Once upon a time, a man named Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, a revolutionary little device that allowed you to record and listen back to the sound. It was superseded 10 years later by the gramophone. In the 1940s vinyl records were introduced, offering people the chance to listen to a mind-blowing 25 minutes of music per side
A few decades later, cassette tapes began gaining popularity and anyone could record songs off the radio and make mixtapes for their crush. In the 1990s CDs took the world by storm, killing off the cassette tape and dominating music consumption until Apple released the iPod and we all started to download music instead.
Now it’s 2019 and most of us have relegated our CD players and iPods to the attic, replacing them with music-streaming apps on our smartphones and recreating our once vast CD collections with a series of playlists.
But at what cost? As Krish Sharma, a 2-time Grammy Award-winning audio producer, said in his interview with us:
“As listeners, we’ve taken a huge hit over the past 15, 20 years. Quality has been reducing, albums sounded a little bit better than CDs and MP3s sound worse, and all of our transducers, they’ve become more convenient. They’re smaller, they’re easier, like you have small Bluetooth speakers, everything is easier and more convenient, but none of it sounds better. So it doesn’t add to the musicality as a convenience.”
Aside from the belief that wired headphones and speakers deliver superior quality sound, another major benefit of wired equipment is that you’re less reliant on batteries. Everyone who owns Bluetooth headphones has regretted forgetting to recharge them before a big trip at least once. And the same goes for Bluetooth speakers.
But if running out of battery at inconvenient times is frustrating, why do we put up with it? It’s simple, wireless devices are convenient and now the headphone jack is pretty much extinct, we don’t have much of a choice.
Modern life is fueled by our need for convenience. We don’t want to go back to a time when we could only listen to music at home on a record player. When you get the urge to listen to a random song, you can start playing it within seconds no matter where you are. In the past, you’d have to hope the song came on the radio or buy the physical album. Now we can listen to anything we want at any time, and that’s pretty cool.
Music streaming and wireless headphones and speakers are here to stay, so that’s why we ensured our latest true-wireless earbuds, Liberty 2 Pro, give you all the convenience of wireless paired with seriously great sound so you can #ListenLikeAPro. Even Krish noted that “The records I make sound like they should on the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro”.
So, what do you think, is convenience killing great sound? And what’s your favorite way to listen to music? Leave comments and don’t forget to share this article using the social media buttons below to be in with a chance of winning your very own Liberty 2 Pro.