Here’s the extract for folks who want to run it by Google Translate:
Therefore, it should also be noted that the sound recorded on CD media of which the upper limit of recording frequency is set at 22.05 kHz regrettably does not produce Hypersonic Effect; rather, it may cause Hypersonic Negative Effect. We thus recommend that all listeners who want to fully enjoy the sound of any digital media that lacks ultra high-frequency components listen to such media in an environment enriched by ultra high-frequency sound, one in which natural environmental sounds and high quality daily life sounds co-exist.
For your information, ultra high frequency components which active the fundamental brain are plentifully recorded and contained in the high resolution audio recording of “Symphonic Suite AKIRA 2016 Hyper High Resolution Edition” (PCM192kHz24bit, DSD11.2MHz/5.6Mhz) and the vinyl LP to be released by Milan Records, which was also produced from the high resolution master. It is my greatest pleasure as a composer and as a scientist if you also enjoy the Hypersonic Sound edition of Symphonic Suite AKIRA in addition to this CD.
Apparently I’d need to get one of the following versions to experience the positive effects of the Hypersonic Effect:
- DSD128 (5.6 MHz) or DSD256 (11.2 MHz)
- Record player (LP)
- Higher sampling PCM rates - 192 kHz in this example.
I have just been politely told that the money I paid for this CD is wasted because I will experience the ‘Hypersonic Negative Effiect’ when I listen to the CD. Kudos to the typical Japanese politness, but seriously?
The liner notes just told me in a regretful tone that CD format is bad - as a matter of fact - the worst format of the lot. The recommendation is for me to fork up more money and get the above Hi Res formats instead. Even DSD64 (SACD equivalent) is not good enough to make the cut either!
I do get why LP make the list, because it is an analog format (no discretisation process). But again - seriously?
Given what he said - why release this album on CD at all? The irony of it all is there is a clear defect in track #1. I checked my CD and there are no scratches, also re-ripped the track twice. Can only assume the audio distortion is from the final cut.
So I was “schooled” that CD is bad, and yet the recording engineers allow this mistake to pass through? Is 44.1 kHz at 16 bits deep really the worst of the lot? Playing music via my rig up, I will beg to differ. The glitch aside, this is a pretty good album. Yes perhaps the higher resolution might be better, but let’s not lose perspective, this CD is still rather decent. Not up there as the best CD releases, but it’s definitely on the 65 percentile.
The problem with the audiophile industry is we are constantly bombarded by people telling us what sounds good. This is one example, MQA is another, and me. As audiophiles you must stand your ground and make your own call. Find your own way.
That is all.
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