Before today, I thought audio was just audio. Who cares. You listen and that's it. Well, my mind was blown today.
Went to London Audio (a local high end audio store in my city) to pick up some adapters for a cable. I was there yesterday and these funky looking speakers next to the register area caught my eye.
Well, today I had to go back and decided to ask if I could have a listen. The guy said sure and put some Elvis on. Now, I'm not a big fan of Elvis, don't get me wrong I'm sure I'd like the dude (the song he played I liked) but I'm not big on him. But wow... The audio quality just literally brought tears to my eyes... His voice RADIATED into your ears yet EVERYTHING else playing behind him could be heard crystal clear.
Anyways, since I'm into rap, hip hop, techno, etc. I like a little bass. I asked him if he could put something with more bass in and he said sure. He goes to the back and gets a Kanye West CD and plays the song "Amazing". The bass was so nice. Not too loud like BOOM BOOM but a nice thud so you knew it was there. Yet while he's rapping and the bass is going you hear the piano playing clear as day as if it were sitting right in front of you being played by a professional pianist. Even more tears flooded my eyes!
This opened my eyes. Audio isn't all the same. There is crap and there is absolute gold...
I was curious as to the cost though. Something that sounded so tremendous couldn't come cheap. Well, I was right... He said $16,000. Then there was another model above it priced at $28,000. And another above that which would cost you $60,000. $60,000 for TWO speakers. The only thing I could muster up to say was "Wow. Why buy a new Mercedes when you could buy two speakers, right?" lol made him laugh!
Before leaving he said "if you're ever around and wanna bring in a CD of your own to see what your personal music collection would sound like coming through these then you're more then welcome to!" the guy was so laid back and nice. Must've owned the place. They pretty much earned all my audio business for life now.
Anyways, thought I'd share and say that everyone here as earned my respect and hopefully I'll be where you guys are at in terms of audio quality!
P.S. I'm still shaking my head at the fact I listened to music coming through $16,000 speakers... Lol