It’s nice to be proved right. Some manufacturers have stopped making CD Players. Most believed they were like Decca, turning down The Beatles because “guitar music is on the way out”. But CD really was on the way out. There is a better way to deliver digital music
High-end streaming products came on the market because digital streaming could deliver everything we loved about music without any of the downsides of CD. While many firms kept on reciting CD’s false promise of “perfect sound forever”, others got on with the job of actually delivering the most authentic musical performance possible. And that was just the start.
Back to Basics
The source is all important. It’s where the magic lives, and any musical information that gets lost between the source and your ears is gone forever. Manufacturers focused on preserving as much of the original musical information as possible. And with digital technology, we can do that at a level that simply wasn’t achievable before.
But all that effort is wasted if the precious musical information isn’t preserved through every step of its journey to your ears.
At Home In Your Home
With digital streaming, there are no moving parts in the player to introduce imperfections, so even music taken from CD sounds better. Streaming makes browsing fun again, with artwork rendered in all its glory and instant access to anything in your collection. You can hear 24-bit, 192KHz studio master recordings as they sounded in the studio and it’s easy to hook into services such as Tidal, Qobuz or Spotify to discover new music. And with digital streaming you can make your hi-fi system the hub for your entire home’s entertainment, allowing you to connect all your sources, from your turntable to your TV to get better sound, instantly.
You don’t even need to worry about your room, as most upper end equipment has room equalizers that take care of it by uniquely tailoring the performance to your individual room and speaker, guaranteeing you enjoy the best possible sound from your system.
Getting in Touch With Digital Music
Remember when music was something you could touch? Digital music has revolutionized the way we listen, but something has been lost along the way. Hi-fi was a beautiful, thrilling, immersive experience, and it was physical: rifling through your records, choosing the perfect one to play, gently lifting the lever. Now everything has been reduced to a swipe and a tap on a bland black rectangle.
Perfect Sound Forever
About that “perfect sound forever” slogan. There’s an irony here because moving away from CD enabled manufacturers the ability to deliver exactly what CD promised but couldn’t give you: the most incredible musical experience possible.