The Unique Evils of Digital Audio and How to Defeat Them

John Siau writes as follows: We are all too familiar with the criticisms of digital audio. We have heard digital audio described as harsh, brittle, lifeless, tense, cold, and non-musical. Perhaps each of us can add our own adjectives to this list. We are surrounded by poor-quality digital systems. Our consumer-grade CD players, DVD players, HDTV sets, and portable media players are usually equipped with the least expensive digital converters available. We all know that these devices are lacking the “perfect sound forever” that was attributed to the CD in 1982. "Is digital audio fundamentally flawed? Have we followed the wrong path for the past 28 years? Should we go back to analog audio systems? Has anything improved in 28 years? How good can digital audio get?

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