Edited by TonyVier - 10/31/13 at 9:33pm
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Edited by TonyVier - 10/31/13 at 9:33pm
There is? Want to link to some research or evidence?
Peopel have skills preferences, as you call it, but there's no proof to suggest these are inherited. How would you know? I mean.. if someone is predisposed to be a musician, it's not something you'll realise until the child is older. There's no way you can tell if this was something they were born with :) Hearing music in the child's formative years coudl easily create a predilection for music.
A pre-disposition is just that... it's not genetic memory. You linked to an article about babies learning in the womb... well that's not racial memory. There's no evidence that I know of to suggest that any of this is racial memory. Did I inherit my dislike of olives?? LOL.. how can you prove that?
I know.. but again, this is nothing to do with racial memory. It would be no more a racial memory than other perceptual shifts in other cultures. The Chinese cultural belief that red is a lucky colour for instance.. that's just a preference. Certain tribes of indigenous people appear to not be able to tell certain shades of colour apart, whereas we can quite easily. There are loads of such examples. These are not racial traits either.. it's a product of environment.
I believe our fascination with bass has much to do with our instincts. Bass is powerful and seems large (it is, but being a visual society...). Reinforcing this is the common knowledge that big things make low sounds. Being able to associate ourselves with the big and powerful makes us think we are big and powerful. My take anyway.
For me it's much more simple, I just love feeling that bass, feeling it gives it another level of satisfaction/engagement and you can't feel mids or highs unless it's "pain" from too high volume levels. I start more easily nod, tap my foot etc. when I get that feeling of pounding bass and that's what brings the real satisfaction for me when listening to music (in this case hardstyle music which is probably why I enjoy that genre so much). Different people listen for different purposes, I'm not into analyzing music (which is a typical audiophile thing) but to wanna get the feeling of needing to dance along with the music which is where the bass helps for me, the more engaging the more I enjoy.
Of course it's important also hear all vocals, synths etc clearly in my case with the optimal timbre so I want both big bass + well balanced mids & highs range especially which is hard to find with basshead headphones, it's almost always the case you have to sacrifice some parts, Q40 that I use sacrifice soundstage + airiness but those aren't the highest prioritized sonical aspects for my personal taste why Q40 offers a lot for me for a very little pricetag.
Those that live under the same roof as me are quite accustomed to some "foot tapping noise sensation from upstairs". :p
Most pop songs or music that is popular among people who have little interest in Hi-Fi is generally quite simple/repetitive and played on extremely poor equipment. Lots of bass can make it seem as though there is more going on, disguising the technical failures. It is far easier to make a car that looks like it sounds good like that too. I do not really understand the bass obsession but that is my speculation. I prefer a flat to slightly mids centric presentation. I had a eargasm to Ensiferum's Raised by the Sword reading this thread and now I am listening to their other songs just getting lost in the complexity which I could not do if there was too much bass or not enough treble.
Why do audiophile like highs so much? Especially the ear piercing highs like in the Beyers, or Ultrasone, or AKG, etc? Do they not hear these frequencies?
Why do audiophile headphones have to look like torture device when you wear them? Is it mandatory? Did jigsaw make them?
Why do portable audiophile headphone have 10 foot cable? Is it suppose to be a belt also? Or a whip for S&M?
Why do people like IEM so much? Do they also like wet willy?
It boggles the mind. Let's try to explain it with a scientific hypothesis, or......