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post #571 of 3898

Music is a transport for people to go to their happy place.

 

I mean, some people drive a Bentley, some drive a Honda. Whatever gets them there, right?

post #572 of 3898
And thats where bassheads come in.

We just like feeling the music more, feeling the raw emotion and power that lies within music.

Although im like a hybrid audiophile with basshead i just obsess over how good music can sound when played through the right headphones.

The difference is that bassheads do it for emotion, and audiophiles (atleast the ones you have mentioned) do it more for the clarity.
post #573 of 3898

LOL, well I don't know where that leaves me.  I am a bass head (heck I am a bass player tongue_smile.gif) but I am also after clarity in my audio.

 

Don't get me wrong I can easily enjoy a standard stereo (the one in my car comes to mind) and I really cannot live without music, but when I am with my friends we are chatting and laughing and my brain can't do that while critically listening to the finer nuances of a phrase of music.  If you are capable of doing this consider me most impressed.

 

It does seem a little weird to me though, coming onto an audiophile site and then saying that striving for ultimate sonic nirvana is an addiction or some kind of mental disorder.  The quest for perfection is common in many things, some people push their bodies others push their minds....we just push our wallets and sometimes our perception of reality. bigsmile_face.gif

post #574 of 3898

To me the music i listen to or play is an extension of myself....

It is a medium for me to escape the struggle and hardship of life or.....

A medium to tap into an emotion within may that be happiness or sorrow.....

When I am listening to music Nothing Else Matters........

post #575 of 3898
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Originally Posted by Muzeick View Post

It might be controversial to say this, but I don't think listening to music should be conducted critically at all. You don't need to spend much these days to listen to music on the move and get a truckload of fun out of it. Why do you need more? Why sit ere street king your chin analysing all these separate elements? Thus kind of molecular geekery that some audiophiles practise is complete anathema to the majority of people and for good reason - the majority of people can quite easily love and enjoy music without needing to take a third mortgage out to buy a headphone amp.

I love and enjoy music , but I have found that ability enhanced by the modest head fi setup I use. For example I would often find that string quartets would be screechy and difficult to listen to on a stereo, although great in person, jazz would be uninvolving. Once I began using my current set up HD558 headphones with Aune T1 amp, I found depths in the music that I had never experienced, string quartets became a pleasure to listen to with rounded tones that made violins etc seem real, Jazz began to have real impact, solo classical singing became a pleasure. I approached this hobby as a way of making music more enjoyable not due to a fascination with tech. I have found that the few hundred dollars that I have spent has been well spent. I am an older person who finds much enjoyment in hearing music that has at least some of the impact of live performance. I will probably never buy the $1500 headphones or the $2500 amp/dac, but I can understand the fascination. To each his or her own.
post #576 of 3898

Good gravy, when did this thread turn into a self-congratulatory contempt fest? People listen to music whichever way makes them feel best. If you can't understand the fact that other people experience life differently, well, that's kinda sad.

 

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Back on topic, please.

post #577 of 3898
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

Good gravy, when did this thread turn into a self-congratulatory contempt fest? People listen to music whichever way makes them feel best. If you can't understand the fact that other people experience life differently, well, that's kinda sad.

 

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Back on topic, please.

To that end:

 

I was having lunch the other day and a co-worker sat down next to me and asked if I had ever heard of a certain headphone (he had heard me talk about my custom headphone amps before), he couldn't remember the name but he said they were "pro or something, and they had a "b" on the side of them."  I said they must be really good cause they cost $400.  I shuddered when he said that.  "I said were they beats by dre?"  He said, "Yeah that's them, you must have them, too. Cause they are so expensive."  Facepalm...blink.gif

 

He and the guy with him just about fell off their chairs when I told them what I thought of them and how much I spent on my HD800 and amplifier.  Their jaws really dropped when I told them about Stax 009's and the amp needed for it.  The look on their faces was priceless.  They started giving me a hard time about the money, until I reminded one of them that he spent $40,000+ on the boat he only uses three months out of the year and then only on weekends, where I use my headphones just about everyday...

post #578 of 3898
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

Good gravy, when did this thread turn into a self-congratulatory contempt fest? People listen to music whichever way makes them feel best. If you can't understand the fact that other people experience life differently, well, that's kinda sad.

I was about to post approximately the same thing. Everyone has a different music listening preference, and the best we can do is to quietly pursue our own.

post #579 of 3898
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

He and the guy with him just about fell off their chairs when I told them what I thought of them and how much I spent on my HD800 and amplifier.  Their jaws really dropped when I told them about Stax 009's and the amp needed for it.  The look on their faces was priceless.  They started giving me a hard time about the money, until I reminded one of them that he spent $40,000+ on the boat he only uses three months out of the year and then only on weekends, where I use my headphones just about everyday...

LOL,  I agree with your point about the 40K boat.  I also pointed that out to a friend of mine (who was giving me grief about my hobby) that he spent 16K on a motorbike that he uses maybe 10 times in a year.  My favorite part was when he started saying that headphones were are "poor investment" compared to his bike.....again, I had to pull him up on that one as well.

post #580 of 3898

Hahahahaha. "Poor investment" my buttocks. Most high-end headphones have gone up in value since they were released - Stax Omega 1, Stax Sigma, Sennheiser Orpheus, Sony R10, Sony Qualia Q10, AKG K1000 - all of these are worth much more now than when they were new.


Edited by Tus-Chan - 7/13/13 at 6:39pm
post #581 of 3898
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

Hahahahaha. "Poor investment" my buttocks. Most high-end headphones have gone up in value since they were released - Stax Omega 1, Stax Sigma, Sennheiser Orpheus, Sony R10, Sony Qualia Q10, AKG K1000 - all of these are worth much more than they were new.

Bought my Vintage AKG sextet K240 when I was in High School with every nickel I made delivering papers.  They are worth more now than when I bought them and my parents thought I was nuts back then for buying them.

post #582 of 3898
Thread Starter 

Heh, I have a motorcycle too, but I put 8-12K miles on it every year.  it gets more mileage than my truck does.

No 'garage art' for me...

I believe in getting good use out of the things I buy.

post #583 of 3898

If we're making comparisons, boats are giant money pits. They're literally never worth the same money that you put into them. I'm the son of a champion sailor, and I can't remember so much as breaking even on any boats we ever owned when I was young. Add general purchase cost with depreciation and insane upkeep costs, and you've got yourself an expensive hobby.

post #584 of 3898

Oh no.... I think i derailed the thread again!  Soz.  frown.gif

post #585 of 3898
I'll try to get it back on topic since my post was the least related. Did I tell the one yet about the local audio shop owner? He's an audiophile but has never been a headphone guy, and he asked to give the Mad Dog a try while I was testing receivers. He only gave a brief lisyen, but came away very impressed.
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