I had a great headphone geek-out/personal audio evangelist moment last night at this house party I was DJing at
and it included my CEntrance HiFi-M8!
My friends had a bonfire going at one point. There were people with guitars and drums in this other area. It was a night full of live stuff
from good friends and the vibe was positive. After the live music winded down there I pulled out my HiFi-M8 (iPod Classic as source )
and Audeze LCD3's (via a prototype cable I'm working with somebody on). I promised a few friends that I'd "blow their minds with a headphone
experience they never dreamed possible." None of them are audiophiles or even headphone enthusiasts. They're artists and also love music.
I heard some amazing feedback. My friend Lavender for example (who also sung and played drums that night) told me that it was
the first time she'd ever heard a headphone system that "washed over me like this" and she described the "three-dimensionality of the
sound" - HER words. Another guy I didn't know told me "you just made my Sony's sound like complete S__" "I love you and I hate
But my friend Eddie said something that just blew my mind. Now, consider the fact that it was late, and I was all pumped up hearing
these people react like MAD to this portable rig! I played Eddie some Nosaj Thing, James Blake, Eskmo, and ended his short listening
sesh with Radiohead's "Everything in it's Right Place" off there mesmerizing Kid A record...
He started talking to me about the sound. He said it sounded like a "50k stereo system strapped to my head" and he said "the whole
experience was also very personal"! I said wah? LOL I asked him if he ever heard me say "personal audio"? He said no. I told
him that was so freaky because, I said, IF you could give a name to this big game we're all involved in, it's personal audio! I just found
it fascinating that he chose that word specifically. When I asked him why it was "personal" he said it was "more meditative and grounding"
than listening to music "echoing in a room." And he's a bass player.
I also had a moment of pride there, admittedly, because I sat in on the brainstorming sessions when I worked at CEntrance that birthed
their marketing anthem Making Audio Personal!
A GREAT time turning people onto better sound through tools they can relate to, even if they've never seen ANYTHING like it before
(bigger headphones or a DAC/headphone amp). They picked up how to use the HiFi-M8 INSTANTLY!!
Listening to my Audeze LCD3's while sitting around a campfire - WOW
Thanks CEntrance HiFi-M8!! Sounds like a soap commercial...
It was MAGICAL