Okay, Stereophile has done it again. In the feature T-Bone Burnett article the following passage appears without even so much as an editor's note:
Burnett and team of engineers he employs have recently formed a new company, XO E, and have developed a system they feel may stem the tide of substandard sound.
"We've developed a system where we can make MP3s sound better than CD's do", he says flatly. "It's a whole technological...but also a more aesthetic approach to the production, manufacture, and distribution of music. Our main goal is (to) make the world sound better."
Hasn't Stereophile's "official" take on MP3s, regardless of the bit rate and the software used to encode the file, been that all MP3s are inferior to the original uncompressed audio file and furthermore, that all of the various devices on the market which claim to make MP3s sound "better" than CDs are nothing more than glorified equalization programs, as is the case with the Sound Blaster X-Fi line of sound cards. And if this is the case then why does Burnett get to make a statement that is basically marketing hype without even so much as an aside by JA?
If the world is indeed going to move towards better sound, then over blown marketing hype needs to be called out for what it is, each and every time that it appears in the pages of publications such as Stereophile (unless of course, the hype appears as part of an advertisement, as was the case with the Bobcat nonsense).
I don't doubt that Burnett means well but MP3s are never going to sound better than the original uncompressed audio file from which they are made.