Audiophiles

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Jul 13, 2010

Audiophiles by Dangy at 5:00 PM (2,698 Views / 0 Likes) 35 replies

  1. Dangy
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    Any here? Once I truly heard some hi-fidelity headphones, I was obsessed with getting the best quality music I could.
     


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    Once I truly heard some high-fidelity headphones, I was convinced that audiophiles were full of shit.
     
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    Dunno what audiophile means but my headphones are cheap ones I picked up from a 99p store. They work fine so I see no real reason to pay anything extra. They sometimes seem to emphasize odd parts of songs so some of my MP3's have a different feel when I listen via headphones, but that's actually kinda cool.
     
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    Basically, a person who is obsessed with getting the highest quality sound.
     
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    I use FLAC. I'm not an audiophile though.
     
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    I'm no Audiophile but I refuse to use anything other than apple earphones.
     
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    Meh. Maybe one day when I hit the jackpot I'll worry about sound quality. Right now I'm worried more about the state of my wallet (containing mostly air) and being able to drown out my old man's snoring. Seriously, it's like a fucking buzzsaw up a warthog's arse. Without my headphones and the myriad of MP3's on my Cyclo, I'd be up a certain creek without a certain implement.

    Wouldn't mind getting a better set of headphones though. These ones hurt my head after a while.
     
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    You serious? You should try the brand Sennheiser.
    It's soooooo much better then gaypple earphones.
     
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    I'm perfectly happy with 320kbps MP3's. But I do prefer FLAC.
     
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    Being a audiophile kinda sucks. It's gotten to the point that even FLAC straight of a CD sounds flat to me. In the end I just wish everything was on vinyl. I miss being oblivious/ignorant to sound quality like a lot of my friends.
     
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    Not an audiophile, do prefer FLAC though
    But I've gotten to the point that my MP3 player is too full to put anymore flac on, I think I converted them to AAC at like 500 kbps?
     
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    Get some Sennheiser CX300 or Creative EP630s -- they're basically the same earphones, but the CX300 has an L-shaped plug and a J-shaped cord (the kind where one earphone has a longer cord than the other and you're supposed to drape it round the back of your neck) and the EP630 has a straight plug and a Y-shaped cord. They're good because they kind of wedge into your ears a bit more than regular earphones, which blocks out more outside sound and -- crucially -- means you don't have to have your music turned up as much, which should help with the head-hurting.

    They're cheap, too; you can pick up EP630s from Amazon for under nine quid (although make sure you're buying them from Amazon rather than a marketplace seller as there are a lot of fakes knocking about) and CX300s for about sixteen or so.

    As for audiophilia, a lot of it is just the good ol' placebo effect; tell someone that a £100 power cable (no, really) will give improved sound quality over a cheapo £2 one and once they've forked out the cash, they'll swear blind that their music sounds better than it used to.

    Personally, I'm more than happy with MP3s encoded with LAME VBR -V2; they sound fine to me through my computer speakers and my earphones. The only exception I make is burning certain styles of music to CD for the car; my setup ain't the best so I like to give it the best-quality input I can get to avoid the sound going completely to crap. So, when it comes to metal (or anything else with lots of crashy cymbals -- my ears can pick out swooshy compression artifacts a mile off) I try to get 320kbps rips or FLACs (although I do of course buy the CDs that I end up listening to a lot).
     
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    I listen to only lossless audio, and prefer 24bit 96kHz vinyl rips when available. I stopped listening to lossy files years ago when I realized I could hear the difference with double blind testing.
     
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    Those files are huge [​IMG]


    I am fine with MP3's of a decent bitrate from a proper rip and some decent headphones. I cannot tell the difference between FLAC and V0 or anything above 192kbps but that's only because I don't have some costly audio setup (I think). I do plan on stepping up to these though.
     
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    This.
    I do prefer 392kbs mp3 to 128kbs.
    But I dont hear the difference between flac and 392kbps mp3 on normal headphones.
     
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    Nvm. I'll just look it up like usual.
     
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    apple earphones?! BAHAHA. xD those are awful.
     
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    I'm not an audiophile and it definitely saves the wallet from death. [​IMG]
    I don't use stock earphones if you ask though.
     
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    do you mean 320? thats the highest it can go up to

    i prefer flac but i will settle for v0.
     

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