Any enthusiastic audiophiles here? :D (in Off-topic)

Lumpy Koala April 9 2006 12:34 PM EDT

Well just want to know what's up to all audiophile from the other side of the world !

Well to those who knows me ( very few left now ) , I am from Asia, and it's a bit sad to say, over here due to piracy and everything else. It's hard to find many good albums.

Thoughout the years I had been saving up to get a decent audio system lol starting from headphone. And I have finally got myself a Philips SHP895 + Sijosae class AB headamp. Enjoying every bits of it hehe.

So any others to share their experience?

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 9 2006 12:36 PM EDT

I listen to a huge collection of albums on old salvation army score panasonic cheap studio head phones are dead *sniff*.

AdminShade April 9 2006 3:54 PM EDT

I am from Europe and am a semi audiophile, along with 4 great friends.

I myself have an AKG headphone and my friends have Sennheiser headphones.

we are very content with the quality of sound we have.

I don't know the stats of the combination you have so I cannot make a judgement on it.

bartjan April 9 2006 4:01 PM EDT

Sennheiser HD-270, decent JBL speakers. Plus plans to build/design some speakers myself, probably starting with a subwoofer first.

QBsutekh137 April 9 2006 6:46 PM EDT

I am getting great dynamic response from my styrofoam cup and cellophane membrane speaker setup. I tape all of my music off the radio (by holding the tape recorder up to the monaural AM radio speaker), so as you can imagine, sound fidelity is excellent.

I have found that just turning it up a couple notches makes any sound system good. On most of my music collection, I can even make out the lyrics! Hopefully with tax refund money I will be able to buy a sweet GPX tape walk-man (with radio? *fingers crossed*), and then I will save my pennies to buy some decent records like some Danny Kaye or Ray Coniff.

Lumpy Koala April 9 2006 8:19 PM EDT

Very funny Sut :P

Anyway, anyone of you heard of Chesky Records - Ultimate Demonstration Disc ? Wanna buy one, but cost a bomb here.

And shade, what's the model you guys have? Sennheiser 650 also cost a big bomb lol almost 1/3 of my salary

QBsutekh137 April 9 2006 8:41 PM EDT


On a more serious note, I would not call myself very top-end, except in the digital/convenience area. I have been all MP3 for probably 6-7 years now, with my iPod/iMac being th emain units at home and in car. My components are middle-of-the-road JVC with cheap-o Sony speakers and a Yamaha forward-throw subwoofer.

I really do believe in the fact that a slight increase in volume can make nearly any system sound better. I used to obsess more about quality until I realized I couldn't tell the difference. *smile*

Finally, I don't really do the headphone thing. I listen to music mainly in my car, at home in front of the Mac or at large in the house (have an FM transmitter that can pipe music throughout). I always say I am going to get a ncie set of headphones but then realize I wouldn't use them enough to justify the cost...

AdminShade April 10 2006 12:59 AM EDT

Will ask them.

Xiaz on Hiatus April 10 2006 5:03 AM EDT

My thought is, doesn't matter how good your speaker/headphone layout is. If the music is bad, no piece of hardware could make it sound good. :)

iRiver player, with stock headphones, I have a habit of breaking my headphones, sony, phillips, sennheiser, all broken :(

I guess because I'm always on the move, sound quality doesn't really borther me. Just turn it up a few notches and it sounds good to me. :)

QBJohnnywas April 10 2006 5:22 AM EDT

I've listened to so much music on so many systems, cheap and expensive; worked in recording studios for years as well. If the source material - ie your cd/vinyl isn't recorded well in the first place then it makes absolutely no difference to quality of sound.

A more powerful amplifier - and speakers that can handle the power - makes a difference at higher volumes - but only to stop the sound distorting.

And headphone listening is not a good idea - do too much of that and you damage your ear drums. And then all that money you spent on expensive gear will be wasted lol!

QBJohnnywas April 10 2006 5:25 AM EDT

Oh. I think I just turned into my father with that comment about eardrums. Urk.

Lumpy Koala April 10 2006 10:59 AM EDT

hehe headphone is just my first setup, coz low on budget, and it's really a lot cheaper to do that. I just got the headphone for RM180 (less than $60 USD) and the amp I built it myself, it helps to drive the headphone quite a bit though, because my X-Fi card just has a very sucking built in opamp.

Headphone are great, especially with the noise cancelation, just need to be careful. Don't get too engrossed until wearing it for more than 2 hours per session. And not in high volume please. Appreciating a good music piece at high volume is just not a wise thing to do hehe you need to listen it at a comfortable volume and that's why a good system is always different from a system that just jacks the volume up :P

I also have an iRiver T10, it works so much better with my headamp + headphone LOL Source is important , but a good DAC with good amp is also important. You just can't expect mp3 at 64kbps to sound the same as 320kbps. And you can't expect a stock earphone to perform the same compared to a Sennheiser HD650

AdminShade April 10 2006 11:56 AM EDT


"And headphone listening is not a good idea - do too much of that and you damage your ear drums."

not if you keep your volume low enough to not damage your ear drums. In which case the sound still sounds nice also. :)

Xiaz on Hiatus April 10 2006 5:07 PM EDT

Pardon? I'm a little hard of earing. :P

Lumpy Koala April 11 2006 4:21 AM EDT

well guess not many high end enthusiast here :P
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