I have a fascination with sound, and a love affair with music. This is my account of my life and times on a hi-fi music listening journey. It’s my journal, diary, whiteboard, pin-board, and scrapbook of the people, landmarks, and gateway and hurdle events along the way. Here you’ll find my thoughts on hi-fi hobbying and record rescuing.
Music matters most – hi-fi reproduces recorded art.
I think that (finally) I have worked out from consulting a dictionary and a thesaurus and from lots of quiet reflection and discussion with other enthusiasts, that I am an audiophile and partial technophile because I am a musicophile in pursuit of true musical experiences.
I’m an audiophile in that I very much enjoy hi-fi sound reproduction, and this requires me to be something of a technophile who understands the enabling technology, because basically I’m a musicophile, as I love music.
I have hi-fi friends who are music loving audiophiles. I consider myself to be an audiophile music lover.
In more than 40 years of listening to music and assembling many combinations of hi-fi components, I have learned one big lesson.
A great audio system is a cherished friend, presenting your recorded music with presence and realism: the musicians’ inspiration and emotion is palpably communicated. There’s a feeling with great music – a feeling that’s different. A great audio system reproduces recorded music in a way that brings that feeling forth.
Attentive listening and deep appreciative music experience can be magically transformed by careful system component matching (actually it’s really about the physics of transducers): does your recorded music reproduction sound like real musicians playing real instruments in a real space? Care and audio insights are needed where technology supports artistic expression, so you need to properly audition audio equipment before selecting components for your listening pleasure. Then configuration and location play a crucial part in the performance of the system in rendering realistic music. The listening space is a most important part of the system, and the most neglected.
I’ve been an avid music listener and hi-fi audio hobbiest, and record collector, since my late teens, and I’m an occasional TNT-Audio.com reviewer, and a writer for Witchdoctor magazine – see My Reviews.