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Topic # 190709 9-Jan-2016 19:05
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I am really interested to know if any other kiwis here have exercised their passion for music and delved into the world of expensive headphones, expensive .flac music file recordings and expensive portable players? I've looked among the NZ HiFi sites that have a Forum but most seem to have nothing on the subject, HiFi being the playing of nothing better than vinyl records ... I note too Geekzone hasn't a section on the pass time specifically either.... Perhaps it all early days... I don't know.

So far I own a Pono, the Neil Young endorsed player and a few sets of what I class expensive headphones. Sadly world zone issues seem to be blocking releases of HiRes audio material something worse than DVD movies ever did... I simply cannot buy Pono albums released as 24bit/192k yet however that material that I do have truly is something when you listen on headphones.... I never realised how bad .mp3 was...

So Geekzone... Is this a place for such kit and its users (being as diehard HiFi followers cringe at the belief a digital form of music can ever be anywhere as good as the analog copy)....

Oh once you are hooked you keep buying other kit, so my last count 4 players, 4 headphones and 4solid days transfer my music collection to various 128GB microSD cards....

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  Reply # 1466711 9-Jan-2016 20:16
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As above, and a few other threads in this Home Theatre sub-forum. Certainly are a number of members enjoying quality audio.




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  Reply # 1466816 9-Jan-2016 23:51
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As posted above, there is the headphones thread. You should join us there :)




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  Reply # 1466865 10-Jan-2016 08:33
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I did go into the headphones and high end audio rabbit hole, but in the end I decided that I'm happy with good enough. I have good quality headphones (Audio Technica) and I stream music on Pandora. I have some expensive headphones at home, LCD2, but I barely ever listen to them these days. I can't sell 'em because I use them as the reference for my headphone reviews.




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  Reply # 1466869 10-Jan-2016 09:07
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MorrisTheCat: I am really interested to know if any other kiwis here have exercised their passion for music and delved into the world of expensive headphones, expensive .flac music file recordings and expensive portable players? I've looked among the NZ HiFi sites that have a Forum but most seem to have nothing on the subject, HiFi being the playing of nothing better than vinyl records ... I note too Geekzone hasn't a section on the pass time specifically either.... Perhaps it all early days... I don't know.

So far I own a Pono, the Neil Young endorsed player and a few sets of what I class expensive headphones. Sadly world zone issues seem to be blocking releases of HiRes audio material something worse than DVD movies ever did... I simply cannot buy Pono albums released as 24bit/192k yet however that material that I do have truly is something when you listen on headphones.... I never realised how bad .mp3 was...

So Geekzone... Is this a place for such kit and its users (being as diehard HiFi followers cringe at the belief a digital form of music can ever be anywhere as good as the analog copy)....

Oh once you are hooked you keep buying other kit, so my last count 4 players, 4 headphones and 4solid days transfer my music collection to various 128GB microSD cards....


What part of NZ are you in?
Auckland and Wellington seem to be (anecdotally) the headphone hotspots.



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  Reply # 1466908 10-Jan-2016 10:31
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Thanks everyone so far and thanks to Mr frietasm for locating my post to the proper place... My main interest here is finding like minded followers who are interested in the Hires music file format and the personal portable players they own to 'get the job done'.... Headphones i admit to having had a serious fanaticism over for a while but pulled back on simply because they can be really expensive and much of the technology calls for a powerful amplifier and that means they lose their portability because the amplifier is usually mains powered and becomes part of the home HiFi kit... Strangely i am not one who goes out into public wearing headphones either so why portable?... Answer, so when i travel i can take my glorious music collection with me and indulge whenever i want 'me-time'... So... back to Hires music. Most of us know we're talking loss-less digital files .flac (etc) and probably saw Neil Young on the David Letterman Show extol the intention of Pono back in the day.... OK i own a Pono now and a couple of other hires file players (from FiiO). I have managed to buy a few HiRes album releases but much of what i have is my CD collection, ripped to 16bit/44.1k encoded as .flac so at minimum i get to listen to the downed quality (compared to the final studio mix) of a CD... So anyone else into Hires music and the kit to do it with?

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  Reply # 1466921 10-Jan-2016 11:58
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Generally these days when people talk 'high-res' they're referring to higher than 16-bit encodings. My stuffs all flac from my CDs, although I can do high-res from my desktop setup (Questyle CMA800R monoblocks fed from Questyle CAS192D), or on my portable setup (Huawei Mate 8 or Samsung Note 4 into Chord Mojo), but have little interest in chasing 24-bit or DSD etc. Don't want to get into a big debate about it, but my experience is that the mastering of the album makes a far larger difference to the quality, sometimes 24-bit and higher versions might have a lavish remaster that's worth the time, but often they don't. For a really killer remaster of one my favourite albums I'd probably do it, but not otherwise.

These days there are a lot of headphones good for portable use that don't require desktop setups to drive (and increasingly DAPs are becoming more powerful alongside the trend towards easier to drive headphones). I use my Pandora Hope VI or MrSpeakers Ether C portably, the Ether C is slightly harder to drive but the Mojo more than up to the task.




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