Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Do you prefer the sound of MP3's over wavs?

Appearently each new generation of juves prefers the sizzling sound of MP3 a little more than the last. Pumping rawk, hip-hop and pop all benifit from the stereo smearing, reduced top end and added noise that MP3 gives a thing. Johnathon Berger, professor of music at Stanford, gives enrolling students an informal blind test to see which formats they prefer. He has them listen to a variety of recordings which use different formats from MP3 to ones of much higher quality. "He described the results with some disappointment and frustration, as a music lover might, that each year the preference for music in MP3 format rises." - read the rest of the article HERE.

For a while now engineers have had to mix for crappy laptop speakers, ipods ear destroying open back budphones, and lower rate online formats like myspace and other 128kbit sites. I guess it's a sign of the times and while this may infuriate and annoy some I can't wait for the next format to arrive and the MP3 was better arguments to start. I can just imagine them justifying their taste by making reference to the stereo smearing, added noise, phase distortion,and reduced top end as what made MP3 special.... 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

mp3's sound like somebody made the hi-hats with sand and then put a duvet over the tweeters while compessing it with a JCB!


MAFF

AudioLemon said...

hurray for progress ;)

Anonymous said...

haha....

yeah :)

Maff

Per said...

It's not that strange, many people prefer the sound they are familiar with regardless if that the hiss and wobble of cassettes, the compression and nonlinear freq response of vinyl.
Kids these days listen almost exclusively to mp3's.
"Evolution".

2BiT said...

I think some of the rise of the MP3 over superior formats like .ogg or .flac is an indicator of the victory of branding...mp3 has come to _mean_ any digital music file. even my ma knows what an mp3 is...but if ya presented her with an .ogg she'd be lost.

That and the mysterious failure of many personal music players to support these codecs :( apple suck! ya see this thing they're doin with the proprietary headphones for iPods?

AudioLemon said...

I could never understand why .ogg never made it.