Some examples that show why a wide gamut monitor matters:

Started Apr 26, 2014 | Discussions thread
IanYorke Senior Member • Posts: 2,671
Re: "much" is not "all"

Iliah Borg wrote:

IanYorke wrote:

Iliah Borg wrote:

As a side issue in Hifi dynamic range used to be considered vital but these days the source recordings are all Compressed to hell to make them have more "impact" so they sound good on cheap headphones.

"source recordings are all Compressed to hell" Ugh. Sounds like a compressed version of a conspiracy theory

Here you go, just took a few seconds on our Google friend. Could all be a conspiracy, you decide or simply reality.

http://www.cdmasteringservices.com/dynamicrange.htm

Extract:

In 2001, mastering engineer, Bob Speer, wrote the following article about the abuses of compression in modern recordings.
The article (with several updates) is as relevant today as it was then.

What happened to dynamic range is a question that should be asked of record labels, producers, artists, and last but not least, recording and mastering engineers. The question needs to be asked because we're the ones responsible for what's happened
to our music. Much of the music we listen to today is nothing more than distortion with a beat. Great music is suffering because it lacks dynamic range. When music lacks dynamic range, it lacks punch, emotion, and clarity. The record labels blame digital
downloads, MP3s, CD burners, and others for the lack of CD sales. While there is some truth to their constant whining, they only have themselves to blame for the steady decline in CD sales. The record labels need to reevaluate what they consider to
be good music.

"Much" is is not even the same as "most".

OK.

Excessive compression of popular music, classical, jazz and Gregorian chant excluded, is a serious concern in the music industry such that even respected mastering engineers as Bob Speer raise their concerns on this issue.

A further tit bit to consider, if you have any interest in high resolution audio, is that the specification for source music to be labelled HR includes 16-bit values sampled at 44100 Hz.  CD to most people.  So if you want real HR audio you need to know the provenance of the recording.  However, CD up-sampled to HR and remastered with compression can sound better to some people.

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