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What made you become an audiophile???

Yes what made you become an audiophile??

(A person with an interest in high fidelity sound reproduction and its associated technology.)

 

For me.something was definitely triggered in my art classes in the late 70's.when out of sheer boredom I started reading the readers problem pages of 1970's audiophile magazines-

I thought 'who are these people-they seem so much wiser and all knowing than me-and the recordings they mentioned as reference tracks-thelonious monk-mahler-charlie parker-who were these people,I thought....

 

I decided I had to find out more about this strange esoteric world-my hi-fi journey had begun! Smile

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Heres the answer to your question, but backwards...

I used to consider myself an audiofile, but I got better!

The first step was selling my turntable (project rpm 9, goldring elite, phonobox se). Then it was streaming substandard audio files. The final step was deciding home cinema was more important to me than perfect quality music.

I enjoy music more now than I used to, as alot of the music I listen to doesn't lend it self to well to audiofile grade stuff anyway.

I'm not saying I don't care about sound quality now (and I'm definately not saying anyone on here is wrong to have better systems than me!) , but everyone needs to find the 'line' at which spending more money on their rig stops making them happy. I've found a happy compromise I believe.

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In my case, I think the foundation was laid by a sort of "osmosis", towards the end of the 1950s.

I blame those 78s that were played on my fathers system (Garrard TT; Armstrong A10 Mk2 Amp and Leak Troughline 11 Tuner), while I was still a "bump". My Mother was also a trained singer, which probably added to the mix.

This seed lay dormant and was resurrected in the mid 70s, when a friend (ever so kindly J)) , introduced me to his new purchase - Goldring TT + Teleton GA203 amp + Videotone Minimax speakers.

That launched me on a journey that has lasted, on and off, for 35 years.

Just when I thought I'd been cured of my affliction, AV sprang up and gave me a whole new area to obsess about... and now there's blo*dy streaming Sad

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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I'm not sure I am one.

The music is my main interest – all else is a means to an end, albeit an ever-fascinating means.

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Andrew Everard wrote:

I'm not sure I am one.

The music is my main interest – all else is a means to an end, albeit an ever-fascinating means.

Maybe you're in the wrong job Wink

....but of course you are right. Having been to many concerts (classical and otherwise), the realistic replication of live music is the problem and leaves most kit wanting - hence the search. It's a means to an end and the joy of the chase.

Just as well, as demand for advice would be small.

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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Grandmother's B&O. I allready loved the music, finding it sounded better on some systems that others made me an audiophile.

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could not be further from that.

 

interested in the music. not the technology.

 

keep hearing people say they cant listen to their set up for long without finding it painful or some such. they then try and hide more of the music so that they can "enjoy" listening again.

 

Sounds like a bunch of Bats to me.

 

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nads wrote:

could not be further from that.

 

interested in the music. not the technology.

 

keep hearing people say they cant listen to their set up for long without finding it painful or some such. they then try and hide more of the music so that they can "enjoy" listening again.

 

Sounds like a bunch of Bats to me.

 

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You are spot on, but the technology produces the music, so a lack of understanding on this front, leads to the pain.....which brings you full circle back to WHF and this forum. :~

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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CnoEvil, You are right!

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Listening to my dad's system, which was a Sansui AU101 amplifier, Technics RS273USD flat bed cassette deck, a big old analogue JVC tuner which I forget the number of, a Pioneer PL12D turntable, and some Jim Rogers JR149 loudspeakers.

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

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Well I also blame my parents, at the age of 16 I was going to get a all in one midi system but instead my parents took me to Richer Sounds and got CD/Amp/Speakers and after that I was hooked. 6 months after that I was buying What Hi Fi every week. It was over a year before I upgraded but after that I have not stopped until now.

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I heard Supertramp - Crime Of The Century Lp on a brand new ITT Stereo back in 1974 and was blown away by the quality a few years later going to Laskys in Kings Norton,Birmingham early 80s  JVC turntable ,JVC Amp , Wharfedale Lazer 110 (i think) speakers I thought it was the bees knees !

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mannaudioltd,

Can you add a signature to make your trade status clear, as required by House Rules?

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idc wrote:

I allready loved the music, finding it sounded better on some systems that others made me an audiophile.

+1

 

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It's always been about the music for me.  The equipment is just a means to an end.  I'm not sure whether that makes me an audiophile?

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FirstAid wrote:
CnoEvil, You are right!

I know. Fool

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