It is easy for anyone to say that they are an audiophile. Who is an audiophile and what does it really mean to be one? What does it take for you to become one? When you find yourself craving for your own audio heaven, the type of music that takes you out of this world when you hear it, then that might just be the audiophile in you trying to break out. Before you go through this informative piece, you should know that not every audiophile’s definition of the perfect music is the same, which is why it will take you some time to find what works for you. This short guide will help you not only be the best audiophile you can be but also understand others like you and enjoy your music more.
What If You Think You Do Not Want To Be an A
Wikipedia defines an audiophile as a person who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction. Becoming an audiophile means listening to all sorts of sounds, rummaging through the piles of good and bad sounds and equipment, and finally coming by the much-needed satisfying sounds played on impeccable audio devices. Once you learn the ropes of this game and with the right equipment in hand, you will stop seeing music as merely audible noise or unidentified sound, but as the work of art, it really is.
What Will You Learn?
We will discuss the following:
- How an audiogram will help you know what sound works for your ears
- Train your ears to appreciate good sound
- The sound devices you use and audio files you listen to affect the quality of your music
- Which music streaming service should you be using?
An Audiogram To Discover Your Limits
This is an illustration of your hearing using hearing threshold levels at various frequencies. Your hearing threshold levels are points at which you can perceive tone. A professional hearing test is conducted by an audiologist and involves you listening to individual sounds at different levels from quiet to loud and from this determining your hearing ability. This test will determine what loudness and intensity (measured in dB), and tone frequency and pitch (measured in Hz) your ears can hear and tolerate.
Say I have a hearing threshold level at 14 kHz while yours is at 20 kHz. This means that sometimes I may be unable to hear sounds in music that you can comfortably hear. With an audiogram, you can listen to music whose sounds are within your hearing threshold, and you will get to enjoy every part of it. If it is not possible for you to go to the doctor, maybe this test may help you (do not use to compensate for visiting the doctor).
Train Your Ears
To become an audiophile, you need to teach yourself how to appreciate music and how it sounds. This means teaching your ears to recognize what is good, or great, and what is just not worth listening to. This part will take a lot of patience. One of the best ways to train your ears to appreciate great sound is by listening to live music. This kind of music is rich and unamplified, straight from the instruments being played. This music is considerably different from recorded music played through audio equipment. Listening to classic jazz, even when prerecorded, gives you a feel of every bit of sound in it which will help you decide what music you have fun listening to and whose sound you appreciate.
Be curious about what other audiophiles think about different soundtracks and audio devices. The Internet makes it almost too easy to engage with a new community of like-minded sound lovers like you. Listen to what they are listening to, read their comments, and throw in a few of yours. Over time you will be training your ears from what others and you have to say about thousands of soundtracks.
Listening to your music on vinyl is an incredible way to appreciate its sound. A record on a turntable beats lossless files and will help you refine your listening skills to value context and detail in every sound. Once you set the sound on vinyl as your reference point, being able to pick out quality digital tracks will be much easier.
Quality Over Price
While you perfect your listening, you need to get yourself a simply incredible set of audio equipment, nothing less than the best. As much as you wouldn’t want to hear this, you might have to save more and dig a little deeper into your wallet for sound systems and headphones that have the spectacular sound you seek. Visit as many sites as possible to view different headphones’ and speakers’ features and specs. Instead of ordering online, take some time to visit and audio retailer and explore their sound, looking for the one that fits your wants. The journey of an audiophile is life-long and you will constantly be upgrading to a better-sounding set of speakers or headphones; it’s more about contentment than perfection.
At home, make sure your speakers are well-arranged. They should each be the same distance from your central listening spot. They should also be stable, on a level surface, and the same distance from the wall behind them. The position of your subwoofer will greatly affect the quality of your sound, so find the best spot for it for the best experience. With time you will refine this skill to fit our preference and with that make the most out of your music.
iTunes, Spotify, or Tidal – what’s the difference in their music? Lossless music is everything for the audiophile. Lossless music retains every little, detailed bit from its original song recording, something mp3 files lack. Tidal offers lossless music that runs at over 1400kb per second, compared to other sites like iTunes that offers music at 256kb per second. For the ordinary listener, these differences and almost unnoticeable, but for the audiophile, you will certainly notice them and appreciate Tidal’s high-fidelity, $20-per-month sound.
Practice For Perfection
Although there isn’t the perfect sound because audio is always improving and so is the quality of music, you can perfect how well you distinguish incredible sound from the rest. You will need to constantly train your ears to listen and also upgrade your headphones and sound systems to keep up with the best sounds.
With these tips, you have an exciting journey ahead as an audiophile. You will learn a lot of new things in music and certainly hear lots of new and great sounds. We hope that this guide will help you get the best sound and have the most fun listening to your music.