Audio Nirvana

Today I ran a across a couple of interesting articles about audio. The first was on C|Net titled One man, two ears, and $50K worth of headphones. It talks about a guy named Wayne McManus that goes around collecting classic high-end headphones. These days earbud still seem to rule but I’m seeing more and more people using heading phones attached to their iPods. Headphones give a much better musical experience so I’m glad to see more people discovering that.

The other audio related article was in the Press Democrat (our local Sonoma County newspaper) titled Heroes of Hi-Fi. It’s about Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab which happens to be located in Sebastopol. I had thought they went out of business a few years ago so I was glad to see they’re still around. Since the ’70’s they’ve been re-mastering some classic albums from the original tapes and creating records and CD’s that are much better quality than the record companies are putting out. As will earbuds, in these days were compressed MP3 rule it’s nice to see that someone still cares about creating good high-quality records and CD’s. Personally, if I’m going to buy music I will usually purchase the CD so I have the best quality I can get. I can then create MP3 or FLAC tracks if I want or even and have complete control over the resulting quality. Buying the CD usually only costs a dollar or two more than purchasing the album on iTunes so it seems silly not to pay a little extra for the better product.

Getting back to Mobile Fidelity, they are some great albums available on both vinyl and CD. You can check out their catalog here. I was thrilled to see that they are releasing one of my all-time favorite live albums Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat. If you haven’t heard this one do yourself a favor and check it out!

2 thoughts on “Audio Nirvana

  1. I was on an Air Canada flight last week and was surprised when they announced that people could NOT use ear-covering headphones, only earbuds were allowed. My guess is that it is a safety issue for when commands are shouted. I can just imagine the blissed-out guy in the headphones rocking on while all the other passengers “assume the position” and kiss their belongings good-bye.

  2. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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