It's refreshing and somewhat grounding to see that Nirvana, the cessation of suffering, has been attained. Of course, not all audiophiles suffer, and part of the fun of being an audiophile is being quasi-obsessed with achieving the hifi experience, but it is a good reminder, at least for me, that it's very subjective, and there is a freedom in letting it go and enjoying music regardless of the source.
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I agree with @edcyn . I can enjoy pop music in the car, but appreciating the subtleties of more complex music like jazz depends on good reproduction. I clearly recall that up until a little over a year ago, I loved listening to Stan Getz on my system and didn't think there was much to be desired in the way it was being reproduced. At that time, I had my DAC upgraded, and was amazed at the subtle but important shadings and details of phrasing that I had been missing that really contributed to my understanding of his playing. You can't get that from a Logitec.
Right now I'm streaming a selection of Stravinsky's orchestral music via Idagio. Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Philharmonic from the Chandos label. Yeah, just CD quality but the sound is glorious. Sweet as the proverbial nut. Image is precise yet expansive.The performance is inspired. I'm probably averaging about 75dB at the most. Seventh heaven, thanks in large part to my well-sorted, moderately priced stereo gear. Don't tell me I'm deluding myself... Don't tell me I've wasted my money.
Not sure what all the fuss is about. I sometimes take a B&O A1 when I travel or an old AppleHiFi with a BT transceiver if traveling by car. Qobuz/SXM apps mean every tune you could want is portable. And it sounds great.
When I’m back home though, we appreciate what we have even more.
No one should be criticized for their audio equipment choices.
The speakers in the big Apple monitor on my desk are surprisingly good. I use them for listening to Youtube videos on things that interest me and even the occasional movie. But on the other side of the room are a pair of Klipsch Forte's fed by a DIY Firstwatt class A amp and there's nothing quite like a good recording on them.
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