Is it insane to believe that the quality of sound reproduction matters, that it makes any real difference to anyone who isn’t trying to make a buck off of selling you more stuff? For many, OK most people, the answer is an absolute no. The majority of folks see music as something that is always in the background. It is there, pumped out by speakers in the supermarket ceiling, the romantic Italian restaurant you love, or coming right out of those little white apple earbuds.
Those people, those blessed individuals who don’t listen so much as allow music into their lives will never know or care that there is near perfection to be had for the listening, if one is shrewd or has enough disposable income. They will never know that Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos recent remastered release is an atrocity of digital compression, an affront to anyone’s God with ears, and in my opinion a capital offense. They will not know the soft rasp of David “Fathead” Newman’s saxophone reed on Diamondhead, the work of someone so loving and careful as to cause a physical reaction when played on a good system.
To a headphone audiophile, knowing what so few know makes us look, well, perhaps we are, insane. We certainly look that way when we step onto the street wearing a full size over the ear headphone. The look isn’t the real story though because attached to those cans by a custom built replacement cable are the portable amp, DAC (Digital to Analog Converter,) and the source itself, probably something quadruple the price of the most expensive iPod.
I find peace, relaxation, and comfort in my systems. I can step away from the world and replenish the optimism that today’s life so quickly sucks from my body. I know people may, for many reasons, dismiss us as insane, and that is alright by me because I question the sanity of anyone who has ever willingly watched even 1 minute of Honey Boo Boo, The Bachelor, Survivor, or so many other popular shows. I don’t judge them but I do question their sanity when everyone knows watching Game of Thrones: Teenage Boob Edition, Breaking Bad: How I learned to sell Meth, Walking Dead: OK, this one may save my life someday, are much more worthy of my time.
Are you a Honey Boo Boo fan? Do you feel your clock radio provides all the sound quality anyone needs? I would love to hear from you. Take a minute and tell us what you think, give us your questions, or just to tell me I’m an idiot. Hopefully the line will be short.