My name is Yoshi Segoshi. I'm the North American distributor of 47 Lab gears. I enjoy SonicFlare and read your "Sex, Drugs and Hi-End Audio" with great interest.
I became somewhat familiar with Alternative Rock, Rap, since my daughter (17) enjoys them through, of course, iPod.
Although I love some of her music, I have a hard time enjoying them through hi-end systems.
Most of the music iPod generation enjoy are recorded with heavy compression and equalization, while most of the hi-end systems are tuned with less compressed/equalized recordings in general.
For the hi-end to embrace the iPod generation or the iPod generation to embrace the hi-end, I think something has to be done either on the recording end or on the reproducing end.
I'd like to see your take on the above issue in your future writings.
Yoshi Segoshi/SAKURA SYSTEMS
ps. My daughter's music includes, System Of A down, Perfect Circle, Tool, Linkinpark, Limpbiskit, Audioslave, Jimmy Eats The World, Green Day, Deftones, Kanye West, Ludacris, Black Eye Peas, Eminem, etc.
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