[feature] With high-definition television just around the corner, the audio industry faces a huge dilemma. Should it go all out to satisfy a similar consumer demand for high-resolution stereo and multichannel audio? Or will broadcasting and media chiefs settle permanently for the present system where audio data is compressed for greater quantity of channels and ease of storage, while sacrificing quality? If the latter happens it could indefinitely postpone the audio engineer’s quest for perfect sound reproduction. If the industry moves to a high-resolution format, record companies and broadcasters will be faced with the problem of moving these larger audio data signals between studios, which is currently cumbersome and expensive. There is, however, a revolutionary development, which could solve this problem in a realistic way: the Audio Engineering Society’s AES47 standard.
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