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Re: The only area where TAS shits on Stereophile is in their music reviews
Posted by theaudiohobby on March 13, 2006 at 10:19:55:
We lost a generation to computers and video games during the 80's and 90's
Kids never stopped listening to music, they do not fancy listening to music forced upon them by older generation nor are they necessarily keen on listening to their music on equipment dictated b y the older generation, prior the ipod generation, there was the portable CDP before then the portable walkman, a greater problem is that high end is resolutely stuck in the past,.
New innovations are grudgingly accepted only when there is an air of inevitability surrounding their adoption, prime example is digital music in its various guises right down from CD to the portable format such as FLAC, in the hardware department witness the current controversy surrounding switching amplifiers. The irony of it all is that I am not aware of any new innovation that has been adopted universally that originated from a high-end audio firm, it is a telling indictment.
If you follow general audiophile sentiment sonic bliss is owning TT amplified by tubes and playing LPs not tainted by digital processing or multi-miked recording techniques. And that is a rose tinted view of music reproduction, but since a very large constituency of audiophile share this view it has deep-rooted consequences, how else can one insist that tubed amplification, LPs, pre-50s recordings are generally superior to their modern counterparts without adopting a lax assessment methodology, the audio magazines pander to these sentiment in what seems like an ever downward spiral, whilst music reproduction continues to develop but its objectives remain at odds with general audiophile sentiment. Witness the fanatical assessment of many audiophile to the so-called golden standard of acoustic music, forgetting that most of these instruments were developed before the invention of electricity therefore they are acoustic by nessecity rather not by choice.
Music making the painting, recording it the photograph