There has been a gradual degradation in the sonic quality of the music put out on CD for the mainstream market that has been happening for the last decade or so.

This is not as apparent as it might have been, because the professional mastering studios have been getting better at fixing badly recorded and mixed productions and making them sound OK, but this can never be as good as getting the sound properly recorded and mixed in the first place. Obviously there are many pro studios that are doing a fantastic job, but these are becoming fewer, as this is an expensive and time consuming process.

This continues, unabated and unchallenged because the mainstream music market is gradually becoming more accustomed to hearing electronically generated or modified sound, and with every new generation of music consumer comes further degradation of sonic performance, along with more "convenient", low-fi methods to hear music, for example MP3 players, mobile ringtones etc.






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