Do you consider yourself an audiophile?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Doctor Carrot, Apr 5, 2010.


Are you an audiophile?

  1. Yes

    21 vote(s)
  2. No

    70 vote(s)
  3. Audiophiles are deluded bullshitters

    98 vote(s)
  1. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    The concept is sound, whether the implementation is up to scratch or not I'll reserve judgement on.
    ringo likes this.
  2. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  3. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I think these might be on the wrong thread, they sound great for anyone with hearing loss.

    I just did the test, the results roughly match the results of my hearing tests at Guys Hospital. They don't have reggae on their genre list, but listening to hip hop for a similar bass response the difference between listening to the music flat and then adjusted to suit my hearing loss the difference is incredible. The sound is so much fuller becasue I'm not missing out the frequencies that I don't hear.

    I sort of wish I hadn't just splashed out on some expensive Sennheiser Momentum 2 cans, although they do sound pretty lovely. Might get these one day, thanks for the heads up :thumbs:
    Poi E, Enviro and JonE like this.
  4. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Surely you just need a bit of software rather than their particular $179 headphones though?
  5. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Yeah, smartphones do it, now.
  6. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

  7. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Not got one, but Google it. My Samsung Galaxy S6 does this; I think the feature is called 'Adapt Sound'.
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  8. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Thats great, I didn't know that was a built in feature. I just set it up on my new headphones and it sounds 10 times better already. I really are quite deaf. Thanks :):thumbs:
    Enviro likes this.
  9. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    I used to be. Spent some serious money over the years on amps and speakers, turntables, tuners and equalisers. Those were the days when we had a hi fi in the living room.

    Now I listen in the computer room, on a pair of Altec Lansing PC speakers. The sound is perfectly acceptable.
  10. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    Ah! It's not de-oxygenated copper though, is it. :D Even in the days when I bought decent hi fi, I did not buy those hideously expensive connectors.
  11. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    Apart from anything else, some mP3 players won't play flac. I have to transcode flac to MP3.
  12. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    "I bet he's gone balls deep in a few port holes and spaffed on some subwoofers in his time"

    :D :D :D :D :D
  13. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    I get that.

    was lucky to grow up in a flat where my dad had invested in a half decent arcam separates system with a rega deck.

    add to that his 60s/70s vinyl collection and it really was a great experience.

    now, just like you, pretty much every thing I listen to is pipped down the interweb, prob terrible quality. I do have a soundcard and some half decent monitors but nowhere near a decent set-up.

    I guess apart from the money side of it, time is also a factor, to appreciate it, you need to make time to sit down and listen properly to get the best out of it, now it is just the musical version of fast food.
  14. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    That's true, I generally have music playing in the background as I potter about on the PC.

    I'm a poor sleeper, in terms of finding it difficult to get off to sleep. I use an Mp3 player, usually with an audio book playing, but, if I'm in bed early, I'll listen to some music first. With Mp3 players, good headphones make the difference. I use these, they are superb.

    Atomic Floyd - The New State of Sound (I didn't pay as much as that for them.)
  15. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  16. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

  17. hiccup

    hiccup King of the Vagabonds

    Chemical needs, keybored and BigTom like this.
  18. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Convincing yourself you've not just wasted a grand, by lying you yourself about what you can hear, is perfectly well understood scientifically!
    Chemical needs likes this.
  19. hiccup

    hiccup King of the Vagabonds

    $1799 for the Anniversary Edition HI-POWER Premium Plus version.
  20. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but it's worth the extra 400 for the quiet fan (see model comparison chart).
  21. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    "Jack Bybee is a physicist whose work in Quantum Physics led to the development of the Quantum Purifiers for certain military applications, some of which are still classified. Until five years ago, Jack offered versions of these filters to audio and video enthusiasts keen to improve the level of signal purity in their home systems."

    Sadly, his website is down.

    Perhaps the cables broke.
  22. Nylock

    Nylock I hate 'these days'...

    From the FAQ:
  23. Poi E

    Poi E shameless

    Good sounds are cheap now DSP can solve all sorts of acoustic and electronic ills.
  24. alan_

    alan_ Well-Known Member

    Have you had any experience programming DSP?
  25. BassJunkie

    BassJunkie Drone not drones

    But, if it sounds better to you, because you spent a grand on it, isn't that the point? There isn't a objective point, it's all subjective, and if one thinks it sounds better, then it literally does, to the person in question.

    I've often thought the same is true for wine, it's well established that if someone spends £20 on a bottle of wine it'll taste better to them than a cheaper bottle. Irrespective of what's in the bottle. If they taste the same wine in a double blind test they probably won't be able to tell the difference between that and a £4 bottle of wine. In effect, they've spent money on the experience, which is 'real' to them.

    It's hard though to make the most of this, as I can't spend £5 on a bottle of wine and imagine I've spent £20 on it. And I'm not going to spend £20 on a bottle of wine.
    Totoro303 and Enviro like this.
  26. Nylock

    Nylock I hate 'these days'...

    Point is objecting to people presenting subjective opinion as scientific fact backed up by pseudoscientific woo in order to fleece the credulous.
    paolo and existentialist like this.
  27. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  28. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

    They made a typo with the brand name on the jazz one.
    pesh, existentialist, badseed and 5 others like this.
  29. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

  30. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    I spent almost all of last night reading a monster 100 page discussion / analysis of one his products.

    It was car-crash forum reading. Once I started looking, I just couldn't stop.

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