Music for the Laptop Generation?

I freely admit to being something of a hi-fi nut (although it's about time I upgraded my old CD player, to something which will handle DVD-A with MLP).

Still, I ripped my first CD to iTunes, this evening. I won't reveal what it is, as that's something of a guilty pleasure (just that it was released in the last 12 months), but I was staggered to discover that it sounds just as good, out of the tiny little speakers of my MacBook Pro, as it does out of my mighty Dali Skyline 2000s, which are driven by monobloced Meridian 557s.

Are artistes now mixing their songs with laptop speakers in mind, or as I approach 40, is my hearing heading into terminal decline?

Comments:

Hi Dave,

There was an interesting item on Radio 4's PM program on the 17th Feb that I caught while driving (about 27' in if you get a replay). It was about the boosting of volume in TV ads but they had Mark Ayres from the Radiophonic Workshop talking about the use of compression. Look up 'loudness war' on wikipedia as well. Interesting stuff and shows how this has changed (and is changing) over the years in broadcast and CD audio.

Neil Young has also been quite vocal about his dislike of encoding for CD's and iPods and talked about why he waited for Blu-ray to release his mega archive at JavaOne in 2008.

But then again as I have 10+ years over you my hearing is well shot :-) .

Cheers

Steve

Posted by Steve Elliott on February 19, 2010 at 06:48 AM GMT #

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