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The Impact of Digital Audio

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The philosophy and history behind the development of commercially acceptable and politically available digital recording technologies are discussed. The basic purposes for the introduction of digital audio and its ultimate development into an all-digital consumer record are outlined. The subjects include sound quality, archival permanence and its maintenance, manufacturing quality control, and listener satisfaction and convenience. The advantages which have been realized and those that have not are distinguished. Methods and reasons for including the neglected advantages in the future are suggested. A brief view of the future of audio in the digital era is given.

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