Death to the Loudness Wars?
Over at The Quietus, Nick Southall speaks with mastering engineer Bob Katz about how iTunes Radio may soon put an end to The Loudness Wars. I direct your attention to the article partly because it's a good read and partly because, in hi-fi circles, we tend to think that young people don't care enough about sound quality; this article is a small bit of proof that there are in fact young people who know how to listen. Nick Southall, clearly as obsessed with music and sound as anyone, is two years younger than me. (And, in hi-fi years, I'm a child.)
Here's an especially good bit from Southall's article, Bob Katz speaking:
I just see a gradual opening up of sound quality with new releases, for the better, as soon as producers become aware that iTunes Radio is ‘the great leveler.' It took us 33 years after the invention of the Compact Disc to arrive at a very fucked up point. I think it will only take us five years to return back to sanity, now that iTunes Radio points the way of the future.
For more Southall, click here.