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post #16 of 86

Before I was an audiophile... hmmm.  20 years ago... yikes.  Car stereo bass guy because that's what my cool friends were into.  Then I started reading about the competition cars and that thing called a soundstage, and that caught my interest, and sound quality.  All the while my Dad insisted it was pointless in a car, and if I'm gonna do it, do it at home.  But I didn't listen to him.  Then all my stuff was stolen.  So I tried out some NHT Super Zeroes because Corey Greenberg said they were great, and I paired those up to an Adcom amp and listened to Pink Floyd.  And the rest is... 

 

Then I moved away from home to go to college, and found having roommates is a pain when trying to listen to music.  And the 30 to 45 minute walks on campus to get to classes was really boring.  So I bought the infamous Radio Shack CD-3400 and Grado SR-60s then a Headroom Supreme.  I was 20.  It was 1995.  Ha. 

post #17 of 86
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

My first stereo was 32 years ago.what was I before that? I was a little kid wink.gif


Hi-fi will make you a man. biggrin.gif

 

Neither of my parents are really that into music, so I didn't really get much exposure as a kid. I can't remember exactly, like so many other kids, started to really like music by listening to the Beatles and such, and also through playing the trombone. I didn't worry about reproduction until I wanted a pair of 'big' headphones a few years ago because I didn't really like the feel of the cheap IEMs and earbuds that I had been using. I started to research, and the rest is history! I wonder how my hobby will affect my children (way down the road wink.gif ) and it's interesting to see how other's parents have really started them on their way.

post #18 of 86
Thread Starter 

Its very interesting to hear everyone's story's! Keep them up!

 

My parent's aren't into the whole music thing either, but my father did and does play the guitar. Which did get me into music at a young age, and been playing the drums for about 6-7 years now. I just can't wait to get my setup started! But oh boy, at only 16... My wallet is going to be forever thin... I'm already looking at desktop amps, and i haven't even heard a nice setup in my life yet!

post #19 of 86
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I also became an audiophile because of my Dad. When I was 12, we built a Heathkit amp together as a project. It was totally fun. He then gave me a hand-me-down Eico tube FM tuner, and a pair of Radio Shack bookshelf speakers. Man I loved that little stereo. Added a Kenwood belt-drive TT with Grado cartridge a year or so later, and of course then the upgrade cycle started - upgraded the speakers, added a tape deck, then went to tube Dynakits, etc, etc, etc.

My first stereo was 32 years ago.what was I before that? I was a little kid wink.gif


My Dad built a Heathkit tape deck and console color TV. He built his own speakers too. I bought my first stereo at 18 and my first set of headphones was that year too.

post #20 of 86
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post #21 of 86

what got me in was the crappy iPod earphone, first earphone i got was the audio tech. ck7 slowly i started to listen more and more, next was the TF10 which im using now, love it to bits, and im hoping to get the ES5 or JH13 by year end.

post #22 of 86

My Dad was (and is) most certainly into music.  He's got a much bigger music collection than I do.  He's probably got over 5,000 LP's, whereas I "only" have about 1,500.  We both probably have about 3,000 CD's, but my old man's vinyl collection is truly astounding.

post #23 of 86

When I was young, I used to listen to radio all day after coming from school and recorded music on cassette tapes and played them indefinitely until the player or the tapes eventually broke.

post #24 of 86

I started out as a vidiot. Raised by the television, my music-loving journey started with the Partridge Family an Osmond Brothers records, and the Brady Kids were my first "live concert" at Six Flags when I was 10 or 11 years old right after their TV show was cancelled. My first "real" records were the Beach Boys Endless Summer and Loggins and Messina On Stage. I still listen to that L&M album, it's really good. Then I was given a copy of the Beatles Let it Be, and the rest is history.

 

I started listening to classical with my Grandmother, and also progressive jazz in college, but my first love was rock and roll. Listened to Nugent, Rush, Hagar, Travers, Zappa and early Van Halen in HS, Deep Purple; Zepplin and Sabbath before that, King Crimson, Genesis and Supertramp years later. I Also went through some intense phases with Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, and the Doors later on. I hated "pop" music early on like Steve Miller, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers and Elton John, but I learned to really appreciate that stuff years later.

 

Equipment wise, after my first record players (mono I think) I got a "killer" Pioneer Supertuner under the dash of my Vdubya in HS and listened to some great 8-track tapes until the stereo proceeded to eat them. Had a few other car stereos over the years, and my first taste of real stereo at home was a pair of Koss Pro 4AA headphones plugged into some kind of integrated amp/record player, I'm not sure what happened to them. 

 

I had a roommate in college with Klipshorns, that definitely laid my audiophile foundation. I suppose he was my only audiophile influence, the rest was kind of stabbing in the dark until iLounge, and then Head-fi. I got his old Avid tower speakers and a Rotel Integrated amp and tuner combo when he was short on rent one month, which I combined with a Luxman P-405 turntable and a Nakamechi BX-100 cassette deck. I still have the Nakamechi in storage, and the Luxman is actually still online.

 

I moved on to early surround sound with a Yamaha 5.1 preamp and a Sony mofset power amp that must have weighed 80 pounds, it was a beast but it fizzled. It was replaced by an old but great sounding Kenwood integrated amplifier with a Sansui tuner as I was less than impressed by surround technology at the time. Then I got back into it with laserdiscs for awhile; I still have a bunch of them and a couple of players. I also discovered the joys of having a huge subwoofer at that time.

 

I lucked into a pair of scratch n' dent Sennheiser HD540 Reference II headphones at the local stereo store, and sent them in years later to get them repaired as one side had been cutting out intermittently. They were repaired for free, no receipt necessary! I broke them for good a few years later and replaced them with a pair of HD555s, bad move. I didn't like the way the 555s sounded (they were a very poor replacement for the HD540 IMO), so I tried a cheap headphone amp from fleaBay a couple of years later and still hated them. That really killed my headphone habit for a while until the HD600 and Head-fi got a hold of me. I actually replaced those HD540s recently and they still sound great even if the low end is somewhat lacking.

 

I stayed into music as the Walkman/portable CD player fad led to the iPod era, and got an early pair of ER-6i and PX100s driven by my Simpl A1 portable rechargeable headphone amp and first-generation iPod. I finally got myself an HD600 and the rest is history. Lossless music has replaced compressed, my vinyl is back online, and upgraditis has taken my wallet hostage seemingly for good, as I will evidently never be "finished" (but one can dream). I think (hope?) that I am approaching a major "pause" point now with headphones and surround setups, but of course I want to spend thousands on a new turntable with an MC cartridge someday and hundreds on tube-rolling, it never ends! Not that I'm complaining 

 

The worst for now is that I am starting to realize that the majority of my old vinyl collection, while in good condition, is 1980s American vinyl, and therefore of poor fidelity for various reasons. The good ones are very good however, and replacing the bad ones with better-sounding versions is quite expensive! So it goes, but the content part of this hobby is another money hole--especially with old vinyl. Anyone want to buy a laserdisc collection?


Edited by grokit - 10/27/10 at 1:02pm
post #25 of 86

               For once I thank Skullcandy for one thing and that is making me a audiophile. Before I knew this site I was looking for a "Good" pair of headphones, I thought Bose or Beats (Bose is the best sound right?Wrong). Guess what I stumbled upon Skullcandy Hesh. I was convinced that the good ratings on amazon meant that they were good, so I bought them for $30. They served there purpose and were better than iBuds, I imagined the good sound coming through these. The Skullcandy's broke, guess where I ended up? I ended up here, I didn't know anything about high-end audio since I am only 16. So at first I struggled understanding the communtity, I didn't understand any terms that many of the users used here.

               I then made my first thread, asking what headphones are the best for under $150. I found that the head-fi community was very helpful and suggested the ATH-M50's. That suggestion is what I ended up getting, and wow they sounded great compared to Skullcandys (A no brainer now). Now this site has allowed me to explore deeper into the hi-fi sound world, all because of bad construction on Skullcandy's product.

post #26 of 86
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Originally Posted by Abovetheair View Post

               For once I thank Skullcandy for one thing and that is making me a audiophile. Before I knew this site I was looking for a "Good" pair of headphones, I thought Bose or Beats (Bose is the best sound right?Wrong). Guess what I stumbled upon Skullcandy Hesh. I was convinced that the good ratings on amazon meant that they were good, so I bought them for $30. They served there purpose and were better than iBuds, I imagined the good sound coming through these. The Skullcandy's broke, guess where I ended up? I ended up here, I didn't know anything about high-end audio since I am only 16. So at first I struggled understanding the communtity, I didn't understand any terms that many of the users used here.

               I then made my first thread, asking what headphones are the best for under $150. I found that the head-fi community was very helpful and suggested the ATH-M50's. That suggestion is what I ended up getting, and wow they sounded great compared to Skullcandys (A no brainer now). Now this site has allowed me to explore deeper into the hi-fi sound world, all because of bad construction on Skullcandy's product.

Same. I bought the Skullcandy FMJ way back and it had some decent ratings and it sounded terrible. It sounded as good as the $10-20 Ink'd.
 

post #27 of 86

For me it was when I was a kid and mp3 players were new. Long before iPods came about. When I started ripping to my library and listened to the mp3's I was suddenly horrified what was happening to my music. If there was lossless at the time, I certainly didn't know about it so I had to rip everything to WAV and you could imagine at the time we didn't have huge HDD's like we do now. Ripping music was a horrible experience for me as I would basically be backing up audio CD's into WAV CD's which was rather pointless. DVD burner's weren't available so the 1:1 CD ratio backup was a disaster. I even remember that one time I had a WAV CD I couldn't back up because WAV's are actually slightly bigger in size than Audio CD's themselves.

 

I'm just disappointed how reluctant consumers are to change. DVD Audio never really caught on and I wonder if Blu-Ray Audio ever will. Overkill for the average consumer? You bet. But if there's any group of people that would be struck silly by the potential; it would be us Head-Fi'ers.

post #28 of 86

Interesting thread.  I have always had an interest in audio, really love listening to music. First upgrade I bought for my PC when I first bought it 2005 was a good soundcard and speakers.  For £150 each for the card and the speakers, it sounds amazing IMO. 

 

My mates think I'm crazy - in their eyes, OEM car stereos etc are "good enough".  If only they knew... biggrin.gif

post #29 of 86

Way to many years have passed to truthfully answer this question.....................Really the same thing as what Skylab said, My Dad got me hooked..He was and still is a Jazz guitarist. I'd sit and listen to him when he practiced, or took me along with him to gigs so I could sit back by his drummer, at the ripe old age of six.... I rigged an extension speaker to my 1st phonograph around 9 yrs old and have never looked back........Audio has really been (other then family.wife, etc.) the most important part of my life......I could probably count my fingers, and not get to ten the times where I didn't listen to some kind of music each day.......I've been blessed, with good ears, great equipment and a great life to enjoy being an AUDIOPHILE!!....thank you Jesus! 

post #30 of 86

I started 15 years ago with the traditional walkman, and some cheap headphones. 

When i listened to my friend iPod i started to show interest on music quality, and bought my first set of real headphones. 

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