"Thereís no way that a solid-state amp is gonna beat a tube amp. Thatís never gonna happen ó unless they finally run out of tubes. I think theyíll run out of oil first. You donít see a war going on to get tubes, do you?"
That was a clip from Lou Reed's Keynote speech from SXSW 2008 which is going on right now. This speech is getting a lot of press around the Internet, so some of you may have read it already. If you haven't Sound&Vision has a good recap of Lou's comments on digital sound, MP3s and technology. read more for a clip and the link.
"If no one knows any better or doesn't care, it's gonna stay on a really, really low level. And people who like good sound are gonna be thought of as some kind of strange zoo animal.
"Itís like saying, ĎIt should have stayed a Chevy at the levee. Look down, donít go up. Look down.í Itís like the technology is taking us backwards. Itís making it easier to make things worse.Ē
Read the whole article at Sound&Vision Mag.