Month: June 2008

Lossless? It’s the emotional impact that matters


It seems there was a bit of confusion on my last post regarding lossless digital formats, so here’s a clarification. Lossless is not an end to itself, nor is it an especially high standard. Lossless just means, typically, identical to the CD version. Honestly, that’s just kind of a baseline. But lossless is not synonymous with high fidelity. There was a letter to the editor in a recent issue of Stereophile of someone who claimed […]

MP3 vs AAC vs FLAC vs CD


John Atkinson, the longtime editor of Stereophile magazine, wrote an interesting piece comparing MP3 vs AAC vs FLAC vs CD. John is known for providing spectral analysis to the equipment that gets reviewed in the pages of the magazine, which shows the coloration given to the sound coming from a specific piece of equipment. In that vein, he takes a look at how the encoding of CD sound into MP3, AAC, and FLAC compares. He […]

The Foundation of the Internet


A few years ago there were links flying around about the last page on the Internet. It’s kind of a joke, see, since it’s not really a linear thing, and usually said page would have some admonition to turn off your computer and go for a walk. While there isn’t an end to the Internet, there is a beginning, and I stumbled upon it quite by accident tonight. I had heard about this some years […]