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Old 07-13-2015, 09:53 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Koolau View Post
Interesting take on the "quality" of Youtube sound: Unless it's one of the "watch-my-worn-out-'kiddie'-45-player-and-needle-play-a-worn-out-vinyl-record" Youtube, I find that my memory tends to fill in the highs and lows that are missing on my "cheap" built in speakers. I've heard that those who have lost most of their hearing and then are successfully fitted with a cochlear implant tend to experience the same thing - especially on things they "remember" hearing in the past (old friends voices, music, etc.) The concept is truly amazing - and demonstrable with low(er) quality playback such as Youtube. Of course, YMMV.
Yes, the whole field of psycho-acoustics is fascinating. I'd agree, under the right conditions, I can listen to something over relatively poor conditions, and I still enjoy it as I guess I'm focused on the performance rather than the sound plus peformance. It also has to do with expectations. Youtube digitally compresses the sound (not even sure what audio bit rate they use), and the amp/speakers on my computer are not what I'd call "High Fidelity". And that 'memory' factor probably plays into it.

Also, generally, these types of sound 'inadequacies' are things that are missing - highs, lows, details, and we can mentally fill them in. If a sound system adds distortion, or adds boomy bass or screechy treble, those I think, are harder to deal with, as you need to 'ignore' them rather than 'fill in missing pieces'.

But then again, it's free (low expectations), and it's more like just a reminder of the original sound to me. And usually, that's enough. Yes, I think a few songs on Grand Funk Railroad's album that I listened to in the 70's (lost, or maybe I borrowed a friend's album?), are cool, but do I really want to buy the CD for the few times I may want to listen in a full a high-fidelity setting? Probably not.

Then again, some albums just sound so good, and are 'important' to me, I just gotta OWN them, in lossless format, for ALL their glory!


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Old 07-13-2015, 01:56 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
Yes, the whole field of psycho-acoustics is fascinating.
OK.. so you made me look it up. Embarrassing to a psych major.

So, anyway... way back in the early 1990's I downloaded many thousands of my favorite songs from Napster. (statute of limitations has expired).
Until fairly recently, my collection sat in stacks and stacks of CD's... unheard by anyone.

Fast forward to later middle age, and the oddball things that happen to geezers.
Along with advancing AZ, come some new ailments, like insomnia. A few months ago, a chance revisit to my collection... and to my alltime favorite jazz singer, composer, writer and creative genius... Mel Torme. I put "The London Sessions" album in my player, and after trying warm milk and counting sheep, finally turned it on. First song is "All in Love is Fair"...

Ola! The solution... I rarely get beyond the fourth song in the album, and have avoided the the Sleep Centers.
Try "polysomnography" ....

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At this very moment we're enjoying:

And now...this:

"Exit, pursued by a bear."

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I truly love music, many genres. But I'll never understand how/why what I want to listen to varies so wildly
Great topic, Midpack. I have occasionally wondered at the wide variety of music that I like. There must be something that they have in common. Pandora does a great job of selecting songs that I like, even when I have never heard them before. I have found at least 10 artists from Pandora that I bought music from that were previously unknown to me. I looked at my CD stack to come up with a top 5, but couldn't decide on #5, so here is 4:

Pink Floyd
Cranberries (Everyone Else Is Doing It album)

Hardly groups that are very similar. A few more in alphabetical order:
ABBA, America, Bread, Chicago, Corrs, John Denver, Dido, Enya, Sara Evans, Peter Gabriel, Olivia Newton John, Alan Parsons, Rush, Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Styx, Toto, Yes, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin. Music is great.
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I too like almost all types of music except RAP and Hip-hop; I don't consider those to be music. Today I have been digging into my Mother's old 78s and listening to Les Paul, yesterday was Grateful Dead. I just recently got my hands on a cartridge for my Dual turntable that will play the old 78s.

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I too like almost all types of music except RAP and Hip-hop; I don't consider those to be music. Today I have been digging into my Mother's old 78s and listening to Les Paul, yesterday was Grateful Dead. I just recently got my hands on a cartridge for my Dual turntable that will play the old 78s.
I also have eclectic tastes, from big band to jazz to Grateful Dead to Hawkwind to Tangerine Dream. But I've actually gotten into a little rap too. I followed the standard white boy path, starting with Blondie's Rapture, then some Red Hot Chili Peppers, followed by Aerosmith/Run DMC's Walk This Way, and then getting real with Geto Boys doing Damn it feels Good to be a Gansta (from Office Space). Then got into the Black Eyed Peas and Skrillex, who I'm going to see at Okeechobee Fest in a couple of weeks. I guess Skrillex is more Dubstep than rap, but he crosses over sometimes too. Dance like it hurts to stand still.

My DW and DD as well as my friends think I've gone off the deep end. But I've decided there's something to enjoy in every genre. Even Country.

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