If you have dipped your toe into the world of HiFi audio, you might have realized that achieving superior sound comes at a price. While having a high-end setup is optimal for achieving the best sound, many people often overlook the fact that these high-end setups have thought and technicalities that go beyond the characteristics of the equipment itself.
Does it really matter that an exciting driving experience is easier to achieve with a Tesla than with a ‘68 Mustang you painstakingly restored yourself? It’s still just that – an exciting driving experience. Tesla man and Camaro man are made of the same stuff.
So, too, are the millennial graduate student with a hard drive of FLAC files and the baby boomer with a stack of separates.
They’re not totally the same, but they are the same where it counts. Neither way is right or wrong, and neither audiophile is more real than the other. Times, they are a-changin’.
Just as the nascent coffee aficionado suddenly has a hard time settling for powdered creamer, you’re ready to move beyond consumer-grade audio formats and equipment. You know there’s a deeper listening experience out there, and you’re embarking upon a lifelong journey to discover and appreciate it. It’s time to train your ears – and your brain – to hear new sounds in your favorite recordings.
But where do you begin?
What are you trying to achieve when you tap “play” on your tablet or place the stylus on a cherished record? For audio enthusiasts, the answer is simple. They’re trying to recreate the musical performance of their favorite artists. It’s not just about hearing a recording – it’s about experiencing true-to-life sound.
Recently, my fascination with home theater and streaming Hi-Res music had put my analog hobby on the back burner. Everything has its time and place, so a few months ago, I was walking past a used record store in Asheville, NC and it drew me in. As you probably know, it’s next to impossible to walk out of one empty-handed! I decided it was time to dive back into the analog waters again.