Originally Posted by SoundFreaq
SoundFreaq's Respite Thread of Interesting Stuff
What is this?
A place for your input, your feedback, your thoughts. A place for me to find solace and reprieve from the hurricane that Head-fi can be. A semi-Diary thread, a blog of sorts. A discussion thread. A way for me to ask the questions and posts the thoughts I have without starting a new thread.
Anything goes, but:
1. Debates are encouraged. Arguing is not.
2. Keep it fresh and intelligent.
This is intended to be mine, and your, little alcove. Let's keep the crap out of here.
Thank you for posting! Now, let's have fun,
Let's kick this off:
What do you guys do when listening to music on your headphones?
Do you surf the net?
Sip on beer or wine? Enjoy a nice Scotch?
Do you smoke it up with a cigar, or ...
Do you sit still and listen attentively?
Do you sit? Lay in bed?
I think my favorite thing to do is to lie in bed and listen attentively to some new music, or a favorite record. Sometimes I have a cold beer at hand if I'm really trying to lush out. Headphone land is my solace from life, the thing I look forward to after work. It's a celebration of audio and music.
Sometimes if I am listening to my main rig, I'll surf the net. But serious new albums always get a serious, undistracted listen.
You know, so any people don't understand sitting down and listening to music without doing anything else. The Music isn't enough. Yet, people stop their lives to watch a movie or even TV show. Is visual stimulation needed en mass? Or the combination visual and audio?
i often surf the net, and i often drink beer or whiskey (regardless of whether or not im listening to music), i hate cigars, but the "or..." is just about right =], and im also a rather compulsive cigarette smoker. sometimes, ill have the music in the background, just to motivate me to do things like washing the dishes or cleaning the apartment. sometimes i have music in the background in order to add to the fun of doing something creative - such as cooking (and theres the "or..." for that aswell). sometimes, i turn the light off, close my eyes, lean back and just enjoy.i also listen to music on the way to and back from work, but thats only for about 20 min each direction.
if however i need to do something that requires concentration, such as studying, and even understanding some posts on head fi (mostly in the science forum where i lurk quite often) im afraid the music will only distract me. i cant study and listen to music at the same time, i cant solve math problems for example. so if i need to concentrate, ill usually need a quiet environment.
this is actually a concern of mine, as im probably going to start studying mechanical engineering this october, and im rather dreading the future of this hobby. i dont know how much time ill have for music between studying, doing homework and working... i hope ill find the time =[
edit: ill probably get more into portable gear i guess...
Originally Posted by Argyris
I wish I could join. I can't sleep in headphones. I'll drift off, but then about half an hour later I'll wake up and feel like I'm in a casket, since I can't move my head. Then everything will start itching, and the inability to turn my head will start driving me bonkers, and finally I'll have to admit defeat and chuck the headphones aside.
This happens every time. I've also not yet found a pair of IEMs I can comfortably sleep in, though the S6 comes close.
Funny thing is that I do do the majority of my listening in my bed, usually either surfing the Internet or just chilling with my eyes closed, exploring the sonic landscape or just relaxing and letting the music flow over me. At which point I'll often fall asleep. And so the cycle repeats....
Originally Posted by MorbidToaster
I can't sleep in them either. It's actually one of the reasons I got speakers now. Music while I sleep. Gets into your dreams. :D
im a raving insomniac actually, so no music in bed for me... i need complete silence, and complete darkness.
Originally Posted by SoundFreaq
Listening to Spotify or your iPhone with Apple buds is an atrocity that I am fixing in this universe, one man, woman or child at a time.
i strongly disagree. music comes first. if i have to, i can enjoy music from my phones speaker. obviously, id rather use my rig, but if theres nothing else available at the time, it really doesnt matter. i was just at a friends house the other night, and he was complaining that his sub woofer died, together with his speakers (something to do with a power failure), and while he was waiting for his new gear to arrive, he was suffering terribly with some sub-par speakers, that "made him not want to listen to any music at all". i simply dont understand this. yes, i strive for greater detail and high quality. but music ALWAYS comes first, and if the music is good, i can enjoy it regardless of the source, or its abilities.
as for the discussion your having up there about bad recordings on high quality gear, i admit i only skimmed through that part, as i dont have any top tier equipment. but i rather doubt i ever will anyway. i listen to edm, and im a basshead, by not means am i looking for neutrality. for some songs, i eq bass and sub bass by 15db... furthermore, theres no way ill ever get open back headphones, due to living with room mates, and keeping irregular hours. so really, i see no reason for me ever to go flagship. yea, theres like, 2 flagships that are closed back. but why spend so much on a neutral can, if im going to eq the hell out of it anyway? my gear right now is pretty modest, hopefully ill get another pair of headphones before i start college\uni (havnt decided yet). but after that i feel most my energy will be put into finding new music, and better understanding audio, less about upgrading my gear.
edit: not to mention the fact that i live in a sh*thole far far away where virtually NO hifi gear is available, so i have to pay very expensive shipping fees and up to 34% tax on everything, making any gear i buy more expensive by a pretty big margin... mumble grumble...
this is a cool thread
Edited by adamlr - 2/1/13 at 1:55pm