OK, I'm obviously speaking in jest here. As the quality of my headphone/amp/DAC equipment has improved so has my tendency to listen to certain albums (and even genres) of music. Looking back, my taste in music recently has leaned towards those albums/tracks that allow me to flex the audiophile-muscle of my various components (car and workout listening excluded here). Tracks with low background noise, well mic'd, well produced and excellent instrument separation.
Then I found myself listening to my iTunes library on random this evening and I made a startling realization....
So much of my older music sucks.
The unfortunate thing about owning a fantastic setup is realizing that I need to step up my bit-rate game. I'm not the kind of "golden ear" nut that can decipher the difference between 320kbps and ALAC/FLAC but anything near 160kbps sounds like sh*t. The challenge is that a lot of my Hip-Hop, Electronica, Mash-Up and live music is not available anywhere at a higher bit-rate than I already have. More interestingly I can tell which of my older CDs have really crappy engineers. Some of these albums even in 320kbps sound absolutely awful. Well, 1st World problems I guess... I'll have to "suffer" through this world of mediocrity.
Edited by SoulSyde - 9/25/13 at 5:34pm