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Where can I actually learn about sound science/headphones/amps/dacs/etc?

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Hi everyone,

Every time I go on this forum, I feel totally outclassed by the other members because you guys are all just so knowledgeable about headphones and amps and sound tech. I love music and am slowly developing a passion for high quality headphones, but I really don't know what a lot of the terminology means. I have a humble request: where did all of you learn about this? Are there any useful guides to sound science which are good for head-fi users/headphone enthusiasts who are just beginning?

 

And on the equipment side--how do you come to a consensus about what amps or DACs are good/bad? How would I figure out what rig to set up if I wanted to get a better pair of cans in the future? I feel like a lot of people here would know exactly what to pair with a good headphone and I have no clue and feel like I'd waste my money if I bought an expensive, nicer pair cause I wouldn't have the right equipment to use it. So--how did you come to know about all this tech?

 

Basically, I don't know anything about sound science and headphones/headphone accessories. Where do I start?

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Hi,

 

Describing Sound - A Glossary

http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary

 

Glossary of terms

http://www.head-fi.org/a/glossary-of-terms

 

:k701smile:

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thank you very much! I'll be sure to look through those.

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Hi everyone,

Every time I go on this forum, I feel totally outclassed by the other members because you guys are all just so knowledgeable about headphones and amps and sound tech. I love music and am slowly developing a passion for high quality headphones, but I really don't know what a lot of the terminology means. I have a humble request: where did all of you learn about this? Are there any useful guides to sound science which are good for head-fi users/headphone enthusiasts who are just beginning?

And on the equipment side--how do you come to a consensus about what amps or DACs are good/bad? How would I figure out what rig to set up if I wanted to get a better pair of cans in the future? I feel like a lot of people here would know exactly what to pair with a good headphone and I have no clue and feel like I'd waste my money if I bought an expensive, nicer pair cause I wouldn't have the right equipment to use it. So--how did you come to know about all this tech?

Basically, I don't know anything about sound science and headphones/headphone accessories. Where do I start?

 

Just start reading reviews. get curious about a subject and read several difference articles on the same subject

There are those on Head-Fi who buy a lot of headphones and DACs and amplifiers and try different software audio programs.

I'm an "amateur" audio enthusiast, but I own about 20 headphones  and 5 sound cards and about 10 pieces of assorted external DACs, amps and DAC/Amps and I just like buying this stuff for the fun.

There are those on Head-Fi who have owned or currently own over twice as many headphones as me and really understand how all the parts in DACs and amplifiers work.

Also there are educated audio engineers on Head-fi who will sometimes impart their wisdom to those less knowledgeable on a subject.

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