Dave Farrington on how Apple gets audio but how audiophiles don’t make good critics.
This isn’t arguable. Apple is at the forefront of audio in many ways, from iTunes to Garageband to Logic Pro X. Whether listening to music or recording music Apple has provided customers with excellent tools for both and has a long history of moving the industry forward. So, here we are, with iPhone 7 on the immediate horizon, and already the nattering nabobs of negativism have turned their collective ears to Apple’s audio faults?
It’s easy to criticize absolutely anything. It’s more difficult to analyze. Dave seems to think audio critics are like wine tasters who can’t tell an expensive bottle of wine from a box of wine from Walmart.
The argument also assumes that Apple has put audio into a time chamber from which it will never advance. Obviously, that’s not the case. The Lightning connector means high resolution audio files (which are much larger file sizes) can easily be transmitted to high end headphones where audiophiles might bask their ears. Technology is about tradeoffs. Apple could make a nearly indestructible iPhone, but at what price to the customer? The technology industry moves by incremental improvements, with an occasional revolutionary innovation. Removing the headphone jack from iPhone 7 is the former, not the latter. There is room for improvement but trust that Apple knows that most audiophiles cannot tell the difference between high resolution and quality audio that is available now.
And the critics…
The problem here is not with audio or the technology Apple uses to store, distribute, and playback audio, regardless of quality. The problem is that wine tasters usually cannot tell fine quality bottled wine from wine in a box from Walmart.