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How to become an audiophile?

post #1 of 13
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I love music. I have always loved music.

I am at a stage now in my life where the quality of music I listen to is very important to me. So much so that I have recently invested in JH16 Pros. I took this leap coming from the Shure SE215s and the Sound magic E30s before that.

Now I understand that having better gadgets i.e amps, IEMs, speakers etc will result in a better music experience, but for me ( and I'm sure for many others), I want to be able to distinguish, analyze and differentiate music on an audiophile plain. I really want to be able to appreciate the music for more than the sound it produces.

I'm sure that this is a long and on my part, will have to be a patient path, but I really want to make this journey. I have read many articles that I have found to be non informative or too general. So my questions is this, how do I start my path as an audiophile. How did you guys start and what has changed from the beginning of your journeys? What advice can you give?

This is very much appreciated all,

Thank you

Ed.
post #2 of 13

The best advice I can give is to hang around the For Sale forum here at Head-Fi and start buying/selling/trading headphones to try out. You'll be able to find what kind of sound you're truly looking for and you'll be able to understand the jargon associated with audio. I'm by no means an "audiophile" but the only thing that has helped me understand what I'm hearing is trying out a bunch of different cans and reading the respective reviews from other users. Let's just say, you are about to embark on a very long and possibly very expensive journey wink.gif

post #3 of 13

I really enjoy visiting hifi and consumer electronics shops and auditioning new equipment. You can spend as much time as you like listening to different equipment if they've got it for demo. 

 

Sometimes you may find you enjoy some cheaper piece of equipment more than a super-expensive one. And this is more to do with the sound signature, aesthetics and comfort than a headphones technical ability. Which I think is still considered 'audiophile', although not in the 'purist' sense that demands the wearing of Jecklin Floats and boxy Stax earspeakers in search for audio perfection. 

 

The best advice I can offer is to just enjoy the music. 
If you're not enjoying the music for whatever reason, then continue your audiophile journey.

post #4 of 13

audiophile - one who has intense interest in hi-fidelity sound reproduction (freedictionary)

 

there are two paths to such enlightenment:  subjectively and objectively.  choose wisely.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

The best advice I can give is to hang around the For Sale forum here at Head-Fi and start buying/selling/trading headphones to try out. You'll be able to find what kind of sound you're truly looking for and you'll be able to understand the jargon associated with audio. I'm by no means an "audiophile" but the only thing that has helped me understand what I'm hearing is trying out a bunch of different cans and reading the respective reviews from other users. Let's just say, you are about to embark on a very long and possibly very expensive journey wink.gif

Yea, Ive been looking around but since Ive ordered my JH16s I dont think im going to get much for better quality. I might however go back to using my old iems for a day or so just to remind myself what the difference between the two of them are.
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I really enjoy visiting hifi and consumer electronics shops and auditioning new equipment. You can spend as much time as you like listening to different equipment if they've got it for demo. 

Sometimes you may find you enjoy some cheaper piece of equipment more than a super-expensive one. And this is more to do with the sound signature, aesthetics and comfort than a headphones technical ability. Which I think is still considered 'audiophile', although not in the 'purist' sense that demands the wearing of Jecklin Floats and boxy Stax earspeakers in search for audio perfection. 

The best advice I can offer is to just enjoy the music. 

If you're not enjoying the music for whatever reason, then continue your audiophile journey.

Yea I do enjoy the music. Its more a case of being able to interpret the music so I can enjoy it even more. I think that requires patience. I recently found a sound test online where there were two clips of music. One was 128kbps and the other 320kbps. i listened to it with my Shure SE215s.....I couldnt tell the difference!! I want to be able to..thats kind of my objective at the moment.
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audiophile - one who has intense interest in hi-fidelity sound reproduction (freedictionary)

there are two paths to such enlightenment:  subjectively and objectively.  choose wisely.

Dont they go hand in hand my friend? smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 13

I tell you how to become one. 6 simple steps: 

 

1- Get some GOOD music

2- Spend a lot of time listening to it

3- Learn some audiophile terms

4- Read reviews

5- Buy gear, sell and upgrade..its a quest to find the perfect sound. 

6- Attend to audiophile meets, and talk with people with same interests. 

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by formula1 View Post

I tell you how to become one. 6 simple steps: 

1- Get some GOOD music
2- Spend a lot of time listening to it
3- Learn some audiophile terms
4- Read reviews
5- Buy gear, sell and upgrade..its a quest to find the perfect sound. 
6- Attend to audiophile meets, and talk with people with same interests. 

that easy huh? tongue.gif
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by edyeded View Post


that easy huh? tongue.gif

 

Well, it requires a lot of time. That's the problem with this hobby wink.gif

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by formula1 View Post

Well, it requires a lot of time. That's the problem with this hobby wink.gif

Amen to that!
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by formula1 View Post

I tell you how to become one. 6 simple steps: 

 

1- Get some GOOD music

2- Spend a lot of time listening to it

3- Learn some audiophile terms

4- Read reviews

5- Buy gear, sell and upgrade..its a quest to find the perfect sound. 

6- Attend to audiophile meets, and talk with people with same interests. 

Yea this is definitely it. Its what I went through.

1. Broaden your music and discover new genres. 

2. I think step 2 might be the most important. You're going to have to spend some time analyzing and learning how to hear things in your music. (apply 10,000 hour rule here) hehe.
you could read reviews and try to hear what the reviewers wrote but that might just end up leading to confirmation bias, still. 

3. lol I have the link on bookmark. http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary

5. I the FS to broaden my experience with equipment;long term auditions. disposable income required :)

6. Underrated. An amazing experience to hear TOTL setup and hidden gems.

post #11 of 13

Once you start on this, your wife and your wallet will suffer. Be warned. biggrin.gif

post #12 of 13
"How to become an audiophile?"

Use the music to listen to your audio equipment, instead of the other way around wink.gif
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post

Yea this is definitely it. Its what I went through.

1. Broaden your music and discover new genres. 

2. I think step 2 might be the most important. You're going to have to spend some time analyzing and learning how to hear things in your music. (apply 10,000 hour rule here) hehe.
you could read reviews and try to hear what the reviewers wrote but that might just end up leading to confirmation bias, still. 

3. lol I have the link on bookmark. http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary

5. I the FS to broaden my experience with equipment;long term auditions. disposable income required :)

6. Underrated. An amazing experience to hear TOTL setup and hidden gems.

 

1. I listen to a quite a wide range already from hip hop, rnb, pop, rock. But Im not sure expanding further will help me much..after all, you like what you like right?

 

2. Yea, its seems quite obvious but I dont spend enough time actually listening in depth to my music. I just got a Fiio X3 and Ive coupled it with my Soundmagic E30's and because there isnt an obvious improvement in sound quality and Im waiting on my JH16s, I find myself only listening to music only when I need to..does that make sense?

 

3. On it!!

 

4. On it..later..broke..damn!

 

5. Cant find any in London in the near future :(

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