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Well, you've got more style than me.wink.gif  I walk through the supermarket with Senn PX90s, and a black T-shirt and either jeans or dark blue khakis, and a baseball cap if it is raining out.(hate rain on the glasses)

The PX90s crack me up. I always think P90X, LMAO. "My P90Xs in my ears..." I have been known to walk around in the grocery store in a bathrobe, slippers, carrying my Sansa Clip+ rubberbanded to my E11. Of course, with Complys I am completely deaf to the snickers.

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What astonishes (and annoys) me is that I'm the one wearing sound blocking headphones, yet it's many of the other people around me who don't seem to be aware of the other shoppers. I was nearly backed into twice and I waited for at least a minute while a lady stood contemplating how the future of the human race depended on what she selected from the spice section.

 

You know you're an audiophile when music makes even supermarket shopping mildly enjoyable.

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You know you're an audiophile when music makes even supermarket shopping mildly enjoyable.

You know you're an audiophile when even your parents ranting at you about who-knows-what-I-had-Complys-in seems enjoyable.

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You know you're not an audiophile when you can't tell the difference between regular 500+ kbps CD-quality FLAC files and so called "HD" 24/96 music (and yes I do have a few 24/96 albums).

 

Huh. It's not that big of a difference. I think too many people easily try to disqualify themselves from audiophile status. Yo. Its the internet. Quit trying to be modest.

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You know that you're an audiophile when you THINK you can tell the difference between regular FLAC and 192/96 music

 

Do an ABX on Foobar2000. Post your results. I am really interested to see if you can. What headphones are you using? Wouldn't be shocked. Don't have any 192/96 recordings, but that is a whole lot of tonal resolution.

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But why would I buy those and waste the money? The M50 is clearly the greatest headphone in the world, and it's only $150 max. I could take the remainder and get a $20,000 amp and a $10,000 cable interconnect and still have enough left over to buy a marginally better than typical TOTL CD player transport. That would be the ultimate system ever, until I rewired my house's electrical. I'd have to film myself with a few more supermodels, though, before I could afford that.

 

Why would you do that? With that much money, you should just buy the artist to play live and follow you everyday.

No. Uh-uh. 30k? Nice try. And honestly, studio recordings can sound better than live.

I was saying that there isn't [much of a] difference at all. I certainly can't tell.

With Foobar's [insert sound science term only] add-on, I fail to tell the difference between 256 kbps V0 LAME MP3 and CD-ripped FLAC.

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I was saying that there isn't [much of a] difference at all. I certainly can't tell.

With Foobar's [insert sound science term only] add-on, I fail to tell the difference between 256 kbps V0 LAME MP3 and CD-ripped FLAC.

Sorry. Having never found music that I like in that kind of format, I wouldn't know. The "sound science term" is ABX. Honestly, I am the same with V0s. With CBR, I can usually tell the difference between 256 and FLAC. ( On my best songs, Foobar2000 says I have a 70% chance of not guessing. With VBR, their is a 20-30% chance of not guessing. Not good odds. 

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I was saying that there isn't [much of a] difference at all. I certainly can't tell.

With Foobar's [insert sound science term only] add-on, I fail to tell the difference between 256 kbps V0 LAME MP3 and CD-ripped FLAC.

 

V0 is also my transparency point, though I cheat a bit (or, do it properly, depending on how you look at it) by using an unusually difficult to encode passage I discovered on my own. The idea is if I fail the test here, that means whichever setting this happened on will work for everything else in my collection and I don't have to worry. So far that's worked out well, and so far AAC is miles ahead of MP3.

 

You know you're an audiophile (and a younger one, at that) when you dislike picture tube TVs because you can hear the high-pitched whine they emit when they're on. You know you're an audiophile with exceptionally acute hearing when you can tell if somebody in the room with the TV is moving around because you can hear that the sound is partially blocked by a moving obstruction (I can always tell this).

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^Reminds me of a fat joke someone posted here and got banned for a short while
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You know you're an audiophile (and a younger one, at that) when you dislike picture tube TVs because you can hear the high-pitched whine they emit when they're on. You know you're an audiophile with exceptionally acute hearing when you can tell if somebody in the room with the TV is moving around because you can hear that the sound is partially blocked by a moving obstruction (I can always tell this).

I somehow doubt it. You know you're an audiophile when you find yourself fantasizing about what [insert random TV show here] would sound like through some SR-009s.

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I somehow doubt it.

 

I can see how that might sound a bit ridiculous, but you'd be quite wrong. You can't make this kind of stuff up. It's how I can tell my father is in his room and watching the television, and also how I can tell he's getting up and coming out. It's probably not that unusual, now that I've thought about it. High frequency sound is very directional--this is why tweeter placement is so important in speakers and why sweet spots exist. If you can hear sound this high up (my hearing tops out at ~19kHz, which is normal for people my age), there's probably a good chance you can tell if something is moving around in front of it because even tiny variations in axis should be audible.

 

You know you're an audiophile when you look around your storage room and see all the casualties of your quest for fidelity--mostly old mini-systems, the little satellite speakers from an old HT receiver, and boxes and boxes full of cables and plastic loop antennae.

 

 

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^Reminds me of a fat joke someone posted here and got banned for a short while

 

I had to think for a second about what kind of joke that would be. Now it's obvious.


Edited by Argyris - 1/2/13 at 7:48pm
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I can see how that might sound a bit ridiculous, but you'd be quite wrong. You can't make this kind of stuff up. It's how I can tell my father is in his room and watching the television, and also how I can tell he's getting up and coming out. It's probably not that unusual, now that I've thought about it. High frequency sound is very directional--this is why tweeter placement is so important in speakers and why sweet spots exist. If you can hear sound this high up (my hearing tops out at ~19kHz, which is normal for people my age), there's probably a good chance you can tell if something is moving around in front of it because even tiny variations in axis should be audible.

You have a messed up CRT then man, you shouldn't be able to hear the buzzing unless you're two feet away (let alone another room) Hell most CRTs don't even make a buzzing noise.

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Not buzzing, but a very high pitched sound. Not sure what exactly, but it's 15KHz or higher. I can't say my hearing is good enough to tell if something/someone is obstructing or in the way though.

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We ditched all our CRTs when I was three. But I'll never forget the eerily comforting whine of the TV while watching Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter, my favorite show at the time.

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Not buzzing, but a very high pitched sound. Not sure what exactly, but it's 15KHz or higher. I can't say my hearing is good enough to tell if something/someone is obstructing or in the way though.

 

Yes, exactly! Every tube TV I've ever had has done this to some extent. The 15 kHz figure is correct--actually, it's probably 15.734 kHz (in America at least--elsewhere it's close to this) and is most likely caused by the flyback transformer. As the component ages, the transformer coils will start vibrating audibly.

 

Or so I read. Obviously I'm no expert, but I've come across this kind of information before, and I seem to remember one of those online hearing tests had a simulation of that frequency and an explanation very similar to the one I just encountered.


Edited by Argyris - 1/2/13 at 9:46pm
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my parents can't hear the high pitch sound though, but my siblings and I can hear it very clearly, so from across the house we know if someone switched on the tv because we can hear the high pitched sound. those were the days of the CRT tvrolleyes.gif

also is there any reason it produces that specific frequency? not any other frequency?

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also is there any reason it produces that specific frequency? not any other frequency?

 

It's the horizontal scan line frequency. It varies by region depending on the television broadcasting standard (e.g. NTSC, PAL) and the frequency of AC (50Hz, 60Hz).

 

You know you're a nerd when you know this stuff.

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