Originally Posted by Hutnicks
Gosh I hope not (Love the article though)
Counterpoint or Why I have little interest in monolithic speakers or a room full of cables and separates anymore.
You make some very brilliant points and tap into an almost primordial function of the lizard brain. On a low level we want to hear better because it was a vital tool to stay alive in the past. It is a natural phenomena for humans to gravitate toward a higher res sound. You want to find a critical listener, look for a hunting guide with 10 - 20 years in the bush. He will tell you stuff about your rig you never even conceived of.
Easy sell for the Firestone in your case.Most folks have never even heard (oops) of a headphone amp and are just tickled at the idea when they first hear one.. Ever thought of being a travelling salesman?:)
I believe congested living may well be a factor in people getting out of the house a little more and taking your audio with you is a real bonus these days. I can see that market growing and growing. I do not see precious living space being given over to audio hardware. If the high end wants to tap into that market they are going to have to do a remarkable job of making it unobtrusive. A much better job than has been done to date.
I would like to believe that the shut in tvholic, xbox junkies et all are about to be woken up to the fact that there is a world out there waiting. I really would hate for audio to be used as yet another tool to get people to remain in their nests and avoid the world in general. We have pizza delivery and pay per view for that.
All things point to movement to mobility being the new rule here and I fully support that. We have wifi hot spots everywhere it is almost a challenge to not be connected when you are out and about. I sure hope the audio industry sees that as well. I hope they are looking closely and see that the once scorned headphone is now the number one listening device for any kind of music worldwide.
So power down the tube amp, strap on a DAP and go for a walk, jog, ride or whatever. When you see someone coming the other way, ask them what they are listening to.
Now that is an experience
Excellent and astute response sir!
Well played indeed. Thank you so very much for your incisive outlook on things too. We are on the same page in many ways.
It looks like you are totally feeling the fact that living real estate is shrinking, and having gear you can take with you
seems better conceptually as we progress. Plus: It allows you to take the joy of great sound with you. Which, for me, wasn't available
until this year!
This year was the first time I could take a system with me that I loved just as much as my home system!
Which is what I'll be touching on for the next installment of the series.
Everyday life is become more and more portable. I mean, I'm streaming music 40% of the time today (via MOG and Spotify Premium)!
The other 10 to Amarra/iTunes, and other 50 to vinyl! So I'm on both extremes.
And the truth is: I see a serious lack in the connection between analog and personal audio at shows! I wanna see more turntables!
I absolutely love listening to my VPI Traveler turntable (not too expensive) and my tube phonostage and E.A.R HP4!!!! The music
But that's the exception, and you are SPOT ON THERE.
It's about how slick it is when it goes in your pocket, or sits in your hand (well, aside of sonic integrity of course).
Because people are living their lives digitally and in analog on the road, and constantly interconnected!
and, SWEET exit on the experience tip!
That's what I'm all about. It's how I learned to write music reviews from Harry Pearson at The Absolute Sound magazine. Explore
the journey, the sound of the MUSIC through the componentry... I love it.
Thanks again for the killer response.