Mind you the author runs AIX records but sound like it could be an interesting read/listen. http://musicandaudioguide.com/ Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound is my latest project. After reading a number of the books and lots of online articles on high-end audio, it became obvious to me that getting accurate, honest, unbiased, information on high-end audio can be challenging. Many, if not most, magazine and online sources seem to tilt in the direction of their advertisers or cater to the prevailing views about audiophile accessories or tweaks. They operate mostly in the subjective space and offer personal opinion as authoritative facts. This is especially true as "high-resolution audio" continues to grow. So I've decided to write a book on music and audio. The goal is to offer a comprehensive text, demo files, test tones, and comparison tracks to elevate your listening experience...and knowledge. The accompanying sampler will available on a Blu-ray disc, USB card as well as download files on iTrax.com. Stay tuned for additional information at our websites. Spoiler: Details Kickstarter We're launching a crowd source, Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing, disc replication, and shipping expenses associated with the new book and disc. "Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound" will be available in the first half of 2016. The Kickstarter campaign launches on September 14, 21015, just a week or so away. If you would like to get your hands on the book and demonstration media, please sign up below and we'll keep you posted on EARLY BIRD specials and a chance to win a free copy of the book and disc. If you can see this, your browser does not support IFRAME. Please use a supported browser The Music and Audio Blu-ray Disc The book will come with an accompanying Blu-ray disc containing more than a dozen of my favorite recordings…tracks that demonstrate what real high-resolution music actually sounds like. It's impossible to know how great music can sound until you’ve heard recordings that exceed the boundaries of standard-res compact discs or analog formats. The demo tracks will be presented in traditional stereo and two different 5.1 surround mixes. Users can easily switch between the mixes by using the AUDIO button on your remote. Maybe you’ll discover, as many AIX Records fans have, that sitting in the middle of an ensemble is more engaging than simple stereo. The disc will also include comparisons between different formats like 256 kilo bit per second MP3s, CD spec fidelity, and high-resolution sound. You’ll be able to instantly switch between these different resolutions and see for yourself if high-res music and hardware necessary to reproduce it is worth your dollars. Maybe MP3 fidelity is good enough. Or how about hearing the same piece of music after being mastered with heavy dynamics compression and then comparing it against the “pure” mix with all of the musical dynamics left as they were played by the musicians? Imagine hearing a discrete 5.1 mix realized for any pair of headphones? It’s all going to be on the Blu-ray disc. There will be a complete set of test tones with detailed instructions as well as the previously described music examples and comparisons. Test your system with channel ID tones, phase and crossover tests, and frequency sweeps in a variety of formats. As the owner of all of the content on the Blu-ray demonstration disc, you can be sure that I’ll be able to deliver the project on time without having to worry about licenses from other labels. About the Author Mark Waldrep has been a member of The Recording Academy for more than 15 years,and serves on the Consumer Electronics Association Audio Board, and the High-Res Technical Working Group of the Audio Engineering Society. His production company, AIX Media Group, was responsible for the first DVD-Video titles in the US back in March of 1997 and the first DVD-Audio titles three years later. But it wasn't until the launch of the DVD-Audio format in 2000 that Dr. Waldrep decided to engineer and produce new high-resolution recordings. Fifteen years later, the AIX Records catalog is one of the largest collections of native high-resolution music on the planet, albums that were actually recorded using high-res equipment. Dr. AIX travels the world sharing his expertise in music and audio as a frequent keynote speaker, panelist, and audio authority. And now, he's decided to write a book on these topics. It will nice to hear from a professional audio engineer, university professor, and music producer...for a change.