- Jun 25, 2003
I use Spotify to audition equipment including DACs all the time. It's perfectly adequate and my audiophile partner in crime also uses 320kbps to audition as well. He's got a $4K system and uses 320 almost exclusively and it sounds phenomenal. And yes, you can tell the differences between the equipment.
Some people may not be able to hear the differences which is perfectly fine; we are not those people.
Using Spotify and 320k MP3 means you are not audiophiles. You'd be better off with a $100 boom box from Walmart
so what in your op is a real 'audiophile'?
seems even seasoned muscians and artists buy itunes and use streaming...guess they're not real
From Miley Cyrus to Baz Luhrmann, 29 Musicians and Celebs on How They Stream Musictaking this argument to cars, then I guess all those driving some BMW 3 or 5 series are posers, too,.....a 'real driver' would only
be behind a porsche turbo 911s...or a ferrari or a lambo...or a Rolls Royce...us the rest of us are wanabees, esp god help all those delusional in their thinking that they're being a real driver behind their mazdas, hondas, acuras, and affinitis.
and your own system...what equipment do you have?
source (flac etc) might be one thing, but what of the real audiophile equipment translating it?
i would presume if your home audio system it's not a $50k-100k hi fi system
then you're not a 'real audiophile' but are somewhat of a poser.
and if your dap is not some $3k AK380 then you're not really into true audiophile territory, either.
but hey, maybe you can have a great FLAC source and great equipment ....
but what if the equipment you use on your perfect source is overly coloured?
so what of all those in the 'bassheads' forum, given what many of their members listen to (top end FLAC, etc) gets inevitably twisted out of shape with their bass heavy iems and cans...guess they can't be 'real audiophiles' either
don't get me wrong: i hear you on the sound quality of streaming vs true lossless or CDs etc.
but quality level streaming (spotify extreme, tidal) is not nearly as crap bad as a boombox as your
hyperbole makes it out to be...and like i said initally: streaming quality will only to get better as this area grows and
more people demand better bitrate transmissions. for me streaming has opened up many great new artists/venues to listen to.
and for many headfiers, to varying degrees, use both...each (lossless etc) and streaming have their place. and for many who like streaming, it's also about convenience and easy access to new material.
i did also try Tidal, btw, and while there was some difference between it and spotify extreme, it just
didn't warrant the additional $10 (which i would have paid for had there been truly a significant diff).
lastly just so you know, i'm also trying to fit more loss less in.
i'll check out those other sites members on here have suggested.