No,I listen to music I like.
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The equipment has not changed my tastes.
Things that did:
Ken Burn's series: Jazz, Watching it utterly revolutionized my understanding of Jazz. Prior to seeing it, my understanding was near zero, All i thought was what is this? noodling?, after i understood in a tiny degree what the musicians were doing, and was amazed and delighted. Now i have to say i love Jazz.
Another golden insight into music is the "All Music Guide" books. Using the guide to Rock has allowed me to find cheap new music (pre internet) on used Cds and check them out. I still take the book along whenever i go rummaging for used CDs. (ditto the All Music Guide to Jazz)
For Classical, (my first love), i am afraid i have not found any sources that really are useful. The best of the bunch was "American Record Guide" magazine would have 'overviews' of composers and the recordings, (one per issue) in which they compare recording of works. Other than that i have yet to find a useful thing to assist in choosing good Classical works. (i do not put much faith in reviews that just say this is good..etc. When so very many recording have been made already of every work.. to sort them out is just too difficult, So my Classical collection is basically stagnant, i might buy an item because it is of my favs, but that is it.
The internet has improved the ability to find what i seek by a huge measure. Though i usually just search locally through the used stuuf. But for things i have been searching for and cannot find used locally the internet is wonderful. Perhaps a few percent of my purchases, for hard to find stuff, come from internet sources
The better my equipment got the better the recordings I was looking for to justify my systems ability.
By doing so, I've matured in my musical palate.
I still listen to Rock, but I'm more selective in the recording quality of the music.
Started out with smooth jazz and then started trying more improvisational jazz. I've also got some classical and blues. I little bit of everything.
Had my system not been as revealing as it is, I may not have tryed all the other genre's and would have missed out on some beautiful music.
In general no. But, I do listen to something different once in a while that they did a great job recording it, capturing it the way I'd like to see my preferred music recorded. Some jazz will sound good on a mid-fi system because of the way they captured it. I'm guessing less mikes and gear needed/used in comparison to classical is part of the reason. Some of the older rock music sounds like they had the mikes mounted right up against the instruments, with the VU meters banging at the top of the red scale.
music and sound are different phenomena. what determines preference for specific music is independent for what type of "sound" one likes.
thus , my musical tastes have changed very little since i was in high school. I have always liked jazz and classical, but occasionally listen to "new age", especially electronic-based music and some blues and bluegrass. my expension into other musical genres had nothing to do with sound quality.
One thing i can still enjoy a crummy recording of a great performance.
I especially love the old Jazz on Properbox sets. They are mostly 78 transcriptions put on Cd for an artists work, some monaural LPs.. usually from the 30's to the 50's, four discs 70+ minutes each. Fantastic value for the $16 bucks most of the sets cost.
I own over FORTY of the Properbox Jazz box set titles.
Most have decent sound, considering they come from 78s.
When a recording has a fabulous sound besides a good performance, that is nice. But a poor recording of a great performance does not bother me in the least, if that is all there is.
In my first effort, I went with gobs of detail and resolution. To the exclusion by oversight, of the musical spirit itself. With that outfit, only a scarce few recordings sounded appealing, or engrossing.
I sold it all offf after stumbling onto this site years ago.
The next few rigs were aimed exactly the other way towards euphonia and romantic & melodic. Screw resolution & details. Id had enough!
Finally with my current rig, I have both ends of the wand. Sufficient resolution and detials. Ambient cues, and hall info . Wen present. As well as, a very musical system.
Most all of my collection is listenable with my main system. Naturally those recordings that are outstanding do indeed sound as such. Those of lesser merit sound as indicated . So the best are enabled to excell, those lesser students remain lesser, but allowed to perform too.
Having such a mix is in fact my aim. I refuse to own a rig that disallows poorer content and reduces my library to mere handfuls of listenable albums. Im quite pleased with what IM GETTING CONSEQUENTLY ILL KEEP DOING WHAT IM DOING
Sooooo in all, experiences with hardware synergy and a desire to adjust my outfit to a more benevolent one keeps me in the loop of musical enjoyment and not scrambling only for those better recordings, I might or might not care for the genre anyhow.
A single caveat here . Quite old, mono, or just flat out not good cuts are easier to take on a lesser revealing system. Duh! So I have that too at my disposal. The curious thing is I seem to be cured from the audio nervosa syndrome as I listen immensely more to my lesser quality systems. Firing up my main one only a day or two out of the month, normally.
Investigating new genres, and their musical heroes therefore is now more stimulating than ever. I'm adding classical for the first time.... world and Latin... even some pop gets in the mix here and there. big bands. Big Band jazz. A variety of colorful newly found products contine to appeal now, where they had not previously.
Oddly enough, I'd never have figured I'd be running a fully file oriented playback system either.
No. The types of music that resonate with me, have not changed. I listen to music on a Logitech Boom while working, and enjoy doing so. When I play music on my stereo, I would describe it more as being engulfed by and feeling the music.....rather than listening to it. But the music remains the same.
interesting question!! I also have pretty eclectic tastes in music, but have found over the years that I just love listening to most kinds of jazz (except big band & latin) on my system; conversely, my enjoyment of big classical symphonies (Sibelus is my favorite) has waned a bit -- I suspect that my system just works better with more intimate presentations...
Tmsorosk, your transition makes sense to me.As you`ve improved the quality of your system you`re hearing what a recording really has to offer. Jazz is beautiful, played by extremely gifted musicians who can convey astonishing emotion thru their instruments and voices. Fortunately most jazz is well recorded(just a few are`nt) and most sound engineers seem to leave well enough alone(unlike the manipulation with much pop and rock). A good system allows you to appreciate the sheer beauty of this acoustic(usally unamplified) music. I`m glad you found jazz music, it`s great stuff. Another good thing is ther`s so much recorded jazz available you can continue to collect and build quite a large personal library.
Like several of you, having a revealing system hasn't expanded my taste into new genres as much as it has expanded the number of performers I listen to and appreciate.
What I've noticed is that I can now hear much more clearly what the musician intended, especially when there is substantial subtlety and innovation going on. That broadens the genre, highlighting the best in it.
That has made me learn to love a lot of performers I didn't 'get' before I could really hear what they were up to and distinguish them from less interesting performers in the same genre.
Timrhu... I was hoping the age thing would be overlooked . Just as I have mellowed so has the music . But it's become more important and reveals more than just notes and cords . Are old favorites still sound great , Just as you still enjoy Jethro Tull , I have rediscovered Dire Strait's , particularly On Every Street and Brothers In Arms . What can we expect next ?
I have a few audiofool buddies and we frequent each others' homes (IE stereos!) and in doing so I have listened to a lot of music new to me, as well as styles I had not really payed much attention to before. So my palette has grown as a result of the hobby, but not necessarily because of the quality of my rig.
I agree that it has changed my tastes. When i started this hobby thirity some years ago,it was all rock...but as the years went by,the equiptment got much better,Classical and Jazz took over as my main type of music. But i think its important to say, i think more than the equiptment,it was the quality of the recordings that helped most to change my tastes..as most rock recordings are not of the high end quality of Jazz and Classical.
I don't see the point of a stereo dictating the music people listen to. I'd love to fill my hard drive and LP rack with 'audiophile recordings.' Too bad I can't stand 99% of the titles. When my stereo dictates what I listen to, I'll sell it off and bring in a ghetto-blaster.
I genuinely intend no offense to others who don't share my views. Everyone likes what they like, and shouldn't feel the need to justify why they like what they like or do what they do.
Many people on this thread make very valid points. My tastes have definitely broadened. As a younger man, I listened to, like the majority of us...... Rock. The older I got, I ventured into blues, and some jazz, now in my fifties, classical has taken a front row seat in music collection. As my equipment got better, my appreciation for different music seemed to diversify. Quite a strange occurrence, considering a few short years ago, I had zero desire to listen to classical music, let alone own approx. 100 albums today. That is not to say that the rest of my collection is now collecting dust. Dire straits, Led Zeppelin, Keb Mo, and Eric Bibb, and a host of other artists are still very regular performers in my little music room oasis. All I'm saying is it's not a bad thing to change and add to your spice of music!
"I don't see the point of a stereo dictating the music people listen to. I'd love to fill my hard drive and LP rack with 'audiophile recordings.' Too bad I can't stand 99% of the titles. When my stereo dictates what I listen to, I'll sell it off and bring in a ghetto-blaster."
kbark - you assume the people whose tastes have changed can't stand the music they listen to on their systems. I don't believe that's the case.
I would say that overall no, my musical tastes haven't really changed, expanded maybe as I always loved rock, jazz and classical of all types, just being brought up around music I suppose had something to do with those tastes. Interestingly enough as Elizabeth notes what has expanded my interest in jazz in particular was that series by Ken Burns. It did indeed deepen my appreciation for its development over the last century. When I visited Brazil for the first time in 1988 I really fell in love with the music of that country, really blows me away, great stuff!
My venture into the high end came about quite accidently as I was looking for a a better system than I currently had so classical would sound more natural. When I discovered all these companies I never heard of before, Audio Research, Conrad Johnson, Threshold, Vandersteen, Martin Logan, Magnapan etc. a whole new world opened up to the possibilities. So what really happened is my musical tastes lead me into better audio, "high end".