Posted this on a Klipsch owners' Facebook page, with little to no interest...figured I'll query your interest here:
Long before home theater I would always find a way to get the TV and video/movie sound out to my stereo system. The sound was so clean and full, excellent bass depth and tone. I thought it sounded so much better than recorded music of the time; vinyl and cassette and CD. I attributed it to the higher bandwidth and resolution that they used to record; although the term bandwidth may not have been used back then, I think it meant the same; basically, capturing more information ...at a given time than what they were doing with music recording.
They used wide, high quality tapes I guess more than anything else. Think reel to reel for audio, and how, at the end of the day, maybe still the best medium that we have ever had available for music. And what about VCRs? Anyone ever record your records into the VCR? Sounded amazing, didn’t it?
And TV and movie audio continues to dominate today. Take for example; the other day at the end of Episode 3 of HBO's True Detective (current season), the song that was playing right at the end of the dialog suddenly got full volume as the credits started rolling. I thought, OMG that sounds awesome! I played it over a few times, impressed with how my system was sounding! Although I had definitely heard the song before (I thought it was Conway Twitty), I had to look it up, and found that it was actually Jerry Lee Lewis.
Well I immediately went to Amazon Music, and Alexa found the song right away. I played it, and although it sounded pretty good, it was missing that fullness and room-filling presence that was coming from the video; I can’t really describe it; it just sounded different, in a lesser way. I know, I know, you’re going to say that it’s compressed, but personally I think Amazon overall has very good quality.
So what happened there? Obviously the same version of the song that was originally recorded for a record, but sounds so much better in a film soundtrack. I assume they remaster it from the original tape with higher resolution, bit depth, sampling rate?
So who’s with me on this, and maybe some of you techies can offer an educated synopsis that backs up what I am throwing out there; what I am hearing. And when is music recording going to catch up?