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That moment when you get headphones that can really demonstrate the difference between 128Kbps, 320Kbps and FLAC. It's a wonderful thing.

This +100... though Im no audiophile so I have no idea what FLAC is tongue.gif

FLAC is a compression codec kind of like MP3. Except FLAC is lossless, whereas MP3 is lossy.

Basically, with FLAC you can get CD sound without sacrificing all of the disk space.
    
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FLAC is a compression codec kind of like MP3. Except FLAC is lossless, whereas MP3 is lossy.
Basically, with FLAC you can get CD sound without sacrificing all of the disk space.

Damn, I'll have to start downloading my music in FLAC then!

Also, any starter headphones you guys would recommend for me to really experience some good audio? I have Audio Techinica ATH-AD700's? I believe. I thought they sounded pretty good. I'll have to test them using a song in FLAC format then switch to MP3 to test!

Pretty sure this experience was my "break through" moment for becoming an audiophile haha
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First, mods, I'm asking you to please NOT move this thread to off-topic as it is a little on, yet still off, topic lol thank you!
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

I have heard speakers so good that I just stare at them, mesmerized. It's like you can "see" the music. You can "see" the sound stage... that's how accurate they are. I just spend about 3 hours meticulously mounting my satellites at the right height and placement and you would be surprised how perfect placement can enhance even mediocre speakers. The tweeters have to be exactly ear level......both speakers have to be the same distance to create an equilateral triangle...the receiver has to be calibrated, ect. It's nerve racking but worth it. not to mention those listening rooms are as close to anechoic chambers as you can get without feeling like you're in a padded cell.
Edited by aweir - 8/17/12 at 10:43pm
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Damn, I'll have to start downloading my music in FLAC then!
Also, any starter headphones you guys would recommend for me to really experience some good audio? I have Audio Techinica ATH-AD700's? I believe. I thought they sounded pretty good. I'll have to test them using a song in FLAC format then switch to MP3 to test!
Pretty sure this experience was my "break through" moment for becoming an audiophile haha

You said you like hiphop and techno type music right? These are gonna be kinda pricey but they are the cheapest I would consider entry level audiophile headphones for that type of music. http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AHD2000-Performance-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B000MVEC0Q These are what I'm currently using and couldn't be happier.(Upgraded from ATH A700's.) What do you have driving your headphones on your computer? A sound card or onboard audio? Because that will make a big difference with higher end headphones. I personally have a http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-E10-USB-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345357022&sr=1-1&keywords=e10 and it's considered by many to be the best bang for your buck sub $100 DAC/AMP.
Edited by scyy - 8/18/12 at 11:19pm
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I love my sansui au-8500 + advent new loud speakers. Great audio equipment is priceless
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I have heard speakers so good that I just stare at them, mesmerized. It's like you can "see" the music. You can "see" the sound stage... that's how accurate they are. I just spend about 3 hours meticulously mounting my satellites at the right height and placement and you would be surprised how perfect placement can enhance even mediocre speakers. The tweeters have to be exactly ear level......both speakers have to be the same distance to create an equilateral triangle...the receiver has to be calibrated, ect. It's nerve racking but worth it. not to mention those listening rooms are as close to anechoic chambers as you can get without feeling like you're in a padded cell.

That's what I was like. Mesmerised and I felt I could actually see, taste, smell, and feel the music hitting me. I know right placement can make speakers sound way better but these speakers were in an open room. If it were in a listening room like the home theatre room that was behind it I couldn't imagine the quality in there O_o
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You said you like hiphop and techno type music right? These are gonna be kinda pricey but they are the cheapest I would consider entry level audiophile headphones for that type of music. http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AHD2000-Performance-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B000MVEC0Q These are what I'm currently using and couldn't be happier.(Upgraded from ATH A700's.) What do you have driving your headphones on your computer? A sound card or onboard audio? Because that will make a big difference with higher end headphones. I personally have a http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-E10-USB-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345357022&sr=1-1&keywords=e10 and it's considered by many to be the best bang for your buck sub $100 DAC/AMP.

I did indeed say that. I'll have to save my pennies for those! And unfortunately right now I do only have on board for my laptop. My Dad has a nice amp up stairs I could plug them into though biggrin.gif also, I'm gonna send you a PM and hope that you reply. It's regarding an AMP I'm gonna need. I have no idea what to buy since I'm an audio noob lol hope you reply!
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