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How to audition hifi properly

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A thread on how to audition hifi properly called "How to audition hifi properly". So anyone wishing to discuss this important topic on another thread can be politely pointed over here, keeping all threads broadly on topic.

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@radiant red edited so it doesn't. I stand by my comment. 

I like listening. I've tried soooooo many things through my front room, loads of side by side listening. 

I don't do graphs. I like to hear the difference. 

As for auditioning. Always get whatever it is in your front room. How does it sound? Probably not the same as the dealers room. Have a listen in your own environment. Do you still like it? 

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This is just going to encourage more trolls!

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11 minutes ago, Amormusic said:

@radiant red edited so it doesn't. I stand by my comment. 

I like listening. I've tried soooooo many things through my front room, loads of side by side listening. 

I don't do graphs. I like to hear the difference. 

As for auditioning. Always get whatever it is in your front room. How does it sound? Probably not the same as the dealers room. Have a listen in your own environment. Do you still like it? 

Don’t disagree with what you say because I did a thread ages ago about using your ears.. 

The problem is, it’s just going to get out of hand. I see it coming 

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Audition! What do you mean, Audition?

You just buy the best measuring bit of kit in your price bracket.

If you don't like how it sounds - then you need more measurements, so you buy a microphone and get the appropriate software. This will give you some excellent graphs that you don't understand, or know what to do with - so you spend more money on someone who does, who then sells you some acoustic panels and sets up your EQ.

If you still don't like the result, it doesn't matter - as the important thing is, it all measures well.

Since you don't really like how it sounds, you don't listen to music - that is until you go to a Bake-off and hear somebody else's system, that sounds brilliant and consists mostly of Audio Note - and they haven't measured it, or blind tested it. What ya know? You've discovered your love of music again.

You now sell the lot and get something that you actually like and works in your room - by listening to it.

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1 minute ago, radiant red said:

Don’t disagree with what you say because I did a thread ages ago about using your ears.. 

The problem is, it’s just going to get out of hand. I see it coming 

Well then I bow out.

That's my tried and tested method. Sorry if I've misunderstood the point of the thread @TheFlash.

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1 minute ago, Amormusic said:

Well then I bow out.

That's my tried and tested method. Sorry if I've misunderstood the point of the thread @TheFlash.

Not at all. It’s the only way 👍🏻

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My music room ...

Engineer It - How to test power supplies - Measuring Noise ...

Ahhh, just look at that noise floor.

And the black, it looks to be 2.76dB blacker than the black we had before. :x

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When I tweak my DSP settings or try new cables (normally home made 'cheap' but well recognised components etc) I use REW but ALWAYS then actually listen to my system using tracks or albums that I'm very familiar with and see if it's made any difference - then I'll get Janes opinion etc.  If I can I'll swap this back & forth with Jane who has little interest in the technical side so it's my version of double blind.  

At the end of the day I'll rely on my ears for what sounds best/better/improved etc and I have found a better DSP curve but then couldn't live with the sibilance on vocals so I reverted back to its previous settings etc.

Note .......I know my name is actually Keith so please forgive me for mentioning double blind - I am a Keith similar to Deggie (another Keith) but not to be confused with THE KEITH with whose thoughts/guidance I'm not aligned with.

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58 minutes ago, Amormusic said:

As for auditioning. Always get whatever it is in your front room. How does it sound? Probably not the same as the dealers room. Have a listen in your own environment. Do you still like it? 

Absolutely and indeed. Whether by trialing gear from a dealer or buying use at a price you can move on at little or a level of loss you're happy with. I prefer the used option though appreciate this may not be so good for the industry. And it's fun - don't forget the fun !

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The best way I can put it is to relax and let the music wash over you and let the hi-fi's speak for themselves.

I am worse at auditioning when I'm under stress, or trying too hard.

Try to level match. Or err on the side of what initially sounds better being played a little bit quieter.

The same recording should be played on both. Playing different recordings on different equipment can still be an interesting and informative event but it's not auditioning with a view on what to buy or what to keep, unless the differences between the equipment is huge.

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55 minutes ago, CnoEvil said:

Audition! What do you mean, Audition?

You just buy the best measuring bit of kit in your price bracket.

If you don't like how it sounds - then you need more measurements, so you buy a microphone and get the appropriate software. This will give you some excellent graphs that you don't understand, or know what to do with - so you spend more money on someone who does, who then sells you some acoustic panels and sets up your EQ.

If you still don't like the result, it doesn't matter - as the important thing is, it all measures well.

Since you don't really like how it sounds, you don't listen to music - that is until you go to a Bake-off and hear somebody else's system, that sounds brilliant and consists mostly of Audio Note - and they haven't measured it, or blind tested it. What ya know? You've discovered your love of music again.

You now sell the lot and get something that you actually like and works in your room - by listening to it.

Quite vituperative, not like you at all CNO, disappointed.

You usually leave 'taking the piss' to people to people like me, we are better at it than you are!

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6 minutes ago, MGTOW said:

Quite vituperative, not like you at all CNO, disappointed.

You usually leave 'taking the piss' to people to people like me, we are better at it than you are!

No, a very amusing and accurate response by CNO.

You're just jealous he beat you to it! :D

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22 minutes ago, MGTOW said:

Quite vituperative, not like you at all CNO, disappointed.

You usually leave 'taking the piss' to people to people like me, we are better at it than you are!

Vituperative? Not in the least.....More highlighting, in a lighthearted way, how ridiculous these debates usually are.

If you haven't seen me do this before, you haven't been paying attention. :clout:

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