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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Says Quality of Music Is Lost on Poor Equipment

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Brandon Cox (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Brandon Cox (via ABC News Radio)

The same equipment that makes it possible for many fans to listen to music easily makes music sound terrible. That's the feeling of  Mike Shinoda , who says that ear buds and stock laptop speakers make a lot of his work go to waste. The  Linkin Park  guitarist and keyboard player is one of the artists featured in  The Distortion of Sound , a mini-documentary about the deterioration of sound quality in commercial music.

"[With songs], a lot of care is taken in putting that together and then it turns into an album, and somebody streams it in the worst possible compression format," gripes Shinoda in the film. "Then [they] listen to it on ear buds or their sh***y laptop speakers and then a lot of that work kind of goes nowhere."

The film looks at the science of digital music and explains how the very act of converting sound to digital reduces sonic quality.

Shinoda says that average listeners -- who think they're buying high-end audio equipment -- often fall victim to the misleading marketing of shoddy gear. "Stuff gets marketed in such a way that people get confused," he explains. "You just get shiny lights and colorful logos and stuff that looks really cool hanging around your neck. It's more of a fashion statement than it is actually a good quality audio product."

The Distortion of Sound  also features  Slash, Steve Aoki, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones  and others, and is streaming  live on YouTube now . It's sponsored by the Harmon audio company.

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