Originally Posted by madwolfa
I'm not bothered by my transducers imperfections, my speakers and headphones are perceptually flat enough for my taste. And if the recording is bad by itself, well, I either live with it or skip to another one.
But what if its a very artistic track by a very good artist...but the sound engineer was under pressure by the corporate backing to add compression, loudness and a wonky frequency balance, which the artist could not over rule? What if Led Zeppelins stairway to heaven was only available in 128 Mp3?
Your proposition then would be...I dunno, just put a bullet in my brain and spare me that thought!
Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
Bigshot has stated he has never heard a good high-end tube headphone amp. Thus we have the over all problem with Head-Fi at the present time.
I wish . Mind you...I may not have heard the sound of a top line tube amp...but seeing that everything I have heard with a tube in the path sounds different to without tubes, going by the theory presented here, I have not heard a top line tubed device. But if it turns out that tube distortion is what I enjoy, I have no issues with that.
Originally Posted by bigshot
I have heard a high end solid state headphone amp and it really isn't necessary. It sounds exactly the same with my headphones as plugged straight into my iPod, iMac or A/V receiver. High end headphone amps are a waste of money. Just get headphones that are clean and relatively flat and don't require amping like I did. If you have to adjust the response a little to make it perfectly flat, use an equalizer. If you want to gaze at a pretty glow, light a candle.
But the flickering flame....shadows that move in the dark...I think I might have just had a minor heart attack thinking about it.
But seriously, I have eq'd the crap out of evrything I could lay my hands on and have not found eq to give me that tube sound. And I do know this, even if I could it just won't be the same. Because the machine is not as fascinating as the other machine.
It is the same reason that men pay more for an antique classic automobile, restore it with modern replica fabricated parts. You could get a corolla for much less that will outperform an antique in every technical benchmark....blow it out of the water. But it won't be the same. Why driving an antique sports car at the edge of its performance envelope is altogether a completely different experience to taking a modern sports to its sterile edge of adhesion. Why the old days of formula one is an altogether different spectacle to modern f1.
Man and machine is intertwined, like when walking into a hardware store and next thing you know, you own machines that you will use once and never again. Like buying the best computer parts for MOAR POWER! Or the woman that can't resist that machine which dices, slices and mashes (I want one of them too!). The machine is a.....tool, something about evolution, man and tools, everyone should know what I am talking about (I lost a part of me when I was forced to sell my tool chest to make ends meet, and it will never be the same to replace them with new tools later, my tools journeyed with me for many years).
And history is a powerful force to reckon with.
Point being....I forget.
Oh yeah, You can never convince someone that enjoys his/her (Where's Dubstep Girl when you need her?) tube amplifier to not do so. It is a hobby, and if part of it is to experience history as it were, who is to say its wrong to enjoy it so? Bloody no one, that's who.
My biggest fear is that machine will turn on man one day...its like listening to loud music and drinking beer, or skydiving, it aint good for ya and may even kill ya, we know it, but we will still pursue it, nothing gets in the way of the human imagination, what we envision, we will accomplish, in due to time. Whatever fate awaits us, someone, somewhere, has already envisioned it.
Unless that is the reason for the discouragement of tube amp usage...someone has envisioned the awakening of tube amps and we are doomed by them! I am envisioning a trilogy already, with the provision of a prequel tilogy if it does well...