Computer Audiothe Big Picture
"I don't want you to talk about the nuts and bolts of computer audio, FLACs and DACs and files, etc, but to talk about the impact the computer has had on high-end audio," said AudioQuest's Steve Silberman when he asked me to be on the Saturday lunchtime panel session he was organizing for RMAF. Titled "Computer Audio and Beyondthe Ever-Shifting Landscape of Hardware, Media, and Content Providers," the session featured (from right to left in my photo), as well as Silberman, Joe Harley of AudioQuest and Music Matters, Chris Connaker (ComputerAudiophile.com), Matt Ashland (J River Media Center), Gordon Rankin (Wavelength), and Matt Green (Logitech/Ultimate Ears).
The wide-ranging discussion lasted for an hour, following which we took questions from the capacity audience. One of the first questions was addressed to Matt Green and raised a laugh from all: "Why did you kill the Squeezebox Touch?"
My own contribution was to complain about hardware that wasn't receptive to every one of the wide variety of file formats it would encounter. To paraphrase: "There is no reason why anyone needs to get in touch with his inner geek just to be able to enjoy his music from a computer."