A “professional recording engineer” chimed in right at the
get-go on how most studios use $99 Shure mics and Yamaha NS-10 monitors and
most music is recorded like crap so why bother trying to make a 16-bit/44.1 Red
book standard recording sound good? Why indeed?
Unfortunately 16-bit/44.1 Red book standard music files are going
to be with us a long time. Well after the time when CD’s are mentioned in the
same sentence with Laser Discs and Beta video cassettes we’ll still be
listening to 16-bit/44.1 files, so we might as well try to make them sound as
good as possible rather than merely accept their inherent mediocrity.
I won’t deny that some “ultra-fi” designs are over the top with
equally stratospheric price tags. Do they deserve to rival fine automobiles or
investment-grade art? Obviously, not a lot of any of the components in the
survey will be made or sold. At this level of audio each component is a limited
production art object.
But that’s the point. Customers aren’t merely purchasers of
goods and services, but patrons of the art of audio – partners who are
absolutely necessary so the search for audio perfection can continue to
progress. God bless anyone with the means and passion to purchase a D’Agostino
Momentum power amplifier or any of the other gear shown in the Wired pictorial…you
help make the audio world go around.