I'm not much of an audiophile. I think it's worth spending a bit more than average on headphones, but my limit caps out at about £80 or so. Beyond that, I don't believe the vast majority of people can hear the difference. Which is why I wrote this piece, looking at recent developments in the space for Techradar. Here's an excerpt:
How high are your standards when it comes to audio? If you're an average person, the answer is not very. You probably listen to compressed music using cheap headphones in noisy environments like public transport – and think it sounds pretty great.
But some people demand more. Audiophiles spend thousands every year on high-end equipment that delivers an experience as close as possible to having Beyoncé there in person belting out "ALL THE SINGLE LADIES." These people tend to be choosy about their formats – vinyl is the best, of course. CDs aren't bad either if you're playing them through a decent system.
Subsequently, TechRadar also asked me to write this opinion piece on Jay-Z's relaunch of Tidal, which went down very well on the web. I was quite amazed no-one had made that Dr Dre joke already. Here's an excerpt:
Tidal's key differentiator is that it offers high-definition lossless audio quality, as well as a few extras like editorial and music videos. According to some, that makes it a "Spotify killer", or "big trouble for Spotify". But Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't seem too worried. He spent last night mocking the turn-everything-blue press campaign that Jay Z cooked up. Why not? Well, Tidal almost certainly isn't the revolution it's claimed to be.
I love writing about digital music, so if you'd like me to do that for you then don't hesitate to drop me an email.