Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound Book & Blu-Ray Disc
A No-Nonsense Book On Music & Audio!
Everything You Need To Know To Improve The Fidelity Of Your Music System!
Blu-Ray Disc Included!
Music and Audio: A User Guide To Better Sound has been called "The Gold
Standard" of high-end audio books and "An Instant Classic" by readers and
reviewers! This unique look at music and high-end audio was written by an
experienced, award-winning audio engineer/producer and blogger who isn't
beholden to advertisers or manufacturers. Learn from an expert who has spent 40
years as an audio engineer, award-winning record producer, audiophile, writer,
and musician — get accurate, unbiased information in easy to follow,
non-technical presentation. The book has 880 pages and nearly 300 illustrations!
Author Mark Waldrep is a recognized name in the world of audio engineering and
audiophile music labels. He writes his daily blog at RealHD-Audio.com (over 1000
articles) and has over 5000 dedicated followers because he knows his stuff and
isn't afraid to tell you when you're spending money in the wrong places. As
Andrew Quint said in an article at The Absolute Sound, "Mark Waldrep knows
what he's doing".
• Music and Audio: The Basics
An introduction to audio and music: learn about volume/amplitude,
frequency/pitch, and harmonic spectra/timbre.
• Signal Flow: Analog and Digital
Ever wondered what the difference is between TOSlink and S/P DIF? Make all the
• A Complete Hi-Fi Chain
Your system is only as good as its weakest link. How to identify and upgrade
your rig without spending a lot of money.
• Music Production
Making a great recording is the first step in getting better sound. Learn what
the pros are doing.
• Formats: Facts and Fiction
What fidelity is possible with Vinyl LP, Analog Tape, CD, DVD, SACD, Blu-ray,
Files, MQA, and Streaming?
• New Trends: Downloads vs. Streaming
MQA, Tidal, Deezer, Sonos…where is audio headed? Let me share some insights.
The accompanying Blu-Ray Disc (also available as file downloads) contains a
variety of great high-resolution demo tracks, a comprehensive set of test tones,
and a section that allows instant comparison between resolutions, formats, mix
types, and mastering levels. Think your system can deliver the fidelity
necessary to hear the difference between CD quality and high-res? This disc will
put it to the test.
• The Blu-Ray Disc
This unique disc will provide a personal guide through the world of hi-res
• Calibration Tones
Setup and calibration tones to help test and tweak your system.
Comparing Audio Formats
Ever wanted to compare a variety of encoding formats by simply a button? This
disc has it.
• High-Definition Videos
Most of the demo tracks have high-definition video as well as high-resolution
audio tracks. See the musicians playing.
• High-Resolution Music
Over a dozen REAL high-resolution audio tracks from the AIX Records collection.
• Stereo, 5.1 Stage or 5.1 Surround Mixes
Instantly switch between traditional stereo and two different 5.1 mixes.
• Unmastered vs. Mastered Tracks
Listen to several tracks before mastering and after heavy…and
typical…compression is added.
• All Files Are Available As Downloads
If you don’t have a Blu-Ray player, you can simply download all of the files
with the included coupon.
• 7.5" x 9.25" Book
• 880 Total Pages
• Nearly 300 Illustrations
• Written by Mark "Dr. AIX" Waldrep
• Blu-Ray Disc