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Will it Still be Hi-Fi as We Know It?

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Within the audience whose primary concern is audio quality, the medium matters less than the message. But conventional notions of high fidelity have been brought into question by lossy compression technology while even the new beyond-CD music carriers offer up novel areas of controversy over sound quality. In the rush to exploit new potentials, is the concept of high fidelity being eroded? Comparisons with the auto industry can help clarify the question Who decides?, and provide a model for answering the modern equivalent of the ancient Who guards the guardians? - Who guards the engineers?

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