By - SaturatedFart
I didn't listen to much music before I got into headphones, but I remember listening to a lot of Touhou stuff back then. I still listen to Touhou regularly though; I guess the audiophile thing didn't change my tastes much. But I like to think Touhou music isn't too terribly mixed...
That being said, production quality doesn't matter too much for me, as long as its flaws aren't overly annoying and I like the song.
Before: Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Gojira, Opeth, Mastodon, etc
After:.... Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Gojira, Opeth, Mastodon, etc
Before - I had a wide ranging taste; everything from Techno to Jazz via Alt rock & metal, prog, punk (post and OG) and Hip Hop of all generations.
Now I listen exclusively to Diana Krall.
Before: Dreamy Night - Lilypichu
After: Dreamy Night - Lilypichu
Though closely follow by:
More than a Feeling - Boston
I listened to lily’s songs a lot
Will definitely listen to them :D
Do listen! They’re both good songs
Before: Koln Concert by Keith Jarrett
After: Somnium (7 hours!) by Robert Rich
Both are good audiophile references IMO
Literally everything from the big grunge bands, pj aic nirvana soundgarden stp, golden age of music and excellent master quality, any song, any album, especially the unpluggs
Before: Daft Punk, Discovery
After: Daft Punk, RAM (Specifically Touch and Instant Crush)
I’m glad to see Touch get some love!
Discovery was always a classic before and after, but I feel like RAM truly shines on good headphones. Start to finish. Contact, Touch, Give Life Back to Music, Game of Love, Beyond… I could gush over the entire album. The bass guitar, synths and Julian’s vocals on Instant Crush sound so damn crisp and “full” (for my lack of vocab).
I liked touch before, but after the break up now it makes me emotional. Lol
Before: Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, Coldplay
After: Yosi Horikawa, Dr Chesky
Before and after: Still D.R.E and forgot about Dre. Even at 14 years old with bad clip-on earbuds, I could tell if something was badly produced and avoided certain stuff. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the money or knowledge about gear to match that for a long time…
I can agree on this. The quality of this album is amazing.
Before: stereolab, sweet trip, xiu xiu
After: stereolab, sweet trip, xiu xiu
I love stereolab, sweet trip and xiu xiu
Before and after: Enzo Pietropaoli Quartet - Yatra (vol. 1 especially)
Before: Panama - Always (Wave Racer remix)
After: Beau Diako - Flamingo (feat Jordan Rakei)
I've always liked melodic and busy electronic, but after getting into Hi-Fi I've been more interested in more organic sounding tracks with interesting texture, tactility, and real instrumentation. In Flamingo, sounds feel like they are coming from all directions. Whimsy, delicateness, shimmer and warmth are apparent.
With great cans and gear, I value transparency -- the ability of the gear to seem to "disappear," allowing musical truth and the sense of immersion / escape to become nearly as important as the song's performance and composition.
Alternatively, great gear can be surgical tools, allowing insight into the recording technique, mic placement, mixing, flaws and all.
I still listen to some poor recordings and highly compressed sounding music. One of my fave songs of all time, Submotion orchestra - City Lights, is a little muddy and not mixed particularly well but still gets me in the mood every time.
Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and the list goes on. Pink Floyd recordings on vinyl and or CDs absolutely can give a work out to any audiophile set up.