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There’s A Missing Dimension In Your Sound

Sound has two dimensions, a “time” element that originates from the intentions of a speaker, singer or musician and a “spectral” component that radiates from the resounding body of the instrument being used and the player’s interaction with it.

On the “other side” in the inner world these two components are discreet and exist in a state of pure potential.  However, when they are gathered by intention and brought into our “real” world by the conscious choice and action of a musician, they are locked together into a complex waveform.

Although they are combined into a single wave packet, in a live performance the relationship between these two separate components varies constantly due to the changing conditions of both the external environment of the instrument and the internal environment of the listener.  This ever-flowing river of real and imaginary variations is extremely dynamic and contributes to the overall spatial qualities of the sound.  Even if the same sound is made in the same environment, minute factors will make it sound slightly different each time.  So, in a live performance, all four of these factors; player, instrument, environment and listener create varying relationships between the time and spectral elements of the music.

However, in the standard recording process, a whole dimension of the music is lost, resulting in a dead, lifeless sound.  These two components become locked together in whatever relationship they were at the moment and the sound looses its “alive” feeling.  This is one of the main reasons why a recording never sounds as good as the original live presentation.  Digital recording adds to this problem, causing a loss of analog “warmth”.  So-called “stereo sound” is a step in the right direction but merely a feeble attempt to restore what has been inadvertently taken away.  Analog recording is superior to digital but still has this limitation along with several others such as noise and lack of dynamic range.

Digital encoding (like MP3) further amplifies this problem by ignoring one of these dimensions altogether, seriously sacrificing quality for convenience, and the “realism” is lost forever. Much has been written about this and other problems caused by digital recording that significantly affect fidelity and the true spatial qualities of the sound.  There have even been reports of danger being associated with listening to digital sound and music.  Currently available audiophile approved solutions are mostly just expensive “fixes” that modify the spectral aspects of the music with wildly subjective results.  In addition, portability can sometimes be an issue in mobile systems, if heavy hardware is required.

Fortunately for the audio industry, digital has many desirable traits that have helped it to become more or less the standard method of recording because of the convenience, dynamic range and superior noise reduction it provides, but evidence is growing that it has problems and limitations, and a lot of serious musicians are beginning to realize that something is not quite right.  A whole new generation of superior digital downloading is on the way, utilizing master recording sampling rates, that will dramatically improve the quality of digital downloading, but it will not solve the problem of the missing dimension.

PSI-Fi™ is a totally new approach that actually “solves” rather than fixes this digital dilemma. Its patent-pending processor is a key that can unlock and free this hidden dimension, unleashing the true spatial characteristics of the original live performance and giving life back to digital recordings.  In addition, it can solve many of the other problems that plague the digital domain.  It is in two words…“Digital Solved”.

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PSI-Fi™ is a new, totally new approach that actually “solves” rather than fixes this digital dilemma. Its patent-pending processor is a key that can unlock and free this hidden dimension, unleashing the true spatial characteristics of the original live performance and giving life back to digital recordings. In addition, it can solve many of the other problems that plague the digital domain. It is in two words…“Digital Solved”. Read More

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