Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Dec 31, 2018
I've been in this hobby for 40 years and a professional engineer for 30 including 15 in audio (highly complex aspects including codecs) and have always left room for the audio press indulgences. This is the final straw. While there are flaws in goldenboys test methods, the overall conclusions that MQA reduces bit depth, fabricates ultrasonics and reduces the fidelity of unwrapped files seems beyond dispute. Like so much of the press today, the audio press thinks their job is to offer opinion but without the constraint of investigation, skepticism or even rudimentary validation. Anyone with even a modest engineering background could have ran these tests years ago. I'm not ready to call the audio press deceitful, I truly think that's unfair. Irresponsible seems fair and accurate. As gate keepers of audio quality they sat mute for years while quietly behind the scenes our long awaited lossless streaming files became butchered with no visibility. If they had any repute they wouldn't be doing damage control, but instead saying "thank you" and running with this to help get to the bottom of it. Shameful.