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Reader Erik Dorr writes:

"The difference in SQ between formats is like splitting hairs compared to differences in recording quality. A good 44/16 recordingplayed back on good hardware is a 100% musically satisfying experience, while mediocre recordings on a 2x DSD can sound like crap. I personally have lost all interest in formats (although obviously I am not an MP3 guy), and focus exclusively on content.

I admittedly may be in the fortunate position of having $60K invested inmy front end(DAC / Preamp / cables), but I very strongly feel that the realengineering/marketing challenge is to bring down the price point of this level ofperformance on 44/16 to a few grand andNOT toconvert the universe of listenersto adopting new formats. I believe many in the industry are trying to solve thewrong problem."

Erik and I disagree on the last conclusion about formats, butI certainly agree with him on the point of the recording quality. I have some CD's that sound FAR better than some of my high resolution discs. I am sure you do as well.

If only there was a standard marking or rating system we, as Audiophiles, could use and trust. I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat.

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