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Even Heavy Metal Fans Complain that Todays Music is Too Loud

We’ve been hearing it for a long time, mostly by audiophiles nostalgic of the “golden age of audio quality”, but this has started to convince me. From the Wall Street Journal:

“The battle has roots in the era before compact discs. With vinyl records, “it was impossible to make loud past a certain point,” says Bob Ludwig, a veteran mastering engineer. But digital technology made it possible to squeeze all of the sound into a narrow, high-volume range. In addition, music now is often optimized for play on the relatively low-fidelity earbuds for iPods, reducing incentives to offer a broad dynamic range.”