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White Stripes 'Icky Thump' Sound quality

after listening to the cd just once i feel compelled to write a rant somewhere. this is good new album, but i just cant get past the awful sound quality. this overcompressing of the music on modern music is beginning to annoy the hell out of me. im fed up of buying new cds and having to hear digital distortion which im damn sure the artist never intended to be there. listen. the new white stripes album sounds awful for a band that pride themselves on using only quality old analogue gear. listen to the crackle you hear on every hard kick drum beat. i bet thats not on the original master tape the band created, so why on earth do i have to hear it. music should sound better than ever but sadly its just treated with complete lack of care. i personally think this is a huge issue and needs to be petitioned against somehow. whats the point in me spending money on quality hifi gear if every new recording is inherently ruined before i purchase it.

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Re: White Stripes 'Icky Thump' Sound quality

Couldn't agree more. I reckon the trouble is MP3 - people would rather carry 'round every tune they've ever heard on a device the size of a packet of fags than enjoy decent sound quality. The White Stripes used to wear their love of analogue on their sleeves, but it can't be easy taking endless care over recording when you know the end user will squash it down to 128kbps. DAB radio, too, squeezes the life out of music.

Buy records and a record player.

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Re: White Stripes 'Icky Thump' Sound quality

You might have a point, but hold on...

Just a few years back, music was dying a painful death: CD sales were falling, and the charts were dire. It might just be me, but I reckon music today is very alive and well.

You could argue that MP3 refuelled music in the same way that DVD put life back into the movie business.

I'm with you that a 128 file is hardly the stuff of dreams for my main system. But then, that's what my CD collection's for. And I think as broadband speeds increase, the download stores with up the size of the files. At least I hope they do.

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