Do we have any Hi-Fi enthusiasts here other than myself? :)
I recently decided to upgrade my soundsystem after using a pair of "normal" PC speakers, and a relatively cheap 20 year old amp and speaker-system for my livingroom. I love music and often listen more than a couple of hours a day, so why it didn't dawn on me before now to actually prioritize this passion and upgrade to something better is beyond me.
The speakers are a pair of Danish handmade Dynaudio focus 160's, and the amp is a norwegian Hegel h80 which I have connected to my computer via USB. Hegel has won a lot of Hi-Fi awards over here in Norway, and it was also recommended to pair together with the speakers I chose, so it was a no-brainer. :)
Before I bought the system I had never really experienced a "real" hifi-system in action, so I was curious to hear how big difference there really was between a "normal" rig and the stuff enthusiasts swear by. I was wondering if people that spend several grand on a soundsystem do it just because it's marginally better sounding than a good pair of 100-200$ speakers (like the ones I had before), or if the difference in price really is reflected in what I hear.
So I asked for a demo, naturally. I was placed in a comfortable chair sitting in what I was told was the "stereo sweetspot" and the dude in the store proceeded to connect a laptop with a flac library to the Hegel amplifier. He started with Alison Kraus - Whiskey Lullaby, and I litterally started grinning like an idiot. Completely blown away, and not by the volume, by the soundquality. It suddenly became very clear why some people have this as a hobby that they spend thousands on, the soundquality was just ridiculously good. It sounded so realistic, almost like the person singing was in the room. Almost clearer than that even...
It's weird that there is so much more detail recorded in CDs that you just don't hear in regular systems as they simply can't "paint" all the details. Voices sound almost eerily realistic, and instruments likewise, and the "soundstage" is so well presented that you can almost visually picture where the different sounds are coming from (say, in an orchestra you can tell the violinists are in front of the brass, to the left on the stage, etc). It's almost like having a live concert in your house. It's just awesome!
I'm very happy to have invested in this, it has opened up a whole different way of listening to music for me. I started listening to way more and different music than before, music I used to dislike suddenly became interesting. In the beginning it was because I wanted to hunt for the best produced album with the best soundquality, which was a lot of fun and led me to a lot of different music. The only negative thing is that it has made me very picky on productionquality, poorly produced albums that before sounded "similar to anything else" now sound like shit.
Errm, yeah, so that's my story, would be really cool to hear yours as well. It would also be neat if any of you could list some music that you think is well produced/good soundquality (if it's good music it's a bonus!) - just link from spotify if you can! :)
Here's one I'm listening to now:
"Ole Edvard Antonsen" - "Tour de Force". A really good norwegian trumpetist, and this album is a hidden gem in my opinion. Really fun music, and the production is astoundingly good. Spotify URL: Ole Edvard Antonsen – Tour De Force