John Luongo has posted an article on Headphone.Guru entitled “Is the day of the audiophile about to expire or is it our job as music lovers to educate future generations on what they might be missing out on?” A rather long title. The thrust of the article is around the importance of evangelizing for well engineered music with great sound quality. Also, he pleads with us to stop accepting low quality products. This is almost becoming routine in today’s environment. Here is an example, when I grew up the focus of phone companies was around delivering quality sound reproduction. Sprint had there “pin dropping” advertisements which demonstrated that you could hear a pin drop from thousands of mile away using their service and your home telephone. Can’t do that today. Now in the drive for mobility we get phone call and sound quality which frankly is garbage. Calls drop, they turn half-duplex and you frequently require the other party to repeat themselves. This is also true in audio with mediocre earbuds and poorly engineered heavily processed low resolution audio products. John asks the question of why do we accept this? His and my answer is simply that we are getting lazy. Rather than spend a little effort to find better quality we are lazy and accept high profit margin mediocre products. Think BEATS. Crap at a high place. Our laziness simply reinforces low quality. Our focus today has turned to mobility, technology as fashion statements (i.e. iWatch) and trying to impress your friends, neighbors and anonymous website commenters. You get the drift.
Feel free to rant.