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Music Think I've been bitten by the audiophile bug

Discussion in 'General' started by meandmymouth, 10 Sep 2015.

  1. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    As if being a PC enthusiast wasn't enough!

    A little while ago I had a listen through some Beyerdynamic headphones, similar to the DT 990 Pro's but I can't actually remember which model, and it was a weird revelation. What a crisp and clear sound they produced! Since then it's been nagging me because I didn't have a pair of quality headphones and I didn't realise what I was missing out on.

    Until now...

    I couldn't help myself and I went and got the Audio Technica ATH-M50X. Everyone raves about them so I thought I'd give them a go. So far I'm not disappointed.

    However, now I find myself looking at DAC's...

    Help me! Before it's too late!
     
  2. walle

    walle Well-Known Member

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    Hey man, I don't wanna help enabling your abuse, stop the madness. :D

    Ninja edit.
    Sounds great (no pun) you're now on the path to burn a major whole in your wallet and your girlfriend or wife flog you with a spoon.
     
  3. BentAnat

    BentAnat Software Dev

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    Hahaha... Headphones are still one thing. Try great speakers (Studio Reference Monitors, for example... ), and realise that those quickly escalate into the 100s of GBP per speaker region. And room treatment, etc.
     
  4. walle

    walle Well-Known Member

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    I've spent some money on speakers and such but I haven't resorted to room treatment yet, I suppose I have my addiction under somewhat control. ;)
     
  5. flame696

    flame696 Terminating People Since 1980....

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    I gave on the PC scene and jumped on vintage audio, I have amps from the 1970s along with speakers and VINYL!!!! loving the vinyl!! Ive now got about 200 LPs.

    I also have the exact headphones that you have bought in black
     
  6. walle

    walle Well-Known Member

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    Vinyl is a great old school format I also love the warm sound you get, even from an average turntable like I have.

    200 Lps, that's a nice collection I only have a few myself.
     
  7. Yadda

    Yadda Well-Known Member

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    I'm still rocking an Arcam amp I bought in the 90's paired with a Arcam power amp I picked up some years later, currently bi-amped through a pair of Acoustic Energy floorstanders I bought about 10 years ago, along with some fancy-dan silver speaker cable (prior to this I had Mission 702e speakers and braided copper cables).

    The amps take a while to warm up (they're best left on) but once up to temp they "sing". I really like them.
     
  8. RinSewand

    RinSewand New Member

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    Ahh the wonderful world of wallet meltingly beautiful sound. I currently run a rather odd mix;

    Onkyo 509 coupled with a pair of Celestion A1 speakers for the tv/films
    Alchemist Kraken APD6A Mkii Integrated with a pair of Roth OLi 1's for the pc / music.

    I still need to pick up a turntable when I move house and have the space...
     
  9. Darkwisdom

    Darkwisdom Level 99 Retro Nerd

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    Ah, I've been thinking about this for a while too. I've got a pair of Razer Carcharias for my PC and a cheap pair of philips headphones for when I'm using my phone. When I got them like 2 years ago I thought they were amazing. How wrong I was. I went into a specialist music shop in Canterbury and tried out some of their headphones, Holy Horus the clarity.

    I'm trying to save the pennies to get a decent pair of audio-technica's now, it's like I've tasted the expensive wine and realised the cheap stuff tastes like swill.
     
  10. Behemoth

    Behemoth Timelord in training

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    I regret selling my Fiio E9 DAC 3 years ago. I looked to get another and they are worth double what I paid for it.

    However I still have my Sennheiser 568's love them to bits and would not part with them if you asked me to.
     
  11. walle

    walle Well-Known Member

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    Nice to see you're enjoying your system. Often times I see guys changing gear all the time never being happy with what they've got let alone able to enjoy their system. Can always be improved and all that.
     
  12. Yadda

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    I'm a marketing man's worst nightmare. Olden is golden. :)
     
  13. walle

    walle Well-Known Member

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    Many times old stuff will be better than new stuff and also built to last not to break.
     
  14. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    My Rotel RC971 Pre-amp & 2x RB971 Power amps from the mid 90s, still going strong.

    Upgraded my 20yr old Mission 733s to an equally old but in spanking nick pair of 753s

    Next purchase will be a REL sub!!
     
  15. Yadda

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    For sure, Arcam stuff (Made in Britain :D) was built to last. My Alphas (8r integrated amp bi-amped with a 8p power amp) are still regarded to be pretty good I think, at their price-point at least and there are still plenty around, even though they stopped making them in the late 1990's (or thereabouts). I'm happy with them anyway. :)
     
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  16. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Well-Known Member

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    You are all the worst! I wanted people to tell me that I'm nuts and that I should send the headphones back, but no, you tell me the opposite. Damn it!
     
  17. Pete J

    Pete J RIP Teelzebub

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    Good sound is like night and day, isn't it!

    I have a QPAD QH-1339 set, which themselves are re-branded Beyerdynamic MMX 300s. Absolutely brilliant.

    But why stop there? I often watch stuff on my mobile phone, so I treated myself to some Beyerdynamic MMX 101 iE ear buds (snatched them up at half price). Now I can have good audio wherever I am!

    I do remember visiting a friend a few years back who'd spent rather a serious amount on a speaker set up - it was stereo but each speaker cost ~£2000 and the amp was ~£1000. I actually had tears in my eyes because the sound was fantastic. He put on an orchestral piece and it sounded like we were in the concert hall.
     

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