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post #16 of 80
I perform in various orchestral situations. Some amped and most not. It was very interesting for me to gain a new appreciation to the sounds I work in after participating in this forum and getting more serious with my sound equipment. A few times when I'm not playing I listen to the others and imagine wearing my Senns and think 'this is the ultimate'. And check this out, due to the relative lack of interest by the mass market and due to the economy, there are some really great musicians playing Broadway Shows and smaller gigs. I am often sitting next to true geniuses.
post #17 of 80
I think every headphone listener should go to a symphony concert at least once, if only for ten minutes, just to get a feel for what a live orchestra sounds like. It's fine to like particular phones for particular genres, but I have to grit my teeth when I read high praise of certain Grado, AKG and AT phones and then read comments such as was recently posted: "The HD595 is just no good on music." Whatever phone you may like for whatever type of music, the first thing you realise in the presence of live music heard from a reasonable distance is how well balanced the higher end Sennheiser phones are, and how over-bright most of the other phones recommended here are. The 650 is probably the most realistically balanced, but the 595 comes close too, just perhaps from a closer perspective. Phones like the AKG 702, AT AD900 etc sound to me nothing like the balance heard from a live orchestra. Instruments just aren't that sharp sounding. Please, those who think phones like the 595 are "all midrange", get along to your local concert hall, treat yourself to some great music and find out what live instruments sound like.

Unless of course you don't really care.
post #18 of 80
I've been to a few concerts. Seen a few by Bremerton Symphony, went to one last fall here at WSU, Seattle Symphony...
I also played in my high school's orchestra, so I've seen many many other high school groups perform as well.
post #19 of 80
I've been to a few in London e.g. Royal Albert, Wigmore Hall etc. Also San Fran & DCH here in LA - I'll be there again on the 15th for Keith Jarrett -woot!
post #20 of 80
I have been to quite a few classical concerts ... as well as played in many more. Being a cellist I like to go hear what I am going to play before i have to play it my self if possible.
post #21 of 80
Nowadays live sound gear is very accurate (at least the good stuff). It all comes down to the equipment and the guy mixing it. So you can hear "real" sound in a PA.
post #22 of 80
Living out here in West Texas all we hear at night are the coyotes. I have tried to teach them to play instruments but they are hard as hell to catch let alone give music lessons to. LOL I would love to be somewhere that one could go to these type events. I would go all the time I think. Oh well I will have to use my headphones and hope they sound pretty close to it all. By the way I am just starting to get into Chamber music and am amazed at the recordings available.
post #23 of 80
Many times. The stirring sound of the string section moves me to tears everytime... and the awesome power of crescendo and fortissimo shakes my soul.

cheers!
post #24 of 80
Oh yes!
I have been to several symphonies and other smaller groups.
In high school I was a percussionist in the symphonic band. Got to play and listen to lots of great music! We also got to play in Carnegie Hall my senior year. That was absolutely awesome!!
Also, when I was in junior high I played violin in a small city orchestra. That didn't last too long. Violin playing wasn't really for me.
post #25 of 80
More than I can possibly remember. Probably the most memorable was a small Swiss early-music group that sang Bach's B Minor Mass one-voice-per-part...and were touring in Alabama (where I lived at the time)! The poor horn player had a bit of a problem, and had to disassemble his (valveless) horn smack in the middle of the "Quoniam"...and it was *still* one of the best performances of the "Quoniam" I've ever heard!
post #26 of 80
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Originally Posted by pp312 View Post
I think every headphone listener should go to a symphony concert at least once, if only for ten minutes, just to get a feel for what a live orchestra sounds like. It's fine to like particular phones for particular genres, but I have to grit my teeth when I read high praise of certain Grado, AKG and AT phones and then read comments such as was recently posted: "The HD595 is just no good on music." Whatever phone you may like for whatever type of music, the first thing you realise in the presence of live music heard from a reasonable distance is how well balanced the higher end Sennheiser phones are, and how over-bright most of the other phones recommended here are. The 650 is probably the most realistically balanced, but the 595 comes close too, just perhaps from a closer perspective. Phones like the AKG 702, AT AD900 etc sound to me nothing like the balance heard from a live orchestra. Instruments just aren't that sharp sounding. Please, those who think phones like the 595 are "all midrange", get along to your local concert hall, treat yourself to some great music and find out what live instruments sound like.

Unless of course you don't really care.
Well, I have some sympathy for this, but the problem is there is no one concert hall sound! The balance in the hall can vary greatly depending on where you sit.

I go to concerts in NYC and on vacation in London (Barbican, RAH, Southbank center) and Monte Carlo (MC Philharmonic). I have sat all over the hall, but personally enjoy the sound best in the front half of the venue.

I heard Mahler 9 at Avery Fisher from front row center and it was the most overwhelming sonic experience. The sound there is powerful, with a brighter treble balance than further back but with the bass to balance. With no treble artifacts, that brightness is never harsh, just beautifully exciting.

So there is a variety of balances that could be called "concert hall sound". It's a matter of where YOU like to sit...

Kevin
post #27 of 80
Yes though I have more experience sitting in the orchestra. It´s a bit different
post #28 of 80
The San Francisco Bay Area is a great place for classical/early music, especially SF proper and Berkeley.

This website lists upcoming early music concerts:

San Francisco Bay Area Early Music Concerts
post #29 of 80
No, I haven't. Not going to explain why, as I will get flamed to hell if I do.
post #30 of 80
Of course. When given the chance in college to take advantage to cheaper tickets why not take them.
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