One of the joys of the digital age is the portability of music. Admittedly, the earliest form of portable digital audio, the ubiquitous MP3 file, quickly became the subject of audio lovers‚Äô derision due to the audible downgrade in audio quality. Apple's iPod introduced a format (AAC) that promised better sound quality with smaller file sizes, but at the same time there was an explosion in audiophile-grade headphones and earphones capable of revealing the quality of the material. What to do? The best way we know is to treat one's self to some high-resolution downloads to find out how the music actually sounded in the studio the day it was created. We look at releases from HD Tracks, Society of Sound, Linn Records, and reissues from The Beatles, Real World Records, and Jethro Tull.
Harris Fogel, posted 12/22/2012