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Old 07-15-07, 07:02 PM
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What do Audiophiles listen to?

Not being a truly serious audiophile myself, I've always been a little curious about this. I figure nobody in their right mind spends $10k+ on a stereo setup to listen to goateed guys with scratchy voices bleat out lyrics with as little originality as Hallmark chords accompanied by progressions of four power chords or monotone rhymes about the hood with synthesized bass.

So what is it? Classical? Electronic? Nursery Rhymes?
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Classical, Jazz, all kinds of things,just not rap!
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It varies....some people will strive for any well-made recording, others will just listen to what they love.
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True audiophiles don't listen to music. They listen to their stereo systems.
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^^^ so true, so true!
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While it does vary, you would be surprised at how many have small collections.
For the extreme audiophile, it's all about the hardware.

Another type is the obsessive collector. These guys don't have systems that are quite as nice, but their wives left them years ago, almost shoved out the door by the thousands and thousands of records they have. One told me that statistically there was basically no chance for him to listen to all the records he currently had even if he listened several hours a day. He had a garage so full you couldn't open the door, the cellar alone had over a thousand, the first floor had hundreds of his favorites ans he said he had more upstairs. He showed me something I didn't even know existed, a collectors box of Shaded Dogs in mint condition. It held most the best shaded dogs, and was the crown jewel of his collection. The sound quality was incredible.

I knew one guy, he liked toodly music. By that I mean music without strength.
Chamber music, new age music, etc. I accidentally insulted him one day. We were comparing cables, and I wanted something with some dynamic range and edge. So I said, "Do you have any fun music?"

Oh well.

We're a bunch of neurotics is what it is.
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Originally Posted by late
While it does vary, you would be surprised at how many have small collections.
For the extreme audiophile, it's all about the hardware.
Hehe... that was kind of what I expected, but I also figured there had to be some out there who are as passionate about the music as they are about the hardware. It looks like there's a couple on here.

I was thinking about it after I got a nicer set of speakers for my desktop (Logitech Z-4's; nothing special but pretty nice for the price). I started to pay more attention to the quality of recordings and found some music I just listened to passively...mostly pop alternative stuff...and some had me re-ripping noisy files (not a fan of DBpoweramp anymore, btw) or playing with the equalizer to get the balance exactly right.

It made me curious what the guys with the real toys listened to.
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Good recordings on vinyl.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Classical, Jazz, all kinds of things,just not rap!
Good music can be found in every genre....surprisingly, even rap.
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Originally Posted by polara426sh
Good recordings on vinyl.
+1
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
Good music can be found in every genre....surprisingly, even rap.
+1 for the every genre tip.

and for true music lovers, we know the differences between 'rap', 'hip-hop' and the like.
There's a big difference between the folks who run with the stuff thats played on your big-name stations (like KDAY, or Power out here in LA)... and those who pay more attention to what's going down at Stone's Throw and who would rather be in a small club with Madlib (and all his alterior personnae), the late Dilla (R.I.P!) and MF Doom.... among others.

Anyway, true audiophile listens to the music - no matter what it is - ever nuance, detail, sound resonance is key... and when you get to that level of quality, the music is superb from what it sounded like on other systems. I recently replaced 2 large tower speakers with a pair of Paradigm Titans - and when I had them running, after a little warm up session, I probably didn't leave the room for about 7 hours... too good, too good!
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Originally Posted by iamlucky13
Not being a truly serious audiophile myself, I've always been a little curious about this. I figure nobody in their right mind spends $10k+ on a stereo setup to listen to goateed guys with scratchy voices bleat out lyrics with as little originality as Hallmark chords accompanied by progressions of four power chords or monotone rhymes about the hood with synthesized bass.

So what is it? Classical? Electronic? Nursery Rhymes?
All kinds of stuff. Dance, trance, rock, pop, classical, rap and more dance.

What pisses me off is that now I find so much stuff through P2P that I simply can't find in shops. Really sucks

I hope that one day I'll have the time to find decent quality masters of the massive amount of crap-quality mpgs in my collection.
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Old 07-16-07, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Nicodemus
All kinds of stuff. Dance, trance, rock, pop, classical, rap and more dance.

What pisses me off is that now I find so much stuff through P2P that I simply can't find in shops. Really sucks

I hope that one day I'll have the time to find decent quality masters of the massive amount of crap-quality mpgs in my collection.
I end up doing the same thing - I find these really amazing tracks and artists through various p2p's, rare stuff from countries I have yet to reach (but will soon)... and the local shops don't carry them. The closest we get in LA is Amoeba (the Cali-legend that it is), so it isn't too bad. But yes, I completely sympathize. It's even worse when you want it on vinyl, but the labels are only releasing on CD. Ugh!
I've purchased masters (vinyl or cd) of about 80% of the music I've managed to find through p2p though. Not too bad. The rest of the mp3 collections are just digital copies of stuff I already own for when I'm not listening to the higher end system, or on the move....
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Yeah, I'm the music collector type....a sub-$1000 system (nice speakers, good receiver (integrated amp is being saved up for), but using a DVD player for audio....oh well, it still sounds great), but I have over 300 CDs, and the count is constantly going up thanks to Ebay and cheap imports.
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Record companies spend millions of dollars getting that recording just right then we go and turn the bass up
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Every genre you can think of. That's right, I listen to black metal on a high end stereo system.
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From what I've noticed, themselves talking mostly.
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From what I've noticed, themselves talking mostly.


Truest statement yet.
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I'mno a audiophile, but I have a prettty goodd stereo [best part is the MTX road thunder from the car, now in my room] I listen to jazz, serbian music, italian music, Notorious B.I.G. [I don't listen to any new rap, no meaning] and some other stuff all in Apple Lossless
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I just listen to white noise. It is much whiter on the high end rig!
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Pfft. Don't buy into this audiophile hype. The best music, is going to be a live performance hands down. All audiohpile equipment and associated recordings is trying to do is to recreate that experience. Which obviously cannot be the same as actually being at a live performance.
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I agree with operator. Save your money and just pay your favorite group to come play in your house.
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Originally Posted by late
While it does vary, you would be surprised at how many have small collections.
For the extreme audiophile, it's all about the hardware.

+1 Yeah. reminds me of my dad. He has at least 4 turntables, two of which are laser turntables. His main system is full vacuum tube setup. He has lost count of how many LP's he has, but it's close to 5000. He took over a whole room in the house for his records and gear.
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I've compared LP's (classical mostly) on a number of different systems and it's amazing what the high-end systems can do. I've studied classical music a fair amount so I'm really familiar with a lot of classical stuff. Anyhow, there were things you can hear on the LP's played on a GREAT system that were either hard or impossible to hear on an average or low-end system.

With a great system and a room that is designed properly or just has decent acoustics to begin with, you can almost feel like you are at a live performance.
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