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Audiophile or Music Lover?

Discussion in 'AK Polls' started by shacky, Aug 7, 2011.

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Are you an Audiophile or Music Lover?

  1. Audiophile

    52 vote(s)
    17.9%
  2. Music Lover

    239 vote(s)
    82.1%
  1. shacky

    shacky Addicted Member

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    It took me more than a year to finally get my CL gifted Thiel 03a's up and running. Carl refoamed the woofers and midranges. Narodow helped my tremendously by rebuilding the active EQ. Gordon fixed a woofer I bent :tears: And Thiel replaced a tweeter - twice after my first solder hack disconnected the driver leads :tears:

    So I was looking forward to hearing what true Audiophile grade speakers sound like. I've read numerous times how Thiels will expose shortcomings upstream and I must admit not all of it would qualify as Audiophile grade - the Sansui 890DB mostly though it drives the Thiels with aplomb.

    Source material are BIC 980 TT with Ortofon F/FF cart and mostly Squeezebox Touch streaming Apple Lossless to Music Hall 25.2 DAC with upgraded Mullard NOS tube.

    So my setup is not too shabby. And the Thiels did not disappoint. These babies are no slouch in the bass. They are the most neutral, accurate sounding speakers I've ever had in my listening space. I'm listening flat with maybe one or two notches of bass added - I like bass.

    Great recordings sound unbelievable. I can understand lyrics I could not with other speakers or setups - tubes included. Nuances abound. Imaging is great though I probably haven't maximized in my smallish living room.

    But there are disappointments. My Beatles Mono collection sounds thin. Blues do well but some guitar leads get a little piercing.

    I've been listening to this setup for about 3 weeks now to get aclimated. But last night I decided to put my previous setup back in place. Eico HF-81 nicely redone by Narodow, Dan Nicotera, and Craig Otsby at NOS Tubes. And my Klipsch Forte's with Crites caps, Ti diaphragms and all new coils.

    The Eico - Forte setup just draws me in :tresbon: Beatles sound glorious. No I don't get the ultra detail as with the Thiels but I enjoy the sound more.

    I belive some will say the Thiels need better pre and amp to sound their best. Or cables. But this is my Deserted Island setup for sure :thmbsp:

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  2. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

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    I'm both, so I'll not answer the poll! Why would one need to be one or the other?
    Regards,
    Jim
     
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  3. spaceman

    spaceman Registered Lunatic

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    I voted music lover. There's a lot of appeal in looking at & playing around with gear, but the bottom line is still, the gear is for reproducing music. :music:
     
  4. Urchinn

    Urchinn AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    More of a music lover than an audiophile. Hearing a Ramones song on the radio is better than Steely Dan on a $10,000 system!
     
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  5. JBL GUY

    JBL GUY Addicted Member

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    I am both. For me, two separate, but related hobbies.

    I enjoy the simple act of listening to music, live or reproduced.

    I enjoy the rescue and repair and modification of gear. And the comparison and evaluation of gear.

    I enjoy the act of using the gear.
     
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  6. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

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    How about a Ramones song on a $10,000 rig?:scratch2:
    Regards,
    Jim
     
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  7. Keessie

    Keessie Super Member

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    I voted music lover.
    I don't know what a "real" audiophile is.
    I try to get the best stuff for my money but is that what a audiophile is/should be?
     
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  8. Elfasto

    Elfasto Super Member

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    I think I'm kinda both.
     
  9. Jovinyl

    Jovinyl Super Member

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    Only in it for the music. I have a decent set up right now. It could be better.
    :D
     
  10. chicks

    chicks Lunatic Member

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    Music lover. When I read about guys with obviously limited musical tastes dropping thousands on a system, I just kinda chuckle to myself. ;)
     
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  11. sculptura

    sculptura Active Member

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  12. timofred

    timofred I'm just a garbage man...

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    It's all about the music.
    The equipment is only to transfer it to my ears.
     
  13. jaymanaa

    jaymanaa RIP 1961-2018

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    It's all about the machinery, the music is just a fantastic bonus for me.
     
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  14. MeanMachine

    MeanMachine New Member

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    Um...both?

    I mean, if it wasn't for the music then I wouldn't care about the equipment, and if it wasn't for the equipment I wouldn't be able to enjoy my music as much.
     
  15. JohnVF

    JohnVF Lunatic Member

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    Both. I don't see why one would be an audiophile without being a music lover, but I've met people like that.
     
  16. rajoo

    rajoo Less pixels more decibels Subscriber

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    I am music lover first on a continuing pursuit for better sound. This gives me the excuse to $pend irrational amounts of money and justify it as a hobby.
    If I were to be an audiophile, pursuit of sound quality would become primary and music second.
    This then would lead me to boredom.
    Just as applies to me.
     
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  17. brminpin

    brminpin AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Both for me as well. The equipment just makes the music that much better. I've done the boombox thing before and I'll never go back to it as my main source.
     
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  18. shacky

    shacky Addicted Member

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    Guess I cold have made it are you more of one or the other or have a selection for both. But I was in this weird mood.
     
  19. JohnVF

    JohnVF Lunatic Member

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    I just put in a friend of mine's 'audiophile demonstration disc'- its something he picked up at a trade show that's used to show off systems. If this audiophile-approved music is any indication, I am most definitely a music lover and not an audiophile.
     
  20. AreGee1956

    AreGee1956 New Member

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    One choice?

    I'm a musician, music lover AND long-time audiophile. I joined up before the terms were mutually exclusive, I guess.
     

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