New techniques aiming at making music louder, not better, are not only ruining the music, but probably also are ruining our ears. As The Australian points out:

Last year’s remastered version of Exile on Main St shows exactly what is at stake. Using almost half the dynamic range – and nearly twice the volume – of the 1994 Virgin Records CD pressing, the opening passage of Rocks Off sounds flat and lifeless. Quite simply, the feeling is gone. And the musical and human personality is squeezed from the Rolling Stones.

this musical squeeze has been getting worse during the past 20 years in what has become known as the loudness wars. Music is consequently louder, more fatiguing and more irritating to the ears than ever.


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