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post #46 of 345

Well said:)
 

post #47 of 345

Basially I agree with the original poster. For some people, the hobby is about the accurate reproduction of music, and that tends to be what we call an "audiophile". There's no shame or embarrassment in that... it's a valid hobby like any other. It makes no more sense or less sense than watching miniature trains going around a track or collecting beer coasters. It would be nice if people could feel comfortable admitting that it is the sound that interests them, rather than the music.

 

For others, it's about how the music makes them feel. and there are even others that collect rare pressings. Whatever makes you happy.  smily_headphones1.gif   

post #48 of 345

I'm amazed when someone with a multithousand bux headphone preaches absolute lessons about how this should sound or how that is trebly etc, then you realize than all he listens about is country music...

 

If you don't love music really deeply, and it's not a major part of your inner life, then spending 5000$ worth of gear (like a headphone and amp) only makes you a morbid compulsive consumer. YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY

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Edited by telecaster - 8/22/13 at 10:19pm
post #49 of 345
Why can't someone love country music? lol

 

By the way, does anyone else find it ironic that recording studios spend millions of dollars trying to make recordings as flawless as possible, and then we spend thousands of dollars on equipment in order to hear all the imperfections in the recording, like people coughing in the background and trucks driving by?

post #50 of 345
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Originally Posted by dosprompt View Post

 

Basically, it appears that audiophiles don't actually like music - as in the music itself.  Rather, they like the delivery and experience of sounds, with a focus on how they are hearing something and not what they are hearing.  

I actually enjoy both aspects of the hobby! 

 

I can enjoy my crap tastic Car Speakers, and my almost $2000 at home rig equally. In fact I REALLY enjoy Classical Jazz out of my Car Speakers, the bass is refined, in the background but with some back bone. The mids have awesome body, and just enough weight [I listen about at 33% of  my Car's Max Volume] The treble is kinda lame, but the mids make up for it.

 

Now that being said, my car speakers and my Akg K550 have a simmilar sound! I enjoy that about the K550. Thankfully the K550 is MUCH more refined, but for me it's the feel of music, that makes it really enjoyable. The sound and the feeling of it are just as fun as the analytical listening! 

 

As to your bonus question... I don't have any ONE song that I enjoy. I have like a dozen, and I'm of the mind good music exists every where, and if I lost all of it today. I'd find equally enjoying music tommorow :D 

post #51 of 345
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I actually enjoy both aspects of the hobby! 

 

I can enjoy my crap tastic Car Speakers, and my almost $2000 at home rig equally. In fact I REALLY enjoy Classical Jazz out of my Car Speakers, the bass is refined, in the background but with some back bone. The mids have awesome body, and just enough weight [I listen about at 33% of  my Car's Max Volume] The treble is kinda lame, but the mids make up for it.

There's something about car acoustics that I never managed to improved. I always feel something is missing and I had the same problem with every car. I became too picky I guess... 

post #52 of 345

I still wish I'm back to the good ol days of enjoying music/fm from my basic speakers and cassette players. I didn't spent 1% as most of the people in the forum but I'm becoming one of them, now I could not listen to any music at all, always wishing for some other setup. Adding all the money I spent till now, I'm amazed how much I spent, in fact saving the money I could have purchased top of the expensive audio gear from my wishlist. Instead I was simply trying different headphones, iems, daps, the combined money not worth the end result or even experience, since I still want more and better one. I moved myself from music affectionado to some kind of sound engineer, looking at impedence, senstivity, frequency, etc slowly addicted to experimenting different gears and combination. Always hoping the orgasmic sound which will put me in heaven and bliss is just (another) final gear away!


Edited by santhoshr - 8/23/13 at 10:50am
post #53 of 345
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Originally Posted by squallkiercosa View Post

There's something about car acoustics that I never managed to improved. I always feel something is missing and I had the same problem with every car. I became too picky I guess... 

 

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Originally Posted by santhoshr View Post

I still wish I'm back to the good ol days of enjoying music/fm from my basic speakers and cassette players. I didn't spent 1% as most of the people in the forum but I'm becoming one of them, now I could not listen to any music at all, always wishing for some other setup. Adding all the money I spent till now, I'm amazed how much I spent, in fact saving the money I could have purchased top of the expensive audio gear from my wishlist. Instead I was simply trying different headphones, iems, daps, the combined money not worth the end result or even experience, since I still want more and better one. I moved myself from music affectionado to some kind of sound engineer, looking at impedence, senstivity, frequency, etc slowly addicted to experimenting different gears and combination. Always hoping the orgasmic sound which will put me in heaven and bliss is just (another) final gear away!

:O I'm glad I can still enjoy a cheap thrill! In fact I enjoy RHCP on CHEAP Headphones just as much as I do on my w1000x and such, it's the music I grew up with that I really enjoy regardless of the gear. Yea it sound better on the w1000x, but I have memories of good ole RHCP on Sony MDR v150s xD out of an iPod lol 

 

That said, I'll NEVER go back willingly, but I can still dig it, for the memories :D 

post #54 of 345
Thread Starter 

First new vinyl I purchased - Radiohead - Kid A

First used vinyl I purchased - Dire Straits - Making Movies.....awesome

 

edit..this was supposed to be a reply to a comment referencing both radiohead and dire straits


Edited by dosprompt - 8/23/13 at 5:18pm
post #55 of 345
Thread Starter 
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Are we being trolled?
When was the last time the OP contributed?

Anyway, I am enjoying reading everyone's posts.......in a good way! biggrin.gif

No you're not being trolled!

 

Thank you all for the wonderful and honest responses.  This is what I was hoping to hear.

post #56 of 345
Thread Starter 

The first cassette I got was when I was in second grade and I will not name the artistbigsmile_face.gif I had a little tape player and I would rewind and play the first song over and over and over.  The chorus of that song was euphoric for me, it was amazing.  That was the benchmark for my love of music - that song that stops the world and you HAVE to hear it.  When I was in 7th grade I was carpooling to school in the backseat and Sultans of Swing came on the radio.  My best friend's older brother knew who it was and so casually said, "oh yeah, this is Dire Straits."  Like, you knew this song exists and you aren't locked in your room in a trance 24 hours a day listening to it??  The school day lasted an eternity and I bought the album on my way home from school.  This would have been a CD in one of those cd/tape/radio/dual speaker combo systems that cost $79.99 at Sears.  It was incredible.  The third moment occurred in my sophomore year of college.  A band called The Microphones and an album, The Glow Pt. 2. I cannot begin to describe the album, but it dovetailed with my random purchase of Sony MDR headphones to use with the 4-track recorder I purchased.  I thought, might as well listen to CDs with these headphones too.  It was a random choice, it literally never occurred to me that the run of the mill Discman headphones were crap.  That was the classic stay up all night re-listening to everything you've ever heard before moment.  I used those for nearly 10 years until I severed the cord.  That brought me to about 6 months ago when I was simply looking to replace those.  I made a poor choice, then consulted head-fi, and arrived at my replacements.  Now I have a modest turntable, headphone amp, setup and have not been this excited about music AND,yes, gear in a long time.  Thanks to everyone for their responses.

post #57 of 345

I don't disagree that a lot of Head-Fi can be Gear-Fi at times. I think Head-Fi did have its point of craziness which has been very adequately expressed in this thread:

 

Leaving Portable hifi - it's too silly

 

Of course, some might argue that it is still silly.

 

 

My first cassette player was a $29 thing I bought at a pharmacy of all places which would, very gradually, slow down so that, after an hour, you wondered if the music wasn't sounding off.  My father had a couple of moderately good hi-fi systems and I was shocked at how odd my pop music at the time sounded on them.

 
I have though, always liked some artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan. As the equipment I've used, especially the speakers or headphones have improved, so has my appreciation an enjoyment of his playing. Similarly a lot of music I wouldn't normally like I find I can appreciate with what I have now that I'm sure I wouldn't have appreciated before, quite a bit of it jazz that I would have never listened to otherwise.
post #58 of 345
I does seem curious to me that some people get defensive of how others enjoy music and how they spend their money. If you are completely happy with a cheap stereo (i know i was for most of my childhood) it should not matter what others think. The end goal of all systems is personal enjoyment. For example I know a guy with this vintage system that he loves to bits. Even when it was new it was a cheaper system and honestly it is not very detailed or neutral, but this guy just lights up when he is talking about his vintage gear. At the end of the day we are talking about the enjoyment of music, which in itself has so many layers that anyone can pick out something that holds value to them. It might be a drum fill, chord change, an emphasis of a word or possibly the decay of a final note in a phrase or realising how a great composer fused two seemingly unrelated musical ideas. If it is all about the gear it does not change the outcome, which is enjoyment of music.... Unless you only listen to pink noise wink.gif
post #59 of 345
enjoyed the article about non existent hi fi portable audio. still I'll be content with my ibasso dx50 JDSC5 an AKG K 550 for quite a whle. nothing like a portable rig the cost as much as a single desktop amp
post #60 of 345

Music appreciation in the context of high End  gear.

 

 Why bother.

 

 Simple, it is  personal, period.

 

 For me.

 

 One of the best ways I can think of to spend 4 min 39 seconds of my life.

 

 One song. Narrow escape by Ray La Montagne from his  album Trouble.

 

 This singer has the amazing ability to tell a story with fantastic emotional sincerity. This cd, a simple red the book CD does not sound all that great on most systems.  Many of the finer nuances  In this song is lost on  lesser systems.

The music has an ebb and flow in the sense of slow  Poignant pieces and frantic high  paced crescendos.  There is a palpable atmosphere in this song.  It is possible to imagine the despair from the sound you get and  The way he sings it.

 There are certain sections at the end  of a line where he has a little vibrato that  is easily missed on lesser systems.

 You can distantly and separately hear  the backing vocals. The  Quiet pieces are very quiet and lively pieces are exhilarating.

 

 I don't hear the above listening intently and carefully, I hear above listening relaxed and thoughtfully.

 

I like it and I will have it.

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