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>> Given the sonic superiority of the PMD model 1 and 2 when they came into existence, do you think the the high end audio world would have been better off if there had been a wide spread implementation of the HDCD process in almost all CDs? <<

Let's imagine a world where true high-res never came along to disrupt the HDCD business model. I would imagine that over time, more and more mastering engineers would have adopted HDCD. Let's further imagine that it was so successful that HDCD became the ubiquitous de facto standard for CD.

It would be analogous to saying that the Spectral Audio pre-amp was the world's best and it will be the only one allowed to be used by the "music police". No other manufacturer would ever be able to innovate or improve - only engineers who were contracted to Pacific Microsonics (eg, Keith Johnson).

My personal opinion is that this would be an improvement over the previous de facto standard of the Sony A/D converter, but that in the long run innovation, creativity, and improvement would be stifled. What do you think?

As always, solely my personal opinions and not necessarily those of my employer or mastering engineer.

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