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post #16 of 35
I voted "don´t know #$%& about hifi".. similar fix as coolvij really. I like it here I like trying to figure out the ultimate setup for me. but I never get around to saving up for something
post #17 of 35
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I just thought I'd suggest you give several good interconnects a try. I used to not believe they could make much of a difference, but I'm definitely a believer now. We have a nice cable forum here where you may find some of the discussions somewhat interesting.
Given the Bose speakers in the main theater setup (I reattatch my Celestions when I want to watch a movie or something, they are normally on my PC, which I use a Klipsch V2.400 setup with replaced sattelites, and numerous other anomiles like a reciever in dire need of cleaning, interconnects are not too important right now, although I might get some radio shack gold ones soon). I also tend to not notice minute differences in sound much.

A good interconnect likely costs as much as the Celestion speakers I got, it isn't worth it, or even half as much. Also, the biggest reason I got the Celestions is because they have such a smooth, non revealing sound. They sound pretty damn good considering they are $100 speakers being driven by a 25 year old amp in dire need of cleaning with 20 year old generic RCA cables and 18+ gauge zipcord that is falling apart. Sure, they have slightly colored upper mids, and no deep bass, but cables won't fix that - that is a limitation of the speakers.

Oh yeah, the audio and video out (RCA BTW, not even component or S-Video for the video) go from the DVD player through the VCR, through the TV, and then into the receiver. I think getting longer (Ratshack gold) cables so I can properly cable it will help more then better interconnects.

I have a long way to go before interconnects make a difference. First I need to get the cable layout straight.

If I get lucky at the casino in Montreal (Going in July) I might have enough money to start doing this, but I am pretty tight with money most of the time, so this is unlikely, as I will treat money spent there as entertainment expense.
post #18 of 35
Does being a bang-for-the-buck audiophile count?

Greetings from Muc!

Manfred / lini
post #19 of 35
Given the choices in the poll, I selected Audiophile.
post #20 of 35
I selected "Huh? I don't know crap about sound!", and I think that's the way I like it. I don't want to be an audiophile if that means enjoying the sound rather than the music, that doesn't sound like much fun at all. The way it is now I can enjoy music any way I hear it, I just find it better on better equipment.


Hmm, I hope that was understandable.
post #21 of 35
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Originally posted by mcbiff
I don't want to be an audiophile if that means enjoying the sound rather than the music, that doesn't sound like much fun at all.
When did this definition pop up?
post #22 of 35
Hmm, I guess it was joelongwood's post that led me to it. He said that he often listens to music he doesn't like because it sound so good on his headphones. I don't really know if that has anything to do with being an audiophile, but since he said he was one I put two and two together.

Didn't mean to disrespect anyone, sorry.
post #23 of 35
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Originally posted by mcbiff
Didn't mean to disrespect anyone, sorry.
LOL! No need to apologize. I honestly was asking where the definition popped up. I thought I missed something.

But, come to think of it, I feel insulted! (just kidding)
post #24 of 35
mcbiff's made a good point. We shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the music is the most important thing.

I think perceptions get distorted here, because the site is primarily about hardware. Therefore, everyone's thinking and speaking hardware while we're here.

I'm certain (at least I hope) most of us actually sit back and enjoy the tunes without fretting over specifications etc., much of the time.

Also, I think the poll should have one or two more categories for enthusiasts or audiophiles who don't subscribe to the "full tweak monty" of high end audiophilia.
post #25 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the overwhelming vote for "audiophile" (of one sort or another)! But surprisingly, so far 4 people voted for "duh-m-bass" (or "dum-bass"/"Duh!-m-Bass"/"dumb-bass" or whatever thingamajig you call a person who knows nothing but bass) - and another 6 people voted for "Huh? I don't know crap about sound!" (or "I don't know #%&$ about audio!"), but only 1 person voted for "Tin-Ear" (or put it another way, "I don't give a f*** about sound quality!"), as expected.
post #26 of 35
I wrote:
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Since i often listen to music I don't even like simply because it has been recorded so well and sounds great on my headphones, I guess i could be considered an audiophile.
mcbiff wrote:
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Hmm, I guess it was joelongwood's post that led me to it. He said that he often listens to music he doesn't like because it sound so good on his headphones. I don't really know if that has anything to do with being an audiophile, but since he said he was one I put two and two together.
I think I should clarify this statement of mine. First off, the word often should be occasionally. Most of the time, I listen to music I enjoy. Lately, I've been listening to some of the CDs I have that I purchased in the 80s when I was replacing a lot of my vinyl collection, and the sound of many of these discs is absolutely horrible with my headphones. I never really noticed it with my speakers, but headphones really illuminate the flaws in the recording. I find some of these discs unlistenable now. For me, the poor sound quality destroys the music.
There are times, when I take CDs out of my local library for example, when I come across something that, although I don't really care for the music per se, makes me sit up and take notice purely because the vocal sounds great, or the horns have real bite, or that percussion has tremendous punch. I can appreciate the sound even though the music is not my cup of tea. But it's not something I could listen to over and over, as I do with music I like. The ideal situation, of course, is to find a well-recorded CD of music I enjoy...............that's audio nirvana!

PS: Rap/Hip-Hop is NOT included in my statement of what I would listen to purely for sound quality..............There are limits to my audiophilia!
post #27 of 35
Thanks, joelongwood, lol. However, i think i reely kno very little about sound. But i don't care - if it sounds good to me, i like it.
post #28 of 35
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PS: Rap/Hip-Hop is NOT included in my statement of what I would listen to purely for sound quality..............There are limits to my audiophilia!

Well, that's proves you are not insane and have good taste
post #29 of 35
audiophile to the bitter end (i.e. nervous breakdown because nothing ever sounds good enough)

not enough money to be a hard-core audiophile

for me the purpose of hi-fi is to reduce the distance between me and the music

i was wondering, how many here just dig the headphone sound and how many are using it to complement their speaker based listening (office setups, nighttime listening, portable audio etc.)?

legoman
post #30 of 35
I do most of my listening at night, so I use headphones a lot because of that.

I don't have the money for a good speaker setup so I will get the best sound I can for the money.

Also, the headphone sound is better then from speakers, and I even do most of my casual listening on headphones too.

Since noone added a somewhat more middling type of intrest in audio, I will put in a vote as audiophile.
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