High Fidelity High!
Club members who can remember the image above from the first time around are at the dawn of a strange new time. You see, both TV Series and the Compact disc were released at the same time (1982). It was a time when the misery of the seventies was abating and a new optimism combined with a bit of spending cash and the development of life-changing new technologies were launching left, right and centre. CD was heralded as the de facto music medium for lovers of hifi quality listening however, the reality was somewhat different and many decided to stick with vinyl despite the huge amount of publicity which underpinned the new technology. Anyway, a new dawn is upon us once more. The dawn of High Definition music
. And about time too! I have recently been reviewing high definition music files played both at home and in the car for Issue V. I am very excited by this technology which combines the convenience of solid state music, ideal for bumpy cars, and near-vinyl quality but without the static pops and clicks or the general delicate handling required of that particular medium. However, for those many millions who have lost their way with MP3 and other squished audio formats reproduced on sub-standard gear, it is difficult to describe succinctly what this new technology will bring to listening pleasure. For those a little more sonically advanced, there is still a danger that analysis paralysis can quickly set in particularly, if you are tempted to try on-the-fly AB comparisons between tracks. It is important when assessing a new listening experience to listen to a variety of good sources in their entirety. It is quite hard to find High Definition music mixed and mastered identically to the CD version. In order to achieve high definition, source music has to be fundamentally remade from its source and along the way inevitable tweaks take place. What I can report however, is that this time, we have an audio format which is loads better than CD and will become a success and hopefully assign squished digital durgery to the trash once and for all!
Until April, I wish you all happy listening! As ever you are welcome to share your thoughts, ideas and top fives with me here: firstname.lastname@example.org