A couple of weeks ago, we revisited the great debate on analog tape as a medium; this week we set another rampant misconception of the audio world in our sights: the analog vs. digital headroom debate. Mythology, or perhaps misunderstanding, are two other words I'd use for this topic. Unfortunately, the pro-audio world is steeped in these nuggets of folklore, which is maybe what causes such great debate among professionals and amateurs alike.
The audio realm stands at an interesting crossroads, with one foot rooted in art and the other in science. One side subjective, the other objective. This duality can muddy the waters quickly, as quantifiable, measurable data often must yield to the simple fact that if it sounds good, it is good.
On our virtual chopping block today? The concept of headroom and what it means to you.