That's because it's halfway across a circus tent from you. Put it at the end of your arms and it's an entirely different story. I'm just going to address this one because it's all I need to address... Music is recorded with 24 bits of dynamic range so there's plenty of latitude to adjust levels in the mix. But the final mix doesn't include even a fraction of that dynamic range because all sorts of compression is applied to make the music comfortable to listen to. This is a good thing. Too much dynamic range is irritating and forces you to keep reaching for the volume control to turn up quiet parts to make them audible, and turn down loud ones so they don't blast your ears. This compression can be electronic in the form of compressors and limiters, or it can be acoustic in the form of miking from a distance and allowing hall ambiences to soften the dynamic peaks. This process is the same for pop music, jazz and classical... just to different degrees. All music is balanced to sit comfortably within the ear's natural dynamic range of about 45 to 50dB at a time. That's why LPs can have a dynamic range of less than 50dB and still sound good. That's why we never hear the noise floor of a CD without jacking the volume control on the fade outs. Music is mixed to sound good to ears. It isn't mixed to conform to abstract numbers relating to the extremes of human perception. If you want to recreate the sound of a jackhammer turning on and off in the depths of Carlsbad Caverns, then you are going to need 24 bits to do that. But if you want to recreate the sound of a symphony orchestra or rock band, redbook is perfectly capable of doing that. In fact, redbook has more dynamic range than you need, and that is proved by some overly dynamic recordings on the BIS label that are a chore to listen to. CD sound is all you need. See the link in my sig. That said, I have a lot more respect for people who make and record music than I do people who just enjoy posting in forums about recording quality. It's all about the music. That is all. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Music is the purpose of all this. The equipment is just the means to the end. Great music with great sound is great. But great music doesn't get any greater by including frequencies only bats can hear and noise floors that reveal the heartbeat of the guitar player between songs. If you want to participate in peer review you have to work to become a peer. It isn't enough to be an armchair quarterback. You have to get out there and actually produce something. I think if you were more involved in the career of music recording, you might have more understanding of the way music should be reproduced and perceived. Those aren't totally separate things. They're inter-related on a million different levels. It would help if you listened to other people and made an effort to understand what's being said to you. It would also help if you stuck to honest discourse without letting your ego make you wander into logical fallacies and argumentative tactics that obscure the truth instead of revealing it. Just a suggestion. Feel free to ignore it if you want.