Should Sound Quality of Computer Audio be improved

Unable to respond to, "Mach2Music and Amarra: Huge Disappointment"- Thread. Other Members take free pop-shots!
Apparently some have more Freedom Of Speech than others! I
don't know how many times I have said it, I want Computer
Audio to succeed! It will only succeed if Computers are designed from the ground up to reproduce Music (Same minimum standard applied for Equipment of ALL Audio Formats)! This is common sense Audio Engineering Design. Bandaid Modifications cannot be substituted for absence in design to produce Music! Design it right to EARN the right to become a New Audio Format- same as all other Audio Formats! No Freebee's, No Cutting Corners! Lack of design is what's causing such varied results in S.Q. between
listeners of Computer Audio. I see about 50% negative
responses here on these Threads. It will continue to happen unless you fix it! Blaming me won't help! I am an
Engineer, and I can read results! 50/50 success/ failure
rate- you have an inherit Engineering Design Flaw for the
reproduction of Music via Computers! Shock! Suprise- since
they were never designed for Music! So when is someone finally going to properly design the Equipment/Computer
(From the ground up) for Computer Audio? Do we continue
to treat any real criticism as "HERESY" in the lack of
design in Computer Audio for Music? You tell me what I am
allowed to talk about, and we will both know!
I just know that Computer Audio can be designed with more
reliable and consistent Sound Quality- and we really get our money's worth. Why everyone on Audiogon detests this with personnal attacks...??? Are you a perfect example of this, Bojack? Have you got the idea now? Can I retort, and
arrest you for using 18 exclamation points in your example above? Is this your common sense idea of leading by example? Aren't you special!
Computer audio is a lot like early computers. The PC solution was buggy, but cheap. Sometimes you had to boot Win 98 several times a day. Then there was the Macintosh. it just worked every time and was easy to use, but you paid dearly for this.

Likewise, many of the cheaper systems and newcomers to this business do a poor job of both hardware and software. Others deliver world-class sound quality and deliver ease of use. I admit that finding both ease of use and excellent SQ can be difficult, but this is improving.

One thing you must understand is that Microsoft and Apple are not interested in improving the situation for audiophiles. Audiophiles are a tiny market niche and their resources are aimed at the masses and delivering portable, inteegrated solutions, not audio quality.

If everyone had this kind of attitude towards new technologies, we would not have the personal computer we do today. Cheap and powerful.

Steve N.
Empirical Audio
I'm a silver disc and vinyl guy, but having dabbled in computer audio, I have seen where it can sound pretty damn good. My beef is that it isn't as plug and play as other media. I disagree that one requires a dedicated computer for audio. I have gotten great results via a FireWire output of a MacBook or with the V link. Is this a band aid? I think it is more analogous to the RIiAA curve for playing vinyl.
Computer Audio is not really a new format, it's just an alternative transport. There is no way it will not succeed and also no way the SQ will not continue to improve and the devices get easier to use.
I have to say that my MacMini>Hiface>EE Tube DAC setup sounds great. It is as good as any CD player I have owned (not SACD however). I leave the computer on all the time and Pure Music or Decibel is ready to play. Just find the song and double click. I personally think its easy to use, but I may be in the minority. I like the sound of my vinyl better but the digital source is always ready to go and plays throughout the house. Plus my phone is the remote control from anywhere. Now, as to sound will improve over time but it is still a young format, but I still think it sounds great and has the potential to exceed the current digital formats as resolution and downloads improve.