Originally Posted by Spyro
No, not at all. Proclaimed "audiophiles" will listen to bad music only because it may have been recorded well.
Seriously. Good gear has NOTHING to do with it. You will like and appreciate good music whether on a $10K sound system or a transister portable radio.
For those of you over 50...Do you ever wonder that you have wasted all this time getting acquired to great albums on bad gear....and here 20-25 years later now that you have great gear, because you have already played that album 200-300 times you just don't get the same high even on great gear...because you have already gone through the whole listening faze of that recording?
I think about this all the time. All those Rush and Genesis albums listening on all those crappy $7 headphones back in the 70's. I enjoyed it immensely at the time but to imagine having gone through (learned) all those recordings on a pair of amped W4's. How much more would I have enjoyed it? Perhaps not more at all since I didn't know any better back then?
This is a great topic!
i can't say i totally agree with you. having a good setup is what caused me to like and appreciate classical music. i used to try and listen to it on a cheap boombox and it sounded so boring, flat and lifeless i couldn't understand how anyone could enjoy it. once i got a decent setup, i tried it once more out of boredom one day and oh my god, the difference was so astounding, the boring, slow, lifeless music was now huge, dynamic, and rich. i loved it. i still love classical because of that. same thing with heavy metal music. i used to have a hard time understanding why in the world someone would listen to only noise, well, turns out it isn't noise, but on a low quality system with terrible transient response, it sounds like noise, on a good setup, it's a completely different experience.
and guess what? both metal and classical are the two main genres i listen to nowadays. i think for some it really may be all about the gear, but not for me. it always has and always will be all about the music, and being able to truly hear every tiny detail of what it is i'm listening to.
Edited by yepimonfire - 10/20/12 at 6:41pm