When one puts an iPod into a home theater system it's easy to hear the degradation in a digital audio file due to file compression when compared to a compact disc (CD) when the system is powered by a decent amplifier and a 7.1 speaker set. In some cases, a decent speaker might even highlight the noises that are caused by file compression.
This is not a matter of how the digital music file is played, but how the file is being stored, or, being compressed. When consumers enjoy the high portability of their beloved music in a wide array of consumer electronic products, they are scarifying the "life" of music also. Driven by attempts to restore compressed digital music with vitality, Sonic Focus, a digital audio enhancement solution provider, which was recently merged by intellectual property (IP) and multimedia subsystem company ARC International, plays a role here.