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  •  I'm glad my smartphone has excellent audio (7+ / 0-)

    I would notice, being a musician and producer.

    I stopped having a land line a few years ago.

    Of course, I live in civilization (mainly so I don't have to waste a ton of gas to go places)

    To be a Republican, you have to believe that our economic problems are caused by the poor having too much money and the rich not having enough.

    by Tommy Jones the Band on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:07:57 AM PDT

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    •  I'd be happily surprised if that was the case. (2+ / 0-)
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      Brown Thrasher, ozsea1

      What make & model of phone, and what carrier, and if you don't mind, what city?  

      I can look that up and find out if they've started to use something better than the execrable G.729.  But once a signal is compressed per G.729, information is lost that can't be re-created at the other end.  

      BTW, I was in music production for a while also, studio recording and live, back in the days of Studer A-800 recorders and analog consoles, when digital effects were new.  

      And the way I deal with cellphone audio is by having a Plantronics binaural (2-earphone mono) headset on the PBX phone I use at my desk.  That makes a noticeable improvement in comprehension, probably due to the mutual delay in audio signals crossing between the two hemispheres of the brain, and some interaction between the brain's "sampling rate" driven by baseline EEG frequency, and the cellphone packet sampling rate.  However it's still nowhere near landline audio quality, where I can get perfect comprehension even using 1920s dial phones with their original receivers on one ear only.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 03:15:44 PM PDT

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