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Do You Care About Sound?

Posted by Geoff Edgers  March 15, 2007 10:33 AM

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Theoretically, I do.

But I'm torn by the iPod situation. As Joan Anderman so nicely laid out in the Globe, our ever-developing technologies have created a problem. Sound geeks, who struggled to even embrace compact discs, are now being confronted by the spread of MP3s. Like kudzo, these low fidelity sound files are basically taking over the market.

What to do? I've burned enough stuff to fill my 60 gig iPod, more than 16,000 songs. Now I'm waiting for the 100 gig model to be created. Along the way, I've sort of accepted the trade off, sound for convenience (no storage issues, no longer having to haul CDs from upstairs, no scratching of discs by imaginative pre-schooler who determines my Rahsaan Roland Kirk cd would make a really good platform for her wooden animals). And this coming from somebody who has, in the past, flipped between a SACDs to the regular version, trying to detect the difference.

For this battle, I'm going to defer to my stereo purchasing philosophy. I remember, as a kid, going to the Tweeter at the Chestnut Hill Mall and watching a demonstration of the $15,000 turntable. Then I'd go home and slap my James Gang records on my $180, all-in-one, Bar Mitvah-gift Panasonic unit. Conclusion: Without the super expensive turntable right next to mine, I hardly noticed the difference. So if you come to my house today, and are looking for this, you will be disappointed. I'd much rather have the free cash to pick up a Victrola and a Jack La Lane "leg lift" 78, scratches and all.

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