New research from the Audio Engineering Library has validated the increasingly intolerable community of vinyl-toting audiophiles around the world. The study, titled 'The Effects of MP3 Compression on Perceived Emotional Characteristics in Musical Instruments' compared compressed and uncompressed music samples, finding that different compression rates had a noticeable affect on the emotional qualities of music.
sApparently the compression process strengthens emotional characteristics like mysterious, shy, scary and sad, but weakened emotions like happy, heroic, romantic, comic and calm. Researchers put this effect down to 'background artefacts' created by low-quality compression; a type of white noise they described as a 'growl'.
Check out the whole study here.