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EXPERT opinion: Mark Jenkins goes deep on digital audio

  • This podcast has been months in the making planning. Mark Jenkins (of Antipodes Audio) and I bounced emails back and forth in March to discuss how he might best tackle such a complex topic: “Why do some digital audio sources sound different to others?”. April vanished. May came and went with Munich High-End. Then June disappeared whilst Jenkins was travelling. Then there’s the time difference between us. Jenkins is in New Zealand and I’m in Germany; it took us until 22nd July for him to be free in the evening and me in the morning.

    The conversation itself is super technical (on Mark’s part — he’s the expert, not me) and perhaps a little dry to start with — but stick with it as it really comes together in the end. Listen via SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or the embedded player below:

    Further reading/watching:

    Thorsten Loesch on USB audio gremlins exposed

    Gordon Rankin on why USB audio quality varies

    OnSight: an afternoon with MBL’s Jürgen Reis

    Innuos’ Nuno Vitorino on ‘Why isn’t digital audio “just ones and zeroes”?’

    Bits is Bits? (Stereophile, March 1996)

    Jitterbuggin’ (Stereophile, November 1994)

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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