I enjoy music through a Sony and JVC boombox.There is more of an emersive factor to the other systems,but you can't take them with you.It's the soundtrack to your life.
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Please please do not mention the 'accuracy', you may get MrT adding his pure unadulterated wrist slitting induced, mind numbing drivel to this thread, all in a philosophical way though.
I love the music on whatever I am listening on at the time, car stereo, boom box, headphone set whilst walking the dogs etc. I love music, pure and simple. I will only give up music when I am either being cremated or being lowered into the ground.
this is my very last statement on the subject:
all stereo systems are inaccurate, period, since all components are inaccurate.
the music is more important to feeling happy when listening than sound quality. you can connect with a walkman or a $100,000 stereo. while they don't sound the same, the emotions and joy from listening to the music can be the same, if you are open minded.
there is sometimes a tendency to confuse music appreciation with sound appreciation. listen to an 78 rpm of enrico caruso. i hope you will enjoy it even though the sound quality may be less than ideal.
I have a backup el cheapo consisting of quality components from thrift shops, and a few decent priced pieces from ebay. Most all vintage stuff though. If I can find an original Nakamichi MB cd player I'll be all set. I'll probably set it up in the bedroom, so any ladies out there come on by and check it out. wink wink
I can still remember camping out in the woods in upstate NY by a beautiful waterfall with some high school buddies in the late 1970's and I brought my super cheapo General Electric portable cassette player, made around the year 1971, and we played some tapes of the old Genesis and I can't remember what else but I remember enjoying that music in that environment at that time as much as my tweaked out system(s) today
Ive found out just what Ill do if my main rig went away Id adjust. Some way or tother. Id slide into something far less expensive too, Im pretty sure.
Im not entirely sure it is because I love music though. It probably is however. I know this because during the Sweet jumpijn Jellyfish!, past year, Ive been making a lot of changes around here and my main deal has been all but shelved. Just sitting there covered up with towels. Since Feb. 08 it might have been played 30 hours. Maybe.
I kept getting more and more despondent & disinterested in music by and large. But I never put it together. My ongoing disinterest in music, and the absence of fine sounding tunes being played regularly..
Yesterday I decided to disconnect the main speakers from the HT deal and just use the tubes at last, primarily because I wanted to see how the new NAS drive + PC as source would do with better gear running the show.
After working out some network sharing bugs . It was such a major improvement I was stupefied by how long it had been since I had sat down to listen without listening in a critical way. Actually I was mystified by why I had gone so long without firing up my first string players!
Not only had I forgotten how much better the sound was that routinely had been my near only venue for music I was remarkably and pleasantly mesmerized by the sheer degree of improvement that came by way of purely HDD PC+ DAC sounds. Not to mention the convenient variety of music just a click away now.
and it was great fun too.
I had simply gotten used to watching TV & movies via the HT sys, and listening to tunes only sporadically thru it these past months.
The diffs were so astounding, it still amazes me how when my focus to other areas became entrenched, that I lost track of the feeling which came from hearing music in a pretty good system so often . And then to just quit doing it altogether! Wow.
Maybe I had even gone to the point of taking that rig for granted, and quit appreciating its capabilities, performance level and its impact on myself.
Wow. How I managed that I have no clue.
Play your rig often if you dont, you might forget just how good it really is and what it means to you in other areas, and try not to take it for granted.
. OR shelve it for six or eight months and then get amazed all over again.
I would go with a headphones. You can get a pretty decent headphone setup for $500. I didn't say good but, descent.
I spent somewhere between $500 and $1k on my headphone setup when the main rig had to go because of the arrival of twin boys.
I like to listen to music but, enjoy it more when the system is more revealing.
Yes. Probably only 33% of my listening is via the high end stuff. But when I do I listen to the big bucks system I seem to listen more and multi-task not at all. As long as I have control over the content I can listen on less revealing systems like the $139 Aiwa 3 disc changer beside the computer that I'm typing on now. Actually I'm considering replacing it with c-j and small Thiels soon...
If I lost my current system and couldn't replace it with something similar, I think I'd get a nice cassette player. Hey, you can get used cassettes for a buck or two, sometimes less.
I would leave the planned obsolescence of formats behind forever and not really care.
I've always enjoyed music, even before I had the "good" stuff. 8^)
I'm an audiophile. I live for the listening session, good or bad. I bought an Acura TL solely for the stereo system. I sometimes think I want a second system of old 70's vintage crappy sounding equipment so I can reminisce what my system sounded like back when I spent all my money on weed...
My audio-cohort and I drove to Vegas for CES in said Acura listening to DVD audio and redbook, got to Vegas and blitzed both CES and HES even though I'm not in the industry (I had cards printed up two years ago). At one point I was having a critical listen in an elevator with a total stranger over Muzak.
I love motorcycles, too. My wife made me sell my R1 a year ago. I would buy a "beater" in a heartbeat if she'd let me, I'm jonesing so much for riding.
Does that answer your question?
As crazy as things are right now with a new house and getting back in to life back home after being in Iraq, finding time to sit and enjoy music from the "system" is few and far between. A radio that most would throw away (tooth-pick holds the volume knob so both speakers will work sometimes) sits in the garage and plays my favorite tunes. $500? Yeah I could do that, but it sure is fun not having to.
If we improve the buget to $1500 for the crap gear, I could do it. In my car (Toyota Camry) I listen to music for hours and the sonics bear no ill influence. Full enjoyment. If I could only rig up a system at least that good it would be easy to concentrate on the music, but I would frequently long for another $2000 (minimum) to help out a little.