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It's not just the compression or all the other processing that radio uses today.   Poor quality components in almost all radios plus vastly increased levels of interference has diminished radio quality incredibly.   A long-time radio engineer named Herb Squire put together a demonstration tape that was presented to the FCC some years ago showing what both AM and FM sounded like on good quality consumer radios produced in the 1930s through the 1970s.   The quality was...
I might be confused, but I thought Meridian was already purchased by Dolby Labs.  
  I don't necessary agree that no one has ever been able to hear a difference between compressed and non-compressed audio, but I do agree that no one I've ever met has been able to hear the difference between, for example, Redbook CD 44.1/16 and so-called high resolution audio like 96/24 or between an analog LP and a CD-R copy of that LP (If digital is so bad, how come they can't tell the difference?)   I believe I can tell the difference between standard MP3 and Apple AAC...
The iPhone is so light and easy to hold that I really don't think that vibration or user shake is much of an issue.  Remember that image stabilization only works to rectify user movement, not subject movement.    It's a far different issue in heavy DSLRs using large and heavy zoom lenses.   It always boggles my mind that I can take very stable videos on my iPhone, but when I hand hold video on my Nikon D800, it's usually all "shaky-cam" if I'm making long shots, like...
Incredibly high or incredibly low?  I live in NYC in a 2-bedroom apartment and my electricity bill averaged $74.93 per month in 2014.   Anyone living in a home and/or using electric heat or range would have a much higher bill.   I know people spending several hundred $ per month on electricity.  
If they're coming out with a new 12", isn't that going to be replace the so-called 11", which is actually 11.6"? Why would they need both? And if it's going to be a 12", I personally don't feel they need the 13" - there's just not that much difference. Anyone who wants smaller than 12" is probably using an iPad and anyone who wants something bigger is probably using a MacBook Pro. The current 13.3" does have higher resolution than the 11.6, 1440x900 vs. 1368x768, but...
I certainly don't understand all the machinations of investing (even though I'm heavily invested), but I don't get it either even if some European interest rates are negative.   If I'm a European investor, why wouldn't I invest in a variety of stocks or stock funds to get a much higher return, even if riskier?   While I do own some bonds and preferreds, they generally pay at least 4%, frequently much more.   While I own some individual stocks, like Apple, most of my money...
People didn't move up to medium format, they moved down from it.   My father was a pro photographer.  In the studio, everything was 8x10, 5x7 or 4x5.   When they shot banquets and large groups, they would frequently use Cirkuit panoramic cameras in which the negative was 6 to 12 inches high and several feet long and then those would be contact printed (talk about great resolution!)   Most commercial work and weddings were shot either 4x5 or 120/220 format (usually twin...
 I didn't miss that point at all, that's what "more megapixels can actually do harm because they heat up and cause noise, especially at high ISOs..." means, although I should have been clearer and said that "photosites heat up", not "they".
I think that's true although I still like having the option of shooting video on my DSLR without having to carry yet another piece of equipment.   I thought I would never use the video on my DSLR, but I find myself using it more and more.     It's amazing how it's so easy to hold an iPhone and get smooth video, but stick a big lens on a DSLR and even using special straps and the like, I'm frequently shooting shaky-cam, especially for long shots like recording a song in a...
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