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Re: Why contemporary music sounds terrible

kkissinger@kevinkissinger.com wrote:
> I think it is an important topic du jour.  Excessive SPL can cause 
> permanent damage to one's hearing.   Excessive SPL is not a new issue, 
> of course -- however the hardware compressors of old weren't like the 
> software multi-band compressors with virtually unlimited compression 
> in every frequency band.
No amount of compression can cause excessive SPL levels since it cannot 
set the playback level.  It *will* increase the average and perceived 
volume for any given playback volume selected by the listener when 
compared to other recordings.  I know you knew that but I just wanted to 
this to be clear to any of uninitiated who might be lurking on this list.