Really good mikes cost a lot of money.
Those mikes are owned by the recording studio. That two grand is half recording, half pressing and packaging. There are half a dozen here in Springfield, friends of mine have used them.
Deutsche Gramophone worked with Yamaha to make a recording system capable of getting a 144db dynamic range.
CDs are limited to a 90 db, making that kind of pointless. LPs are limited to 60 db but oddly I have several LPs with more dynamics than their CD counterpart. But the point is, we're not talking about classical music with a 72 piece orchestra, we're talking about what's on the radio worldwide.
But of course, if one listens only on crap earbuds or a crap car stereo, then who cares, right?
You do realize that we're talking about streamed MP3s, don't you?
I still think streaming is for suckers. You pay for something that can be arbitrarily taken away by the "content owner" at their whim.
Paid streaming? I agree with that. But then, I don't have cable, either, the antenna works fine. If I'm buying music I want it on media; if you don't have the media you don't own anything.