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They told you that CDs WERE DEAD & that you need to buy a new music player!

Discussion in 'Computer & Technology' started by chiefauralist, Mar 6, 2015.

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    chiefauralist New Member

    If you are reading this you are probably one of the millions of individuals who hasn't purchased a Compact Disc (CD) in some time.

    The Consumer Electronics Association?the group that puts on the annual International CES?along with music labels and manufacturers are betting that high-resolution audio will be the Next Big Thing in the world of consumer electronics.

    Even now the Music Industry is gearing up to RE-SELL you music that you already have in the form of HIGH RESOLUTION formats. (Which, by the way have been available for years)

    A quick compression primer: Lossy compression formats such as AAC and MP3 take up less storage space than standard CD audio does, but if you listen carefully you might notice that something is lost in translation. It?s usually the low-end and high-end frequencies that are sacrificed in the name of smaller file size.

    You could opt for uncompressed audio?AIFF or WAV files that are an exact copy of the song on a CD?but the files become so large (about 10MB per minute) that they make storage space a real concern.

    That?s where lossless compression comes in. Lossless formats such as Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) and Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) are still larger than MP3 and AAC formats, but they tilt the quality/size balance in favor of sound quality. In lossless compression, the codecs use algorithms that shrink the file size but allow the original to be reconstructed exactly. You end up with no quality loss, and lossless files are 40 percent to 60 percent the size of uncompressed CD files (still a fair bit larger than lossy MP3 or AAC files, though).

    Then, there is the new CD AUDIO FORMAT - SHM-CD.

    SHM-CD, or Super High Material CD, is an improved version of the Compact Disc (New patent for the CD since the original patent ran out years ago) that uses higher quality, more transparent polycarbonate material that was developed for use in LCDs. It is compatible with any regular CD player. Universal Music Japan and JVC, who developed the SHM-CD, say that the new material also allows the pits to be formed more precisely, and the signal characteristics are improved as a result.

    What that translates to our listening experience, according to Universal and JVC, is a clearer, more open sound, better resolution that leads to more details, and lower distortion. Universal Japan is already reissuing many albums as SHM-CDs in their catalog in all genres, and people are taking notice.

    More on this later...................

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