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We've recently discovered a website filled with interesting articles and research about all kinds of things, but what peeked our interest were the articles on music, audio and sound. This was an interesting article on the first instruments created and why humans get chills from certain music.

Here's an excerpt....

Health and wellness has been more focused on a good night's sleep more than ever. Can music play a role in helping us get that 8 hours we need every night?

Primephonic started as an HD download service a few years ago. Then offered music streaming at a mainstream sampling rate. Suddenly, it's gone and owned by Apple who plan to re-release the classical music streaming service to address the classical music listeners who need more search functions / metadata to serve their needs.

Apple brought Spatial Audio into our music world like gang busters with millions of dollars being spent on ad campaigns. Is Spatial Audio the rebirth of music the way iTunes ushered in the world of digital audio with devices, music and non stop ads? Is it really better?

An article in the New York Times presents an ugly picture of what might happen if Spotify goes away. But really, it applies to all streaming services. Are you keeping your entire music library on playlists and relying on big business to treat your music library as carefully as you would?

Recently, a subscriber wrote to us and asked this question. Everyone is going to have a different opinion and to a certain extent, if you're happy with how you listen, that's the only opinion that matters. But, if you're asking which sounds closest to the final mixed or mastered version of a music track and from an audio engineering point of view, there are a few critical processes to consider.

Apple has decided to challenge the mainstream with the idea of higher quality audio.  Sadly, it's at the expense of the labels, artists and engineers who created it by not adding another level tier.  Of course, Apple will sell their hardware to their advantage and increase the prices.

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With the announcement that Apple is going to offer streaming FLAC and Atmos, we believe DSD is going to benefit from the chaos that will ensue. Apple has no idea what they've just committed to.... killing off great sound except for the few who are committed to DSD.

Rushton Paul writes a very good article on the challenges of DSD recording and how different engineers, labels and resellers approach it. Rushton investigates the variables and gives examples from different labels.

Somehow, the discussion of 'what sounds better' has gone from bad to worse. Click bait videos, angry arguments online, people trying to conjure up proof without getting enough facts. And what happened to DSD in all of this? Is it forgotten? We hope not.

It's hard to mess up a DSD recording. At the same time, it's not easy to DO a true DSD recording. DSD won't improve a bad recording and neither will a $100,000 stereo system.

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