Location

Compass House, Anglia Ruskin University
COM123, Compass House Anglia Ruskin University, Newmarket Rd CB5 8DZ, United Kingdom

Location

Compass House, Anglia Ruskin University
COM123, Compass House Anglia Ruskin University, Newmarket Rd CB5 8DZ, United Kingdom

Date

Feb 20 2024

Time

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

AES UK Section Event – How are end-users consuming music in 2024, and are ‘audiophiles’ on to something?

This is a hybrid event.

In 2024, the range of methods by which end-users are consuming music is more diverse than ever before. Continuing advancements in technology make music more accessible than it ever has been, but does this come at a cost? Not too many decades ago, most homes had a dedicated hi-fi system for the sole purpose of music playback, typically from a physical, uncompressed playback medium. Today, this is no longer the ’norm’, and the majority of domestic audio playback takes place through a hybrid system or portable device (TV Sound bars, bluetooth speakers, etc) and is streamed via a compressed format. Commercial music producers and mastering engineers know this, and most often will factor this into their decisions when creating new music.

At the other end of the spectrum, audiophiles who invest great care and attention to detail in building a high-end music playback system for their homes are viewed by many, both inside and outside of the professional audio industry, as esoteric and extravagant. But are their investments ultimately allowing them to get closer to experiencing and understanding the artistic intent of the music? And to what extent is the sonic quality of new music releases compromised through decisions that are made during production with more mass-market consumer playback systems in mind?

Speaker: Jes Kerr

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