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Old 09-18-2013, 11:36 AM   #5311
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:55 AM   #5312
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #5313
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:24 PM   #5314
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Once the atom was thought to be the smallest object in the universe. Then smaller parts were found, followed by the discovery of even smaller parts. As with the universe being infinitely large, could the universe have an infinitely smaller levels of existence?
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #5315
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #5316
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #5317
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:47 PM   #5318
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Once the atom was thought to be the smallest object in the universe. Then smaller parts were found, followed by the discovery of even smaller parts. As with the universe being infinitely large, could the universe have an infinitely smaller levels of existence?
Sure. Maybe we're all Gullivers, and really tiny Lilliputians live within us. Our bodies are their universes. When we're sick, it's because they're fighting wars or polluting their neighborhood; their Global Warming is our fever, their Ice Age is our chills. Time and space is relative. Maybe each of our cells is a planet, a star, or an asteroid to them and well .... you know where I'm going with this.

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Old 09-18-2013, 12:50 PM   #5319
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:53 PM   #5320
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:57 PM   #5321
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History has proven time and time again that the people will pick convenience over quality. In fact a little over a decade ago the industry tried to push not one but two "high-fidelity" digital audio disc formats... Super Audio CDs and DVD-Audio discs. Neither of which ever caught on of course, as they weren't nearly as convenient as either conventional CDs or the then emerging MP3 player.
My own experience with compressed audio is that if I use a good encoder and a high-enough bitrate/quality setting, I can't tell the difference between the CD original and the compressed file when listening to it through a good set of headphones. I proved this to myself by doing a series of ABXY tests and I couldn't reliably identify which was the compressed file and which was the lossless file.

I think the factors in the lack of mainsteam success of Super Audio CDs and DVD-Audio discs are:

- For a majority of people CD is good enough. Considering that we've gone to lower sound quality via compressed audio formats like MP3 (not bad audio if encoded at a high-enough bitrate and using a good encoder, but not as good as the CD standard), the better sound quality of the above formats wouldn't be needed by most listeners and that you can't easily rip them to put on your portable player would be a disincentive for both formats.

- Per this article, http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html, a higher sampling rate and greater bitdepth than the CD standard (44.1kHz/16bit) would result in worse sound than the CD standard while resulting increased file sizes.

Based on what I've learned via researching the internet, it seems that the main problem with CD sound quality isn't the CD format itself but the mastering of the recording. No matter the format, if the mastering is bad the resulting recording will sound bad.

Unfortunately, many CD mastering practices have resulted is CDs that don't sound as good as they should. One instance of this is The Loudness War, where the recording is mastered to be uniformly loud throughout the song, which kills the dynamic range of the music.

On YouTube there are several videos concerning The Loudness War and how it's made CDs sound worse. The following video involving a song I know well ("Soldiers" by ABBA) gives an illustration of how The Loudness War affects CD sound quality:


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Old 09-18-2013, 01:34 PM   #5323
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