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As Technology Advances, Demand for Quality Sound Decreases Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Image"At the ripe age of 28, Jon Zimmer is sort of an old fogey," writes Joseph Plambeck in an article that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday. "That is, he is obsessive about the sound quality of his music."  Plambeck's article is a great read, and it just adds to what audiophiles have been saying for years.  Convenience and portability are going up, but audio quality is on the decline.  It's not just in file compression either; it's in component quality too.

One such example in the article is 22 year old Thomas Pinales, who listens to his iPod through a pair of cheap earbud headphones.  "My ears aren’t fine tuned," he said, explaining why he doesn't feel the need to upgrade his earbuds.  "I don’t know if I could really tell the difference."

The reason, according to Michael Fremer of Music Angle, is that people just aren't listening to music on its own.  "People used to sit and listen to music," said Fremer, "It was an activity. It is no longer consumed as an event that you pay attention to."

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