I don’t enjoy listening to satellite radio. Far from delivering the clarity the media touts as an advantage, I hear an awful feedback, and the quality of sound is severely diminished. In fact, listening to it is painful. I plug my iPod into the car’s audio system when FM isn’t available.
Curious about the potential cause of the awful feedback from satellite radio, I consulted an engineer. Here is his reply:
There is a good reason for all of what you are experiencing. The streaming speeds are so wickedly slow (an order of magnitude slower than streaming an Internet radio station which is also really bad) that they have to put very heavy compression algorithms on all of the signal. To me it’s all unlistenable; I would rather just sing to myself.
On the other side of the spectrum, I’m burning my vinyl collection into hi resolution digital files…a typical song is about 500 MBI. The sound is magical!!!
Although this explained the poor sound quality, it didn’t explain the painful feedback, so I asked for clarification.
It’s actually not feedback but just the nasty transients caused during compression, transmission, and decompression. I can understand why it sounds like feedback though!
It turns out, we aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed:
‘We’re in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had,’ Young tells MTV News at Sundance Film Festival.
Neil says: “…It’s all about the bottom and the beat driving everything, and that’s because in the resolution of the music, there’s nothing else you can really hear. The warmth and the depth at the high end is gone.”
Years ago, I talked with a guy who sold Linn Sound Systems. He told me a lot of people couldn’t appreciate the pristine quality because they didn’t have an auditory system sensitive enough to notice the subtleties and nuances of sound energy. He was amazed when, during a demonstration, I was able to pick up on the subtleties he spoke of.
People who are EMF Sensitive can hear the differences because we can hear every nuance of frequencies.
When I consider how EMF Sensitivity is not widely accepted by medical professionals in the United States, I am reminded of the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Just because the masses have closed their eyes (or ears in this case) to the truth, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.