I have never been an audiophile. I love music. I love life performances. For me there are few experiences more uplifting than a symphony orchestra performing a classical work or attending a concert with one of my favorite contemporary musicians. While I’ve always appreciated recorded music I’ve never been privileged to own a top of the line audio system.
In childhood I had a little box record player that would spin LPs or 45’s with a little adapter inserted into the larger hole in the middle. My parents had a console stereo that looked like a piece of furniture. I progressed to an all in one Panasonic stereo with turntable in college to a multi component JVC stereo system to the first incarnation of the CD player in the early 80’s. I progressed then to a Sony Walkman, to a portable CD player, to an iPod and music I would play on my computer to the digital music of today.
But I’ve never loved ear buds or head -sets or head phones. Headsets or head -phones gave me headaches. Ear buds were uncomfortable and did not provide audio of any quality. While the digital audio with ear-buds was better than analog music of days gone by, I wasn’t feeling the love. The sound wasn’t clear. I couldn’t differentiate the various instruments and I could not understand the lyrics. Since I love singing along in my car at the top of my lungs, it was generally preferably to know at least some of the lyrics. What I couldn’t understand I made up. Really – how many of us must confess to the same?
But after my husband dragged me into the Bang & Olufsen store in Bethesda, Maryland last week, I came to understand the difference between ordinary head-phones / ear-buds and Bang & Olufsen Ear-sets. Wow! Even my iPhone sounds live when the music is broadcast through these amazing state of the art headsets. I can actually understand the lyrics. The music sounds live. I feel a part of the music. They are expensive, but I need them. I want them. I lust for them. I never thought there could be such a difference in how one could experience music emanating from a phone. But, there is a difference. There is a big difference. I may yet join the ranks of the audiophiles in my family.
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