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An Audiophile's Guide to Romance

An Audiophile's Guide to Romance.

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The Music Lover’s Guide to Hunkering Down In A Storm With A Good Book

I have carefully selected ten books by looking at my bookshelf and pulling out books that have something to do with music that I have personally read at least once. Hopefully, our Music Lover’s Guide to Hunkering Down In A Storm With A Good Book will help you ride out the storm.

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A Brief History of Surround Sound

You could win a bar bet by knowing that Quadraphonic sound (surround-sound as we call it now) first became available in 1969. In 1970, RCA Records released Quad-8 tapes which were 8-Track tapes that played discrete quadraphonic sound. If you played them on a standard stereo 8-Track you would only get half the sound, so this lack of backward compatibility meant you had to buy a specific Quad-8 player. Again, expensive with not a lot of demand. Quad-8 tapes were available until 1978, but demand was never strong.

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The Presumed Demise of Tidal: Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing?

Maybe we’re all concerned with the wrong thing. Maybe the size of a service is not the bellwether of that service’s viability. Maybe there’s room for a service with a vast audience of 20,000,000 listeners as well as a service that provides a high-quality product specifically for people who care about that sort of thing.

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How Loud Is Too Loud?

Back in the day we had a rule of thumb about loud music: If your ears were ringing after you left a show, it was a good show and a good time, if your ears were ringing the next morning after a show, you did permanent hearing loss to yourself.

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The Mother of the MP3, Or, How A Great Song Helped Up-End the Music Business' Apple Cart

Fifteen years ago or so, as a point of marketing, it was not the quality of the music you could now carry around with you, it was the amount of music you could carry around with you. Today we are still using a format that was a cutting edge technology at the time it was developed, even though that format (and the storage capacities of the devices we now use) has long ago been surpassed with other compression codecs.

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