Thread in the Hoffman site

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by old tech, Oct 27, 2018.
  1. old tech
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  2. 71 dB
    Well, both DSD and CD are sonically transparent formats while vinyl is far from transparent. So, if an analog tape is transferred to these formats, DSD and CD should sound identical to the source (assuming no additional mastering/tinkering of the sound, of course) while vinyl is more distorted than the tape source.

    It's interesting how "audio gurus" can have stunning insight into some aspects of audio, but also hold completely wrong and even silly beliefs about some other aspects.
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  3. bigshot
    I think Steve Hoffman has found a second income by hawking a bunch of woo woo audiio BS. That forum has some knowledgeable people, but they're shouted down by audiophools and OCD sufferers.
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  4. gregorio
    Yes, extremely questionable and that's being polite! A few long time engineers are stuck in their analogue methodology/approach and never really understood, at the technical/mathematical level, how digital audio works and Steve Hoffman is not the only well known engineer to be guilty of this, although I've found this to be the case more frequently with long time Music Producers than with long time engineers. Having said this, by far the most significant parts of creating a recording is usually still the acoustic, analogue and subjective perception parts, and in these respects those like Steve Hoffman typically have almost unrivalled knowledge, experience and skill. However, there are also some "old time" highly respected/influential engineers who have studied and fully understood digital theory, have the added invaluable advantage of first hand experience of the introduction and evolution of the technology and often personal involvement and/or personal discussions with those who invented/implemented it. Bob Katz and Bob Ohlssen being two examples which most readily spring to mind.

    There's also the scenario to which bigshot alluded, the engineer who does in fact know and understand the digital audio facts (and reliable listening test procedures) but on occasion elects to "bend" them, due to some marketing commitment. While this is misleading, unhelpful and annoying, there are few (if any) mastering engineers who can afford to alienate a major client.

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  5. bigshot
    I give Doug Sax (and Lincoln Mayorga) credit for publicly admitting they were wrong. In the early days of CD, they published articles that were completely wrong headed. In fact, I think they were the ones that created the "stair step" myth. But they figured it out, did comparisons and realized that digital was better... then they publicly did a mea culpa. You don't see that often.

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