It seems my old wooden stands had some serious comb filtering going on. I had gotten used to it, or more properly, since I had never heard the difference I simply didn’t know what I was missing. That’s the real key to understanding why quality audio products are so necessary to the audio experience – you simply don’t know what you’ve been missing until you actually hear what you’ve been missing.
A (hopefully) not-too-taxing but somewhat comprehensive overview of digital music formats, file extensions and terminology.
Every component adds some level of distortion along the audio chain, changing the original signal along the way. The simple truth is that regardless of what you spend you will never hear exactly what was heard in the recording studio or concert hall. Another simple truth is that the differences may be so slight you will never notice them, and of course, the higher in quality your components are the closer you will get to the original.
Think the clock goes TICK-tock? Think your turn signal actually goes BLINK-er? Think again, because your brain is just off making music on its own.
There is no doubt streaming is the future of music consumption. But it’s also safe to say that the world of streaming is a bit of the Wild West right now. From what artists get paid (as opposed to what the streaming platforms and record labels get paid) to which service offers the best quality and depth of library is all very fluid.