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Comment Reading is fundamental (Score 1) 419

I never said he had no right to be upset. And I said that the PR guy is clearly the worst of the lot.

But Da(n)ve throws a tantrum when insulted, when he has a viable course of action (cancel his order). Why give your money to the roid-raging PR guy at that point? Why write a novel and a half on someone who is clearly a waste of time? Why would you ever non-ironically type the words "Welcome to the internet, bitch"? The reason is that he sounds broken in his own, not as bad but still douchey, way.

Comment Counterpoint (Score 1, Insightful) 419

He typed these words and hit send:

Welcome to the internet, bitch. That’s how I roll.

No amount of righteous anger makes that anything less than laughably douchey. Especially when it was preceded by a 5 paragraph tirade about how he didn't get his toy in time for Christmas.

Then there's the PA dude who feels the need to mention not once but twice that he's famous.

Comment Yes you've used that expression and it's wrong (Score 1) 369

If 100% of the digital signal gets transported over the cable, it doesn't matter if it is a $10 or a $1000 cable.

If 100% of the signal gets transported, but the cable introduces jitter then it will result in errors during decoding. It's not just a matter of 100% of the signal arriving, it's also a matter of arriving at the right time.

Comment You're just as bad as the religious audiophiles (Score 1) 369

This is a common viewpoint here, that based on your poor understanding of the science involved it's not possible. Meanwhile, the audiophiles, based on their poor understanding of the science involved, assume it is.

HDMI has no error correction, and is prone to jitter. So yes, changing an HDMI cable can theoretically affect the quality of the audio and video output by the device.

I'm not saying the price is justified, because that's pretty absurd. But making a blanket statement about what isn't possible without any understanding or experience is just as ignorant as doing the opposite.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 450

I like how those who can hear the difference (a difference that, again, is provable and measurable) are suffering from the placebo affect, but when you can't hear the difference it's because the difference doesn't exist.

Sometimes the emperor really is stark fucking naked.

Sometimes you can't tell if the emperor is naked or not because your monocle is crappy and smudged. If your system isn't good, you're not going to be able to hear the difference.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 450

Today's music, however, is so compressed (as in audio-compression, not data-compression) in the quest to "make it louder" that it doesn't even get close to reaching the possible dynamic range of 16-bit, which effectively makes an upgrade to 24-bit completely worthless.

Google "Loudness Wars" if you want more information on that.

Sure that's true of major labels, but the gp's quote here is about Linn records, an audiophile record label that *does* care about quality and *does not* brick wall their recordings.

Comment Re:Been tested time and again (Score 1) 450

I don't even want to get started on "audiophiles". They're institutionalized hatred of the sound of live music sickens me...they claim to want the best quality possible, but won't suffer through anything that hasn't been run through an unintentional distortion or dynamic range limiting filter.

I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to here, but audio is a subjective experience. There's a lot of bs and snakeoil in that industry, don't get me wrong, but I think the biggest thing lost in the discussion between "audiophiles" and their critics is that music is an aesthetic experience. While I think "good" sound is highly correlated to accuracy, ultimately our brains are not oscilloscopes, and our ears are not high quality microphones.

Not to mention the fact that most "live" music as we know it and listen to it (unless you only listen to classical and jazz) is amplified through a speaker and resonating around a giant room.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 450

If you can't tell the difference between a 24-bit lossless file and 128kbps mp4 file you literally haven't tried.

The backlash against "audiophiles" has gotten so ridiculous that there's an almost religious belief by their critics that there's no such thing as better sounding audio, even when it's measurable and provable.

Comment If you're ripping for yourself, sure (Score 1) 346

My guess is that Thompson wants their format to be able to sold for lossless downloads, as the formats move that way.

This would be a way for, say, Amazon, to sell lossless downloads and maintain 100% compatibility. Those who care could buy them and then transcode to whatever superior lossless format they wanted to.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"