This is my first post on this forum, even tho I've spent countless hours reading other threads and searching the net for information. It seems to me that this is just the right place to get the help I need. I have a lot of information I have problems prosessing, so I will try to explain my thoughts and plans as well as possible.
I started listening to classical music when I was 12. And after this I've put nearly every aspect of my life to music, music is for me a language, a language that speaks to me like no words can. Now ten years later, I am taking a bachelor of preforming music. Even tho I sit in the orchestra 6 hours a day, and practise another 4, I cant get enough music, listening to my ipod on the train, continuing listening when I sit down with my computer.
I started with a normal diskman and some ****ty koss portapros, then I went to Ipod classic and sennheiser px100 later px100-ii, I think I will still use my px100-ii's when jogging and beeing mobile, but Ive decided that music is such a big part of my life that I want to invest in something more professional, something that takes me to the sound of the great halls and great orchestras. Sound and acoustics has always taken my attention, listening to different instruments, the great concerthalls of Berlin, Vienna etc. I feel that I have a good knowlage of what good sound is, and how to describe it.
The source of my listening has for the most part been itunes where I ripped all my cd's and more in lossless quality, I have a feeling this is like cursing in church, but thats where I got my library. The last year however, I've went on to using spotify and highest avalible quality, if you americans are familiar with that? Anyway, like the title suggests I feel that it's time to step it up a notch.
I've always been a fan of sennheiser, and so far my research has led me to the HD600 or HD650. Ofcourse everyone knows that the seemingly godlike HD800's is the way to go, I just cant/wount spend that kind of money just yet. I listen to all kinds of classical music, but mostly big orchestra works by my favourite late-romantic composers, Mahler, Wagner, Bruckner, Shostakovich etc. Im a doublebass player, so I always appreciate a strong and noble bass sound. My sound ideals are above all clarity and detail, looking for a crisp and deep brass/string sound. I love visiting concerthalls where the direct intensity and singing sound is present, and not so much the smoothness, I mean, I want the delicate pianissimo of Mahlers adagios to be as toughing and soft as possible, but I also want the expressivo fortissimo parts to be brutal and evil, and not muted or sanded down in any way. I want my music to sound like a pointy and sharp rock just carved out of the mountain, rather than a smooth roundedged stone that has been worn down on the beach for thousands of years. If you get where Im going with that:)
Also I am moving around quite a bit, so concerning amplifier etc, the whole rig should be mobile to a sertain degree. I will be going abroad for an exchangeperiod next year, and plan to only bring my Ipad and use spotify, so I would prefer something working with that, if possible, but Im by all means not bound to that.
I feel like I have the philosophy, but I still need the know-how and experience from you gifted people, so please enlighten me!
I appreciate any feedback you may have. Thank you in advance for any reply.