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Key to a good session of music listening

How I wished that someone could have told me that the key to a good session of music listening is a pair of good headphones.  It’s funny that my dad who is a fan of classical music for years couldn’t have told me that.  He tried to invest in a good sound system within his means.  A pair of good speakers, matched with an amplifier and CD player, but it’s no match to a good pair of sound isolating headphones.

So save your efforts and money in trying to create a sound room with expensive setups.  Jump straight into a good pair of sound isolating headphones.  A pair of headphones is going to cost just a fraction of the money that you’re going to spend if you embark on that journey to setup a good sound system.  Anyone who has been to a sound equipment shop will know what I mean…

With that headphones, you’ll be able to tell the difference between a good and badly produced songs/music, be it from the quality of the encoded MP3 to the quality of the hardware used to reproduce the song/music.

Now I’m embarking on a journey to re-encode my CDs into MP3 with a 256 bit rate.

  1. PK
    January 25, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Is the encoding CD into Mp3 stuff perfectly legal ? I mean even if it’s for personal consumption….

    Hope your CDs are still in good condition for the ripping…

  2. January 27, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Oh my garters! Another debate on this.

    For me, I sit on the side that believes I can rip the CD for my own consumption if I bought and own that CD.

    Your last statement is interesting, for CDs do not last forever. Another reason for ripping the CDs in order to keep what I bought (essentially the music) longer.

    And yes, they’re still in good enough condition for the ripping. 🙂

  3. John
    February 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    So what’s a good headphone/earphone that you would recommend. I recently got a pair of grados and they are very very good (though not portable at all a bit noisy to your neighbours sitting beside you even though the volume is not that high)

    • February 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm

      John, I am very happy with my Shure SE420. Shields out a lot of noises, and it’s not noisy on the outside. I cannot recommend any other models because I haven’t tried them.

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