- Mar 30, 2009
- London, England
I'll meet you halfway, @perzon57! I'm happy with the sound quality of many of the Atmos and Dolby Audio offerings on Apple Music, especially those things that I don't want to shell out the big bucks for anyway! (Like All Things Must Pass, for instance.) But even after correcting for expectation bias (and "I spent good money on this, so by god it will sound better!" bias), some things just sound better on disc.
Some knowledgeable-sounding person--maybe it was @pat bateman?--posted about this on one thread or another, sometime in the last few months, and I think the gist of the post was: depending upon what-all is going on in the music at any given moment, sometimes 768 kbps is sufficient for transmitting all the relevant audio information. Sometimes not.
But at the end of the day, I agree: it all depends upon how much that matters to you. Amazingly, there are other things to spend money on besides multi-channel music...
Captain J.T. Kirk was right! Space is the final frontier!
any quality concerns of the streaming have to take lower priority right now, i just don't have the room for so much physical music 'stuff' these days i've been slowly sorting things since the covid move but its already filling up in here. apart from the 1/2 dozen Monster DTS titles that somehow found their way into the piles these are just some of my SACDs and only some of the Surround ones at that!
(the gap 6 shelves down is for the next batch of DV SACDs, there's room for 12 there! )
there's loads of music 'stuff' still in boxes i've yet to bring, i can't face dealing with it right now, LPs, CDs, tapes, DVDs, box sets.. its like that Steven Wilson song with the list of 'stuff' you don't need!
so even if its quite lossy and there is a palpable difference, the Surround streaming thing is quite attractive to me at this moment in time, for sure its relieving the piles! ✌