The way music is supposed to sound

October 21, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

Tell a false fact or a mistruth enough times and people will believe it to be accurate.

I wonder if the same thing applies to music and its reproduction.

Could it be that with enough repetition the hyper-compressed music of acts like Kanye West and Diddy is how music is supposed to sound?

What happens when enough people who believe that is the standard by which all recording should live up to hear open expansive music? Will they then think it’s wrong?

It is conceivable that if enough people think MP3’s and earbuds are the standards by which music is expected to be listened to that someday LP’s and CD’s will to them sound bad.

Cultural shifts often happen because enough people go in a common direction. Even if it is in the wrong direction.

When that common direction is in a direct opposite path than what we as audiophiles have come to accept as real and right, there’s a risk it will become the norm.

For some, it likely is the norm.

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56 comments on “The way music is supposed to sound”

  1. For most it is the norm. The vast majority of music is listened to through headphones, phones, TVs, computers and portable speakers. My younger son is a fan of Kanye West (he’s not an “act”, he’s an industry). Mention formats to him and he will stare at you in blank amazement. He wouldn’t know what you are talking about.

    The music has to be compressed, or at least produced with limited dynamic range, to be heard properly on these devices.

    I think it is really quite condescending to suggest to people like my son, who is part of the vast majority, what might be good for them. He’s heard a good stereo and it does nothing for him, he’s into music, not sound.

    MP3 and AAC was the right direction for the vast majority of people because the vast majority of music is streamed and often stored on devices with limited storage space. You just can’t do 16/44 on an affordable data plan, and I still pay for my kids’ mobiles.

    As for physical formats, vinyl has a niche market, but CDs? You’re joking. I think the last one my kids bought was about 15 years ago, I think it was Lion King.

  2. Sad but true Paul.
    Try as I might cans ‘n buds have never done it for me, except back in the day (early ’80s) when I was walking around good ol’ Sydney town stoned our of my gourd listening to some terrific tunes through my AIWA ‘walkman’…like being in my own personal MTV film clip…that was quite an experience.
    However, for the last 38 years, nothing beats sitting in the sweet-spot right in front of my home audio rig.
    Maybe *we* are the relics of a bygone era.
    If the next generation prefer their tunes through their i-phones & earbuds who am I to tell them that they don’t know what they’re missing.
    I’m not responsible for their shortcomings, lack of enthusiasm nor for their lifestyle choices.
    Throughout history the majority of mankind has always traded high fidelity for convenience…high fidelity in any field of endeavour.
    Does this mean that as a race we are basically lazy or are the younger generations packing so much into their ’24hrs/day’ that i-phones & earbuds are the best compromise that they can hope for?
    ‘Tis indeed a quandary.

    1. Good morning FR!
      As reasontly as 16 years ago, I was able to download free MP3 files.
      But if you know anything about vacuum tube audio equipment, then you wouldn’t want to listen to MP3 files on that kind of equipment.
      That’s why, as soon as I picked it up, I threw it down and turned my back on it.
      Perhaps because of my eye sight, or lack there is of it, my ears don’t like the sound of MP3 files.
      But wait!
      I want you to picture this in your head for a moment.
      You go for a very short walk around the block.
      But you meat a guy that’s sailing bootlegged CD’s.
      You talk him in to letting you try one before you pluck down the cash he’s asking you to pay for it.
      You then take the CD home with you, and you put it on and try to listen to it.
      But in discuss, you get up right away, and eject the CD from your transport.
      And you run right back down the road to find the guy that you talked in to letting you try the CD before you bought it.
      You find him, in almost no time.
      You throw the CD at him, and then yell at him, “that CD, is no D. good!”
      Because to you, that CD, sounds just like a hole bunch of overly compressed MP3’s.
      To a certain extent, that’s still happening here in my nick of the woods up here in North America.
      Go figure this one!
      I’m just like you.
      If it isn’t high quality, then I don’t want to hear it.
      Big speakers with high quality electronics, is in deed the way to go!

  3. For Most…It Is the Norm!!

    Music comes in Many shapes and sizes, a plethera of genre styles and expressions. However, the “Roots” of our art form aren’t appreciated by all. Personal reference and experiences with acoustical non-amplified live music presentations is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d wager it is with most audiophiles! IMO, knowledgeable exposures and appreciation of acoustical music allows an individual the reference needed to judge accuracy of their home audio reproduction playback capabilities. If/when you feel you’ve achieved that, then to me, all other genre of amplified music falls into place!

    Have you ever entertained an “ear bud devote” to your stereo holographic music presentation set up…their expressions, emotions, verbal declarations and exhilaration are priceless (more like, Ho.. Sh..)!! Would they want what you have…Yes!! Would they ever spend the $$$$…He.. No!!! Thus, do they ever change…no (maybe down the road)! In their defense, they are tied to the deep emotional fulfillment that their musical art, reproduced in any form of playback, can bring…that’s also Cool!! 😉

    1. Do you think that they don’t have the same passions we do? With new cheap gadgets coming out every couple of months I think the younger generations just jump from one to another. They might have a jaw dropping moment when you play music on your system but then they walk away and forget about it. To me that’s lack of passion

      1. SP,

        Sure…youth (and many adults) have musical enjoyment passion…but with the “experiences and knowledge base” they’ve grown up to accept as convenient, easy and normal! Till I “heard for myself” that elusive -HiFi- sound that balanced stereo could offer (a Wow” moment sometime in my mid 20’s), I already knew what “LIVE Music” sounded like (15 years of classical piano study, obtaining a music degree, attending Many acoustical concerts, performing on all of the wind/string instruments, keyboard, vocal and jazz ensembles over a 15 year period)!

        Lack of passion, don’t believe…more like, “Lack of $$$$”!!

        1. You may be right about some of the young generation but I live in an area with ultra wealthy people and my best friends sons have both been up to listen to my system and they were staggered but they would never think of purchasing a higher quality system than a boombox or a better audio system in their cars at least not at the present time. And believe me if you can afford to live in a 36,000 square-foot mansion you can afford an audio system. They have no passion for our kind of music or listening enjoyment and neither do any of their friends

          1. You are correct…some (no matter financial status) just do not have the passion for realistic reproduced music like us, thus is the way in all avenues of life…We’re All Unique (and that’s a good thing)! 🙂

  4. I think it is true, Paul. You mention a terrific key term to back up your point and that is “ Cultural shift.” I notice a big difference as more generations come before my eyes. I’m not very old (41) but I honestly feel that I am a rarity compared to the 30, 20 and teen generations that I see. Even so, many my age are not in this community’s league as far as proper audio re production playback….not even close.
    I cannot have conversations with these people. However, when I go to Montreal and Toronto audiofests here in Canada it is a whole other story when it comes to commonalities in audio. However again, the demographics are incredibly populated by men who’ve got a good 10-20 years on me. 😉

    This is okay because this is how I’ve become an older soul. I’m very happy where I am and I’ve made friends much older than myself because of the Audiophile culture. I just wish more younger people would get it. I know their are many young people out there that get it, however that is just not in my experience. Sadly.

  5. Sure it’s the norm. Just face reality: we are abnormal. We represent a super small niche.

    But I also came to these conclusions:
    * There will always be young people who learn to play (and some even master) acoustical instruments.
    * There will always be people interested in the art of reproducing sound (and listening to it).
    * The majority in that niche will always be older, as only then the resources (money and time) are available.
    * What is often overlooked: The “kids” and almost everyone do know how great dynamics, full frequency range and a wide soundstage “sound”: they all go to the movies and consume often superb audio there (I just say “Hans Zimmer”, “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings”). And they enjoy it. Most people simply don’t care to have that sensation for music at their home. They don’t miss it. And they still enjoy their time when a bluetooth speaker is queeking. And it’s OK, who are we to tell anyone how to enjoy life? Yes, let’s show everyone, give them a chance to experience it. But accept and tolerate their priorities.

    I think it’s great that we have all these options today, that good sounding music is more available and affordable as ever before. I guess a lot of the lamenting is just because we are getting older….

    1. Well put Phillip.

      I view things somewhat differently.

      “Class Will Tell”. I don’t give a Rats ass what all of these other supposed music lovers made it the way to listen to what they call music.

      Electronic miniaturization began this new music explosion for the anytime-anywhere generation. Cell phones enabled society to make and receive phone calls, text messages, emails, social media, knowledge bases, videos every conceivable application in the world and oh yes, music in an easy to carry multi-purpose stress box, much worse in many ways than a master course in stupid, cultism and self stress. Just look at what’s going on with Instagram right now as this month’s example. When people lack dignity and class this is the future of the masses. It all began several hundred years ago. Fortunately, this miniaturization hasn’t kept multiple hundreds of Hi End Audio manufacturers from going out of business.

      I’m proud to be able to separate myself from the masses without looking down on them. It’s who they are and who we are. It would’ve been nice if the invention of the cell phone would have been where this technology ended because it can be a life saver and has a real purpose. But when our corporate masters or the persons sitting at home are conjuring up thousands of useless ways to incorporate the cell phone to make it the center of our Universe from this little magic package, that’s when all hell broke loose.

      It’s unfortunate that intelligent, rational people are not involved in understanding and involving themselves in what makes sense and what is foolishness, that’s how we wind up with Kanye West. So now so many of us turned into giant egos that control our future greed and stupidity.

      You can’t make a silk purse from a sows ear.

  6. I really do wonder how extraordinarily disassociated some people are to the reality of how most teenagers and those in their 20’s and 30’s listen to music. Social media has made music far more social. My younger son and his best friend will enjoy music together even when 3,000 miles apart. They will swap and share Spotify playlists and cast them to a TV, texting as they listen. They may stop to WhatsApp. They are constantly on their phones, for good or bad, and the idea of sitting alone in a room listening to music is just a little weird, in fact really quite weird.

    We just changed the TV in our house from a Sony about 10 years old that needed a soundbar to be audible, to a new LG that has sounds so good I could happily listen to music through it all day. I assume this is driven because so many people listen to music at home by casting YouTube videos to a TV. The LG TV also has various sound modes to make it an even better experience.

    Paul talks about standards. The only standards that really count are those that allow for idiot-proof audio and video streaming. The LG TV has Apple TV, Airplay, Chromecast, Netflix and others at the touch of a button.

    “IMO” the principal driver in quality is likely to be Qualcomm. AptX Bluetooth is very good, it is one reason why I bought the Cambridge Audio CXA81, and apparently they have just released a version of Snapdragon that can handle uncompressed 16/44. Bluetooth is an almost universal wireless platform. Once the new Qualcomm chip finds its way into phones and receiver devices, and you can cast from anything to anything (usually a phone to wireless headphones) uncompressed, with Spotify implementing 16/44 soon, more people might notice it sounds a little better.

    1. Hmmm… from my memory of my youth, unless we were the audio-enthusiasts, if more than three were in the listening room then talking would inevitably happen, which meant that you were no longer listening to the music but rather that you were having a conversation with background music…so you might as well have the television on.
      Can you imagine being at a concert & talking over 70% the performance?

      1. My younger son listens to lots of rap and that kind of thing, knows every lyric to hundreds of songs, so he must have been listening. He also screams and shouts and gets drunk with his mates, has done for years, still does even though he’s a 21 year old postgrad student.

        I think it’s the ultimate in audiophile snobbery to assume that sound quality and formats are the most important issues for people who listen to music, and that people listening to music in lossy formats are going in the “wrong direction”. The vast majority of music listened to is broadcast in high quality by the likes of the BBC at 128kbs. There are probably several times more people who listen to music on BBC R2 and BBC R4 alone than listen through hifi systems the world over.

        1. I tried lossy for 3 months back when when MP3 was
          something new; I honestly couldn’t see (hear) the point.
          If you are raised on 2 minute noodles & baked beans how
          the hell are you gonna appreciate a good beef welly??
          My how things change.

          1. So you never listen to music on the radio? Are the BBC Promenade concerts, the largest music festival in the world with hundreds of the world’s leading performers and broadcast worldwide,noodles and baked beans?

            1. Certainly I listened to music through a radio…
              when I was 9 to 14 years old.
              By the time I was 21 I had a Luxman tuner connected to my Luxman C-120A pre-amp & by 1983 they were playing CDs (lossless) over the airwaves.

              Lossy: baked beans & noodles.

              1. The BBC broadcast The Proms lossless in 2017 and have also done it in 4-channel spatial. The problem is that very few people have the technology to play it. Lossless radio is almost non-existent, but far more music and speech is listened to broadcast than recorded.

                So you get condescending posts like this telling people what’s good for them, and that what they are doing is wrong, but most audiophile companies keep on making mostly the same old expensive stuff that most people can neither afford nor want, failing to appreciate that there has been a cultural shift away from static 2-channel audio ever since the portable radio (for broadcast) and then the Walkman (for recorded) were invented.

                I mentioned Qualcomm because they have designed technology that will allow everyday devices broadcast and receive wireless lossless audio. AptX is lossy but is very close to the same bitrate as 16/44 FLAC. For reasons unknown, PS Audio left Bluetooth AptX out of their Stellar Strata, whereas most competing products include it.

                1. “Pommie” Steve,

                  You are right. Music comes to people in different ways. When my older son comes to visit, he shows me so many different musicians and songs. Some are amazing. He has taught me to explore new music too. He gets surprised when I show him something he didn’t know. He loves the sound of the equipments at home, but he doesn’t “need” it to enjoy it. He actually showed me an older Kanye West piece that was surprisingly good and with excellent sound quality. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name now, it was around 20-30 minutes long. I’ll check with him. He agrees that most of his newer music (industry) is not that good.

                  And then you go to a concert hall, like we did last Sunday, and the audience age was around 75 years old on average. So sad. Great sound for mostly deaf people.

                  I think what he enjoys the most of the equipments at home is the bass, he likes a lot of electronica.

  7. Personal taste in listening is as varied as the spectrum itself. Having a decent resolving system, and knowing the shortcomings of the media chosen, there will obviously be trade-offs.

    The variables to be found, which starts with the presentation of the engineer’s work at the console, can oft times not represent actual live performances, but that is also by design. This should not become the benchmark of how we determine the validity of a work. Just understand we all have differing tastes. This leaves us all room to enjoy the magic and wonder that music can bring to us all.

  8. From my experience here is how I classify people with respect to music. I have known people in all of these categories.

    1. People who are irritated by music. These are people who simply to not want music playing that they can hear. This is a very small percentage of people.

    2. People who hear music as background. They don’t mind music as long as it is not too loud and they can easily talk over it. These people seldom have a favorite kind of music or favorite songs or albums. They simply coexist with music. My guess is this is at least 10% of the population and could be as much as one third.

    3. People who genuinely like music. They have favorite types of music, favorite songs, albums, musicians and singers. They do, however, only need to hear the music. They do not notice sound quality unless it is really bad ( highly distorted or full of noise ). MP3 is usually good enough for these people. My guess is this is at least 70% of the population.

    3a. This is a subset of Group 3. True musicians ( which includes singers ). These people truly care about how music sounds when they play it. When they hear recorded music being played their brain takes over and they “hear” the music as it is supposed to sound. There may be some non-musicians in this subgroup. They are usually people who are in the music industry. I have no idea how large this subgroup is.

    4. Audiophiles. People who like music and want the best sound they can get when recorded music is played back. I hope there are more audiophiles than there are people who truly dislike music ( Group 1 ).

    1. “There was a time when the sound of synthesizer was so new and otherworldly that it provoked strong emotional responses—anger, fear, laughter. As the English professor Nicholas Laudadio recounts in the journal Science Fiction Studies, a German musicologist complained in 1954 that they reminded him of “barking hell-hounds—these sounds come from a world in which there are no humans, but only devilish beings.”

      It’s no surprise, then, that the biggest skeptics of electronic music were musicians themselves. Many feared being replaced, either as performers or as composers, by computer processes. Laudadio investigates these attitudes by looking to science fiction stories from the 1950s, Charles Harness’ novella “The Rose” (1953) and Lloyd Biggle, Jr.’s short story “The Tunesmith” (1957), that imagined scenarios in which electronic music threatened human culture.

      “The Tunesmith” is a grounded satire of these attitudes, set in a authoritarian near-future where the only music still consumed by the public is commercial jingles. Human composers make this music, but settings on their synthesizers (the “multichord”) and the operations of musical guilds strictly constrain their creative choices. The guilds, in fact, have all but banned acoustic instruments, because they cannot control the emotional effect they have on listeners. Laudadio thus concludes that the repressive aspects of electronic music were the fault of social attitudes and not something inherent in the technology. Indeed, this reflects his 1950s perspective, when the big record companies seemed to be leading society toward lowest common denominator “Muzak.” But it also optimistically forecasts the more democratic attitudes of the 1960s counterculture, of which early synthesizer builders like Moog were a part. Even today, tension remains between the power technology has in homogenizing musical culture and in providing niche musicians the ability to hear and meet each other.” –

      Remember the subject, “The way music is supposed to sound”… Who has the authority to determine this question? Where does the bias end? It’s not a new argument.

    2. It is the same with good food and industry food. The latter has become the norm already for more than one generation. It is again and again proven in blind tests. Random tasters in majority tend to prefer the instant taste of the industry, above the artisanal products.

      Audiophiles live in an alcove. If you want to seduce the new generation integration and convenience are the buzzwords.

      I estimate my new Lyngdorf 3400 with hdmi module (with a pair of good speakers) is as far as they are willing to go. Most probably they will be happy with the 1120 as well. And I bet they won’t bother about RoomPerfect.

      So, yes, if it is not iphone enabled, it will not pass the preselection.

      1. When people stop cooking at home and make a habit of eating junk food that’s when obesity intensifies and leads to diabetes that leads to heart disease, stroke, cancer and so many other illnesses that there are too many to count and now this is the way our lifestyle has headed and will continue. We are the innovators of garbage food and now we even have sports celebrities whos greed has no boundaries making a fortune hawking a dying sandwich company that is poisoning the masses and is talked by the medical community on the news every stinking day. When this is what people want, this is what they get. The only thing I wind up doing is bitch and moan. I sure don’t have the guts of Greta Thunberg to go out and preach what our future holds. And I know this makes me an outcast but I don’t give a damn

        1. Neil,
          You can put on weight from home cooking too.
          Especially if your wife is a fantastic cook.
          We joke about that’s how she’s gonna get rid of me 😀

          1. You’re a lucky guy. Just need to know when to push the table away.

            My ex-wife was not a bad cook but she didn’t like to cook so with all of my experience my apprentice sons and I did over 80% of the cooking in the house. Today, my sons can outdo me because I am getting older and more tired. Unfortunately, they both live in San Diego.

            I still can’t eat the trash in the places where I live. Even if they’re diners or supposed restaurants. One of the tenants that I manage is a husband and wife duo that own a Thai restaurant. She is Thai and he is from the Amalfi Coast so he knows Italian food really well and she cooks great Thai. The best part is that Giulliano refuses to charge me for any meal, which is usually once a week. I leave large tips for the staff and bring him a great bottle of wine every once in a while because I don’t feel right about not paying for my own meal. Nice people.

            What’s your wife making for dinner tonight Martin?

            1. Sorry for the late reply Neil,
              International time zones.
              Sweet & Sour pork, an Asian beef & potato curry (coconut cream), a mixed vegetable dish (baby corn, bok choy, five different types of mushrooms, carrots), & steamed Jasmine rice.
              It’s the blending of the various spices that creates the great flavours 🙂

              1. You lucky son of a gun. That’s a feast not a meal.

                I went to my tenants Thai restaurant and had pork and vegetables in gingers sauce with jasmine rice and I walked out smiling. Felt good not to cook tonight. Does your wife cook like this every night?

                1. Everything is relative my friend.
                  That’s not a feast; it is a meal, with leftovers for the next 2 days…thank God for the microwave oven 😉
                  A feast is when she spends 5 hours in the kitchen & turns our 5 or 6 separate dishes plus the steamed rice (or egg-noodles).
                  She cooks twice a week but makes enough for 3 days so that she’s not chained to the kitchen.
                  With us it’s team work; she cooks, I help her prep & then after eating I clean-up everything 🙂

    3. (Sung to the tune of ‘Somewhere’ – Leonard Bernstein)

      There’s a place for us
      Somewhere a place for us
      Perfect music in the air
      For all of us, somewhe-e-ere.

      There’s a time for us
      To listen without fuss
      DSD heaven & time to spare
      With lots of high-end gear.

      There’s a room for us
      A listening tomb for us
      No escape from those decibels
      A 3D soundstage hell

      Somehow, someday, somewhe-e-ere….

    4. 100% agree. Just search for “extremes bell curve”. You just described that. When doing user research one proven method is to look at the extremes. If you want to learn something new about “shoes”, talk to people who collect hundreds of shoes, shoe fetishists and experts. And to people who walk bare foot all the time. There you will get new insights. If you talk to the average guy, like me (I own maybe 8-10 pairs) you will learn nothing, you know all that already. The world, as it is, is designed for “most of the people”. Same is true for audio.

  9. My son is a musician and grew up listening to my audiophile systems. However, once on his own he was stuck listening to music ripped at 320k and better than average headphones because it’s all he could afford or I wanted to buy for him. We both continue to buy CDs and he rips to FLAC now as well as being very picky about his recordings and how his own recordings sound. But he is an anomaly among his musician friends. he recently got married and bought a house. My housewarming present was a carefully curated starter audiophile system for he and his wife. “Baby audiophile” as I call him in jest, is very happy and recently emailed me about hooking up his 4 track tape player and playing around with the sound stage he’s getting. On the other hand, while my daughter enjoys listening to my system when home, she has to be content with her earbuds and MP3 player again because rent and food and car repairs come before SQ – but she enjoys her music especially the lyrics. I read the other day that the auto makers are starting to focus more on the sound systems (e.g. 16 or 32 speakers!) to attract younger buyers. Maybe that will increase exposure (for those who can afford it)
    As for my friends, they’re just older versions of listeners who were never exposed to real Hi-Fi and now are content with soundbars and a “smart speaker” (not two!) playing flat background music. To each their own – I’ve stopped scratching my head and realize my listening sessions alone in my basement and my constant search for “awesome recordings” is a personal choice akin to my golf buddy’s sports memorabilia collection. I could care less about watching most sporting events (other than golf) and would rather be spinning vinyl or CDs. Lonely maybe – but grinning ear to ear!

  10. I don’t think so. Whenever any of my kids friends hear something playing they say, “I had no idea,” they are shocked at what they can hear and how it sounds, and in a most positive way.

  11. Today’s post certainly borders on the political landscape.

    The boys from North Dakota
    They drink whiskey for their fun
    And the cowboys down in Texas
    They polish up their guns
    And they look across the border
    To learn the ways of love
    —Lyle Lovett

  12. We are comparing background Muzak that is accompanying other activities to engaged foreground musical listening. Recording a foreground musical experience is incredibly challenging to both performers and technicians. For this reason, it is no longer done very often.

    How do we get back to that? We need to focus our support on the music as opposed to the technology. It is incredibly harder to find first class live music having little or no amplification than it was a few decades ago. That’s precisely what “high fidelity” was being faithful to. Until the music becomes a common experience people ordinarily have again, it simply won’t be appreciated because the technology isn’t good enough.

  13. What a brutal day of judgments by many who post here. It’s good we’re so enlightened. ( ◔‸◔ )

    I listen to compressed music quite often. On the airplane, in the airport, in a hotel room, on the golf course and so on. I don’t sit in judgment of the sound quality. I like music in many endeavors and today’s technology has helped make that come to fruition. In most cases it’s just plain enjoyable.

    Part of the whole audiophile thing is to sit in judgment of your system and the recordings. Then complain about everything from prices, to feeling left out that you don’t have a special purpose room, an ultra reference system and that recordings are up to the quality you demand.

    Then there’s the whole condemnation of todays youth and society in general. Yet that condemnation is coming from a generation on their way out who created the generation they’re bitching about. In addition that older generation helped develop all the technology they now despise.

    So it’s pretty freakin’ simple. If you don’t like listening to certain types of digital music or genre’s or anything else then don’t. If you’re in a business of recording or music distribution and want to maximize profits then you better cater to what the masses want. In todays era of digital there’s no reason that any and all formats can’t be distributed.

    If your interested in quality playback, then you have to learn all the in& outs, plus the ups & downs and all the other things that die hard audiophiles carry on about. Only to learn in the end that no matter the given’s of today’s technology, it’s all a 2 channel illusion. Plus no matter how good you think you did there’s still something that’s not correct.

    If you stand back and look it’s really no surprise that “audiophiles” are looked upon as a judgmental arrogant group as a whole. They appear at times to want to dictate to the world how the world group should listen, and to what they should listen to.

    1. I make no judgements, what music group someone is in is up to them and there is no right or wrong. Let’s consider bowling. There are people who hate bowling, there are people you bowl once in a great while, there are people who bowl to have fun and drink beer, there are people who join amateur bowling leagues and bowl seriously like my parents did, and finally there are professional bowlers. Some people look down on bowling. some people don’t. Who cares, as long as you are having fun.

      1. Tony,

        I was very careful that I didn’t use the word all. 😀 Judgements are part of the human condition. Generalities can prevail and there’s always exceptions. The point I was trying to make is that obviously there many more music “lovers” out there than “certified audio connoisseurs”. There’s room for all. The debate seems to come from the ‘proper’ way to listen. (How what where etc). For myself 2 channel audio is an ‘event’ that I choose to participate in and enjoy immensely, Much like a night of bowling and beers.

        I would say that there is no absolute correct way to listening other than finding what suits you best. When I’m at home I listen to a certain fidelity and presentation and sometimes after reading these daily posts fall into the critique mode where I find every flaw. Yet when I’m listening elsewhere on something less than ‘audiophile quality’ I can can just enjoy the music and not critique. So like you say, have fun and enjoy. ✌️

  14. A distopian tale of music can be found on side A of RUSH 2112.  In part 3 the protagonist discovers an ancient acoustic guitar behind a waterfall…

    Maybe some folks would rewrite it where a person of the distant future discovers a PS Audio system lifetimes after the music police outlaw all recordings above mp3.

  15. Hello Mike (11:53),

    Just reading all this now. Your summary is largely on target, except you left something out, alluded to by Stimpy2:

    Not only did we create this generation of 30-somethings, we left them a ticking pollution timebomb. As bad, we created so much national and international debt, they may not have the money to deal with it. Just about the time it blows up, most of our generation will have abandoned them, going to that great soundfield in the sky.

    And, we have a complaint about the quality of their music?

    1. Thanks JAS,

      Another thought popped in my head about ‘generational’ music. How many of our parents despised what we started listening to in the young days of the mid to late 60’s and onward? I’m not sure it is as all bleak as we paint the picture. However There is certainly a lot of room for societal improvement….

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