Let Freedom Ring writes Stereophile

In the 2014 November issue, my good friend Steve Guttenberg ("Communication Breakdown") got his facts mostly right: It's true that most listeners (including myself) accept far more distortion today than we did years ago. Many people have never heard a great stereo system—all they've heard are overdriven boom boxes, cheap stereos, and portable systems, and that's what they expect systems and music to sound like. And distortion is part of the sonic language of such musical genres as hip-hop, rap, and alternative rock.Technically speaking, distortion is compression is distortion is compression. You can't have one without the other: compression reduces peaks, and a distorted waveform has fewer peaks than a clean one.

However, Steve missed the important reason why many music professionals prefer distorted, closed-in, compressed sound over the clean, open version:

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