[FoRK] Take a step back...

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Sep 26 12:09:09 PDT 2011

On 9/25/11 9:56 PM, Joe Reneker wrote:
> The audio quality of telephone calls has decreased. You don't see
> commercials like this anymore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnlqrMWVYCs

The sad thing is that this is completely artificial.  We have sensors, CPU, codecs, and bandwidth to be far, far better than the 
traditional 8Khz audio.  As evidenced by Skype (when it's working well).

I occasionally wonder if the cell companies are tuning the parameters on audio codecs to skimp on bandwidth.  I've toyed with audio 
codecs enough to think that a lot of distortion I hear is from low bandwidth.


> -Joe
> On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:52 AM, Udhay Shankar N<udhay at pobox.com>  wrote:
>> On 26-Sep-11 9:20 AM, Russell Turpin wrote:
>>> But I'm curious what there are other salient examples there are of
>>> "consumer technology regression."
>> Audio gear. I know people who are still using amplifiers and speakers
>> (and other gear, such as turntables) from the 70s, *and they sound great.*
>> Today's receivers and home theater kit typically don't last beyond a
>> year or two.
>> Udhay
>> --
>> ((Udhay Shankar N)) ((udhay @ pobox.com)) ((www.digeratus.com))

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