Rants From An Audiophile: Where Have The “Good Quality” Stereos Gone?
Over the Christmas break, I took the time to install the new under-the-cabinet radio/CD player that will replace the counter model in my kitchen. While I was enthusiastic to reclaim some of the counter space, my excitement soon dwindled when I turned on the new stereo model; Even though it's a brand name product, I was more than disappointed with sound quality. It's not the first time.
As a self-professed audiophile for the majority of my life, I am ever-concerned with the degradation of sound quality that comes from today's "stereos".
To my ears, it seems like we've been forced to accept a tradeoff: With each new digital invention (I.E. MP3 players) and compact innovation (I.E. - smaller sound systems), the rich sound we SHOULD be getting from our playback systems is waning.
I know that they're convenient, but quite frankly - MP3's are compressed so bad that there are no "highs" or "lows" anymore. I have vinyl records that aren't even in the best of shape that sound better than any mp3 I've ever heard. And the speakers they install in stereos these days leave a LOT to be desired.
What can we do about it? Sadly - nothing. We now have a whole generation (or two) that have never experienced what a good-sounding stereo system should sound like - so - the likelihood of anyone making an improvement is nile.
So what is an audiophile left to do? Hold on to their component systems and "furniture-like" speakers forever.