Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound

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  1. AllanMarcus

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    Any comment on this book/set?
    http://musicandaudioguide.com/

    More info
    https://hometheaterhifi.com/feature...ic-audio-user-guide-better-sound-book-review/

    Given the cost of shit in this hobby, even if there are just a few golden nuggets in the book, it might be worth it.

    This one paragraph in the review alone has me very intrigued.

    If you you asked Mark Waldrep point blank, he would most likely tell you that the best modern format to record music on is 96 kHz/24-bit PCM digital. He would also tell you much of what is billed as “high-resolution” audio actually isn’t, fussing over boutique analog or digital audio cables is a waste of time and money, and that MQA is essentially a sham. These opinions may not be fashionable with a number of audiophiles (or some of my colleagues in the press), but they are honest opinions, derived from experience and concisely broken down, backed up, and explained throughout the book. Mark actually devotes an entire chapter to MQA and it’s a complete and thorough analysis. asked Mark Waldrep point blank, he would most likely tell you that the best modern format to record music on is 96 kHz/24-bit PCM digital. He would also tell you much of what is billed as “high-resolution” audio actually isn’t, fussing over boutique analog or digital audio cables is a waste of time and money, and that MQA is essentially a sham. These opinions may not be fashionable with a number of audiophiles (or some of my colleagues in the press), but they are honest opinions, derived from experience and concisely broken down, backed up, and explained throughout the book. Mark actually devotes an entire chapter to MQA and it’s a complete and thorough analysis.
     
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    I don't know who Mark Waldrep is, but I wouldn't argue with 96/24 being the best for recording.

    As to MQA, it's gone away hasn't it?

    OK, no. I'm sure it has not gone away. I'm sure it is still being sold as hard as possible. But amongst us of greater sanity (ha ha!) it is not even worth talking about.
     
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    Sorry, the discussion is not about MQA, other than to point out that the author is not a fan. His book is 850 pages long, and he devotes a very small part as to why MQA is not good. The book is way more than that.

    Did anyone get it from the KickStarter?
     
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    Sorry for the sidetrack.
     
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    Well, i'm adding it to my Christmas list. My kids never know what to get me (nudges @Rynsin)
     
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    Allan, I was not aware of this book but thank you for pointing it out.
    I used to read Mr. Waldrep's "Dr. AIX" posts but as my personal and professional experience increased I found I wasn't getting very much out of them. I think he tread a lot of the same ground repeatedly, and always pointed to his own recordings (available for purchase at the links provided) as the gold standard. Still, I did learn from him and he knows his stuff. The book seems to cover a wider gamut and I would be interested were it not so expensive in both book and digital form. Perhaps it will go on sale sometime.
     
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