Why Get High End Speakers?

My friends all make fun of me for the amount of audio equipment that I own.  Not only do I have the latest in surround sound receivers,  but I have high end speakers that will just blow your mind. 

The sound is positively unreal! All my friends laugh at me – they think that it is a waste to have such high end audio speakers.  You see, all of us have the same taste in music.  We all like punk rock, metal, hard-core, and basically anything that is loud and raucous. 

Why get high end stereo speakers, they ask, when you are listening to music that is often heavily distorted?  Maybe I sound like a snob here, but I do not think that my friends understand the sophistication of the tunes that we are listening to.  Just because it is punk rock, or metal, does not mean that it is noise.  On the contrary, there is a great deal of subtlety and nuance in the tone that only good audio speakers can pick up.

Of course, it matters less with some of the music.  The garage punk that I was into, for example, sounds about the same through high end speakers as it does through low end speakers.  The sound is generally muffled, poorly recorded, and made on substandard equipment. 

As a result, no matter how lousy the speakers you use, it really will not make much of a difference in the way that it comes through.  For that stuff their right – high end speakers really are a waste.

But for a lot of the metal, and even some of the more innovative and experimental punk rock, the high end speakers are really crucial.  Just because a type of music is noisy this not mean that it does not have a wide range of sounds. 

High end speakers can capture all of the sound to the music, from the screeching highs to the booming lows, and everything in between.  Without using a good high end speaker, so much of the sound is lost, and that is a shame.  My high end speakers allow me to hear sounds that I’ve never heard before, and that I would not hear without them. 

It is my friends who are the snobs – low fidelity snobs.  To them it seems like it all sounds the same.  It is unfortunate that they will miss out on all the sonic nuances that I get to hear.  But that’s the breaks!

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What Head Phones To Buy

Head phones are an accessory that a lot of people use. Some use them for their jobs, while others use them to listen to their favorite tunes. This allows you to keep conversations quiet and private, and also allows you to listen to music anytime you please without bothering anyone else. Head phones used to come in one size, and that size as large. Today, you have a multitude of options.

My grandfather was a farmer for his whole life, and remained one until the day he retired. When I was young, I used to think my grandfather listened to a lot of music while he worked. He always had a set of head phones on his head while he drove a tractor. I later found out that there was no music.

Instead, this type of head phone was used to keep the noise out. Heavy machinery can very easily damage your hearing, and he tried to protect his hearing in this way. He has some hearing damage today, but it’s probably not as bad as it could be. Those who operate heavy machinery, fire guns, or are often subjected to other loud noises wear this type of head phone for hearing protection.

When it comes to listening to music, you can get all different types of head phones. There is the classic type of head phones that fit over the top of your head and holds two mini speakers near your ears. There are newer kinds of head phones that don’t sit over your head, but rather are made to fit into the shape of your ear and remain there with no help.

 These aren’t perfect, and you have to get the right set. The ones I have don’t fit well. One ear stays put while the other just won’t.

You may have a job that requires you to wear head phones, and in this case, you may not have a choice as to what you have to wear. Those in call centers must use these all day, but they have become smaller and easier to deal with in recent years.

 Much like many of the newer hands free headsets you get with your mobile phone, many centers are now using small head phones that fit into one ear with a microphone that extends out towards the mouth. 

Because MP3 players and hands free headsets are so popular today, you have to remember the basic safety issues of using head phones. Remember to remain alert to your surroundings, and don’t use them when driving if you don’t have to. Your hearing and your concentration are both compromised when listening to music or when you are engaged in conversation on your mobile phone.

Also remember that prolonged use can cause hearing damage, so keep the volume at a tolerable level.


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