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Title: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: harrymax on 28 May 2020, 05:22 pm
Hello Audio Circle friends,

Do you recall when the passion struck? Was it a single bolt of lightning or a slow reveal through multiple moments? Where were you and when? What type of music were you listening to? When did you become conscious of the fact it became a hobby (version a simple interest) ...or an obsession.

I thought answering this would be easy, but now realize that for me, it was a slow reveal with a lightning strike in the middle, which is when I was in London in 2011 for work. I went to Bond Street to look at watches (purely for fun) and to an audiophile store of which I can't remember the name. It was there that I got to listen to Big Love from Fleetwood Mac on a set of STAX SR-009.

That was it. I still love my Thiel speakers, Eagle amps, etc., but now I'm a headphone guy. Boom.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: RMoss on 28 May 2020, 08:34 pm
Hello!

I feel like I've had a little bit of it in me ever since I got my first car stereo components (which of course were terrible).  Eventually that shifted more into home theater and now I'm finally working on a dedicated stereo setup.  Good question!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Phil A on 28 May 2020, 09:56 pm
Welcome!  Got the bug with my 1st set of separates about 40 years ago.  Haven't been able to shake it.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: FullRangeMan on 28 May 2020, 11:01 pm
Welcome  :thumb:
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: RMoss on 29 May 2020, 03:48 am
Oh and I forgot to mention but I envy you folks who can enjoy good headphones.  I unfortunately have one deaf ear, so it's speakers only for me.  I can still see a bit of a sound stage though, if I sit in the right spot and turn my head just a bit.  The brain is a crazy crazy thing.

Fortunately, my good ear tests really well.  I have to remind myself when listening that I only got one left, so better take care of it!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: FullRangeMan on 29 May 2020, 03:51 am
Welcome aboard Moss  :thumb:
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: nlitworld on 29 May 2020, 04:41 am
Hi everyone,,
For me it was a bit of an "oh yeah I forgot how much I enjoy this" moment. All growing up in high school I spent my money on mostly gas and a few cds per paycheck blasting music on my mom's old 70s JVC. Years go by and mp3/pandora takes over and lost the bug for a while. Then I found a random turntable in the garage, plugged it in and bought my favorite album. It was then, wandering around the record store, smelling the insence, hearing old punk on the stereo while talking with the people there about the concerts from years gone by that I remembered how much I loved everything about it. Finding gems at the indie music store or even Goodwill. Coming home from work to tuning out the world and cranking music til you can't help but tap your toes and smile. All of it. I'm hooked. Slowly but surely making improvements to my gear, but always remembering to stop and enjoy the music.

-Lloyd
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Scroof Neachy on 29 May 2020, 06:23 am
Probably in the early 7O’s when I first heard a pair of Quad ESL-57’s. It’s what I use now.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: OzarkTom on 29 May 2020, 10:33 am
1976 when  I heard a pair of Acoustats with servo tube amps. Still one of my favorites even today.

Before that I had a quad system from 1972.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: JLM on 29 May 2020, 12:05 pm
Upon hearing the song "In the Year 2525" as a kid, must have been on my mom's phonograph.  Guess I'm more of a music lover who is also a gear head of sorts (worked 38 years as an engineer).

My first audiophile moment was when I bought JBL L-44's in high school and plugged them into my plastic Panasonic AM/FM/cassette.  That rich, deep, detailed sound captured me.  Dragged Dad upstairs for a listen but sadly he couldn't hear the difference from the speakers that came with the Panasonic (car speakers in hardboard cabinets).  He'd lived around engines his whole life and couldn't even hear the crickets outside when we were done. 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: ArthurDent on 29 May 2020, 12:11 pm
Greetings & Welcome to AC harry   :thumb: 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: MttBsh on 29 May 2020, 03:12 pm
For me it was when I started attending concerts back around 1970. I loved being immersed in the sound put out by a great band playing in a decent sounding venue. I wanted to be able to recreate that sound in my own home. I also have collected a lot of live recordings over the years. I can say that today if I turn my sound system up loud enough it sounds as good as being at a concert. My neighbors get to enjoy it too!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Chris Adams on 29 May 2020, 03:41 pm
1961, I was 10 and had a little all in one record player. All in one means it had a speaker and amp in it. Ceramic cartridge of course. I bought a 45, "Tragedy" by the Fleetwoods. Played it over and over. Don't know exactly how I got the idea but saved my chore pennies and bought a box speaker from Radio Shack, I think it had a 6x9 or 5x8 in it. Took my record player apart, disconnected the 3 or 4" internal speaker and connected the "big" Radio Shack. Wow, better sound. I was hooked.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: mhconley on 29 May 2020, 03:55 pm
I’ve always been a gadget guy and I’ve always loved music. I had a GE Silvertone suitcase stereo turntable and a Panasonic RF-888 radio when I was a teen. I caught the audiophile bug listening to my dad’s boss’ Pioneer SX-1250 receiver. I forget what speakers and other components he had but that big receiver was beautiful.

I bought my first stereo soon after. A mid-range Pioneer receiver and turntable and big Cerwin-Vega 313 speakers. I loved the sound of that system. I remember kabuki speakers were big in the late 1970’s. In the mid-1980’s I had an SAE Two R6 receiver, a Dual turntable, Akai cassette deck and a pair of even bigger Cerwin-Vega 12-TR speakers. Also a nice sounding system.

It’s been a continually evolving journey ever since.

Martin
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Digi-G on 29 May 2020, 03:57 pm
I think it was mostly a slow burn for me until I heard a really good demo of B&W speakers in my mid-20s.  This would have been right around the time that CDs were introduced, although the demo was vinyl.  I had never even heard of B&W up to that point.  Pretty sure one of the songs was Landslide by Fleetwood Mac - a holographic Stevie Nicks was in the middle of the room singing to me.  I HAD to buy the speakers - DM220's.  $450 or so for the pair - God, what a steal.  I used them for many, many years before giving them to my best friends 20-something year old son.  I hope he realizes how much I loved those.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: kmmd on 29 May 2020, 04:45 pm
I started in the ‘90’s with a NAD (Saturday Audio Exchange) and KEF (United) combo during my graduate studies in Chicago.  Then my “aha” moment was when I heard a pair of Magnepan MG10QR’s, not 10.1’s,  at Audio Consultants.  I bought a pair and later bought an Audiolab 8000CD player.  I still have the 10QR’s (main system for tri-center) and the Audiolab player (transport) that I mate with an Audiolab 8000DAX in a bedroom system.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: jcsperson on 29 May 2020, 04:52 pm
I was in the Navy and my system was mid-fi stuff I had bought at the base exchange in Japan. I was pretty convinced it was hi-fi then.

In 1985 I had to fly from Japan to Hawaii for Navy business (I know, horrible right?) and while my squadron mates went to the beach, I visited a local high-end stereo store. Things were slow at the store and even though I said I wasn't really buying, the salesmen couldn't have been more helpful and informative.

That store was big on Magnepan, which I had never heard of, and one of their listening rooms was entirely dedicated to Maggies and Audio Research. They started with the MMGs and worked their way up to the MGIIIs  and that was it. I realized my stuff was just stuff. I did buy one of the better Grado cartridges and when I was transferred back to the States a few years later the first thing I did was buy a pair of MGIIIs which I enjoyed for 14 years.

Two careers and two moves later I put the MGIIIs in storage and haven't had the time or space to do anything with stereo since, but I retire in two weeks and that is all about to change.  :D
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: glynnw on 29 May 2020, 08:09 pm
I became interested in the mid-70s.  Moved to Atlanta, had an NAD/Time Window system and got invited to a house where the owner (Glenn Gleaton) had a set of Beveridge speakers, Beveridge pre-amp and more.  WOW!!  I was hooked.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Sparky14 on 29 May 2020, 08:17 pm
Honestly, it was a two-part hit. #1 was a music appreciation class in college that made me actually listen to classical for the first time. And during that semester over several weekends, I went to my girlfriend's parents' house. Her dad had a full Krell system and Martin-Logan speakers. It was quite a step up from the 6x9" car speakers I was used to. I stayed with that girl much longer than I should have just for those weekend experiences.  :D
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: FullRangeMan on 29 May 2020, 11:50 pm
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Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: joseph2000 on 1 Jun 2020, 05:21 pm
May I introduce myself ; I am an electronics engineer retired from government firm. I am in fond of European Vintage audio systems especially German made. It is a hobby for me to collect European vintage audio systems. Especially open reel recorder.   


Joseph
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: bonsiguy on 3 Jun 2020, 03:34 pm
wow  40 plus years ago in my early teens when my mom bought a H H scott integrated amp and after she shortly passed away after that i took it and started to play and upgraded and put all kinds of combos together with whatever i could scrounge up. I'm back into it hard now that I'm a empty nester  and can treat myself to some toys .
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: nilopmas on 4 Jun 2020, 11:42 pm
My passion for Hifi was ignited after I bought a Sony MDR-EX450B headphone with a slider for extra bass. It was the first thing I listened to that did not have a veil of blurriness.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: gger2000 on 6 Jun 2020, 05:18 am
Hi! I have been a huge fan of listening to music since my teenage years. However, I just recently discovered the beauty of audiophile equipment, although at its very entry-level. I feel I enjoy music no more than before, trying to discover a wider range of music genera that satisfy my appetite for music. I'm in the process of building a headphone entry Hi-Fi set up and having fun with it. I look forward to learning from and participating in this forum.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: JohnBooty on 9 Jun 2020, 04:36 pm
For me, it was listening to music on my Walkman as a kit at night when I was supposed to be sleeping.

I enjoyed listening to radio and my cassette tapes on my terrible little boombox. It was fun. But when listening at night on my cheap K-mart headphones, there was so much more music there. Amazing little details. Better bass. Better everything.

Was there more? How deep did this rabbit hole go? It was fascinating.

So, I have always liked to dabble in this hobby. It's fun getting new and improved equipment and rediscovering your music. People come and go, but music's always there for me!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: CKENR on 13 Jun 2020, 12:31 am
Unintentionally in 1995. Until then,  my familiarity was limited to what was available at Sears and I did own a set of Pioneer separates purchased there for around 200 dollars of that era. In that year, Bob Carver went out of business and his products became available through Costco, Seattle. I bought a 5-CD changer, a tuner and a 60wpc amplifier with, ahem, sonic holography, costing 4 times the Pioneer. I added a pair of Klipsch purchased half priced at Circuit City grand opening! So they say, "the rest is history!)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Jgc12 on 15 Jun 2020, 03:49 am
Hearing Supertramp’s “Crime if the Century” album for the first time through my uncle’s Advent speakers, c. 1975
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Pete S on 19 Jun 2020, 02:44 pm
I bought my first audio system when I was in seventh grade, with money from my morning paper route. That was 1978. It was a Kenwood receiver, Technics SL-3300 turntable with AT MM cartridge and a pair of Becker speakers. Eventually I bought a BIC cassette deck. I upgraded to a Denon PMA-737 and Proton tuner a few years after that. Then I fell into an audio abyss for several decades.

What got my interest in good audio equipment restarted, I forget exactly, but in early 2016 I bought a pair of Sennheiser HD 600 headphones, a Schiit Bifrost Multibit DAC and Schiit Valhalla 2 headphone amp, driven by a Mac Mini running iTunes and Bit Perfect. That was a pretty incredible sounding combination. I realized what I had been missing.

I now have a 2-channel system that I would say is mostly nearing endgame stage for me, for a long time. I can't see myself changing out my speakers or power amps, unless I moved to a much smaller space, where the speakers wouldn't be appropriate. In July or August, I'll be doing a three-way comparison of my Schiit Freya (original version) vs. the Freya S vs. the Freya+, and I expect that the winner of that will be my preamp for a long time as well. I recently purchased a used Freya S, so now I'm just waiting for Freya+ to come off backorder (caused by parts shortages).

-Pete
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: DonJoe on 21 Jun 2020, 04:21 pm
Hi All,

My father was in the military in Europe in the 70's and they used to have amazing on base hi-fi shops back then.  It was a treat to go with my father to listen to all the gear and some amazing recordings.  One of my favorite memories was being able to sit down in front of his rig for 30 minutes every night before dinner listening to whatever vinyl or reel to reel he selected.

Bottom line is that once the hook was set, it was there for good and have continued to learn over the years. 

Now I hope to pass that on to my kids.  They clearly don't love music or the hobby like I do but we will see how it all plays out over time.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: cubiclecrush on 22 Jun 2020, 06:01 pm
I was never fussy with audio.  I had some of those terrible all-in-one phono/radio/cassette units in the 80s!  But I loved music.  I liked to write down the lyrics - stopping and starting the tape to get it - before everything was published on these inter-webs!

I went to school in 89 for Mechanical Engineering.  Promptly failed out.  However, got to see my first electrostatic speakers and met the first crowd of people that got me thinking about really listening to the music - and expecting to hear every nuance. 

I could never afford hi-fi, so I became a mid-fi guy and a budget-hunter.  And I was happy.  30 years or so I was happy.

Then I had it in my head I wanted a Reel-to-Reel.  My dad had one, I found someone who was willing to repair it, and I started interacting with him.  One day he let me hear his r2r through a McIntosh amp and DynAudio speakers.  I regret to say I can't remember the specific gear because I was too busy quaking under the nirvana of the ear-gasm I was having. 

I heard real "detail" for the first time.  I think that's what I'd call it.  It was so crisp, so clear.

And now I'm trying to squeeze every ounce out of my mid-fi gear to try and recreate that moment!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Yaoone11 on 28 Jun 2020, 03:46 pm
Going to a Yes concert in Miami Baseball Stadium in the 70’s and wanting to relive that sound in my home!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: SteveFord on 28 Jun 2020, 04:41 pm
We always had music at the house (piano, guitar, clarinet) and I had a cruddy little Sears Silvertone suitcase type doohickey with a turntable and detachable speakers for true stereophonic reproduction.  I used to lug that thing all over the place until it broke and then it was back to Sears to get it repaired which would take months.  Did that several times, it was a real piece of crap but I loved it when it was working!

However...

Hearing a pair of JBL L-100s and a Dual 1229 and Sam Goody's when I was in junior high school.
They had it cranked and it was WOW!
ME WANT!!!

It's been all downhill from there.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Elizabeth on 29 Jun 2020, 03:01 pm
1964 I was in a electronic parts store with an almost boyfriend (tagging along..) and saw a Garrard LAB 80 turntable. I was transfixed. and had to have it. with no previous stereo anything, no previous interest in it at all. but that TT was like alive and glowing..
So after awhile my parents helped me to by a stereo (including the LAB 80) I had it for 15 years and only sold it all to 'see the World'. But Iwas hooked on listening to music.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: ricmon on 29 Jun 2020, 04:48 pm
Summer after freshman year.  Saw John McLaughlin with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Billy Cobham on the same bill.  Bought a Yamaha integrated amp, a pair of BIC bookshelf speakers and a turntable with some Monster cable.

Ric
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: jbiswas on 29 Jun 2020, 04:50 pm
Stood in line during college days for a Black Friday sale at 6th Ave Electronics...a costly mistake...should have never been there :-)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: WGH on 29 Jun 2020, 06:42 pm
Sometime in the early 1960's listening to a Grundig radio console in our basement rec room, there was magic in that box and it sounded great.
We used to play Chubby Checker and Cha Cha records on the turntable and have dance parties when my cousins came over, they were Chicago girls and terrific dancers.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: simplepleasures on 30 Jun 2020, 08:25 pm
Hi there,

First post here and have been into Audio gear since the start of the 80's and have off and on worked in the sound industry. High end and Studio gear.
Love vinyl and Digital and all kinds of funky speakers are a big fave of mine. Have way to many records. (Over 10,000.) Love turntables and pre-amplifiers too.

Nice to be here.

D.
(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=211160)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: TikiGuy on 6 Jul 2020, 07:48 pm
My Dad was a drummer with the Air Force band.  One dayI came home from school and he was listening to Fire and Rain by James Taylor writing down the music.  I've been hooked on hi fi and James Taylor ever since.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Charles Calkins on 7 Jul 2020, 01:21 am

    I got the BUG!!! about 68 years ago when I was 20 years old.

                                       Cheers
                                      Charlie
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: eduke55 on 16 Jul 2020, 12:41 am
Well, like quite a few here I was a gadget kid and my dad loved listening to music. First on a phonograph with one speaker, then on a stereo console by magnavox. I thought it was cool seeing records piled on the turntable, and relished the task of flipping them over and putting them away. When I became a teenager a young man who was a electronics tech showed me his setup. McIntosh tube gear, 240 amp (which he had me "hold" for him when he was in some financial difficulty, so he said), tube preamp and tube tuner. He also had a reel to reel deck that I think was a Tanberg. His speakers were AR-3s and to my ears at the time all sounded great. My electronic tech friend told me to scour for used gear as a start and I went to repair places and stereo stores and put together a system. Harmon Kardon Citation 11 pre-amp, Citation 12 amp, AR 4x speakers and a year later a pioneer TX 9100 tuner, which I still have! I recently had it updated and upgraded by Mike at Radio X Tuners, who did a great job. Love this hobby and current setup is Bel Canto E1X int, VPI Scout 1.1 w/Ortophon Cadenza red Cartridge, Pioneer tuner, Modwright 9.0 phono(terrific by the way), Marantz ND 8006 CD/player-streamer and Auralic Altair G1 Digital Audio Streamer. The Marantz is used as a CD transport now and soon I will replace Bel Canto with Modwright KWH 225i integrated w/phono.  :)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: S Clark on 16 Jul 2020, 03:10 am
I'd had a stereo for all of my post high school life.  A receiver, reel to reel with dbx, Dual turntable, and decent speakers for the mid 70's, but nothing really audiophile. 
And then in 2003, fate led me to Danny Richie's living room-- I'd never heard anything that realistic before.  17 years later, his living room is still ear opening, but my system has taken a huge leap forward. 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Bushkanicke on 18 Jul 2020, 04:43 pm
Probably freshman year of college after visiting a hifi store in nashville. My wallet probably regrets that decision...
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: tonnesen on 21 Jul 2020, 04:10 am
Sophmore year of college in East Lansing 1980, my dorm roommate critically auditioned various speakers at the local stores and settled on some variety of inexpensive Polk speakers that were marginally better than the other brands. I still didn't know about high end audio, but that was my first awareness of making a serious effort to get good sound reproduction.  Have fond memories of buying records, playing them once to record them on to cassette tapes, and then carefully preserving in protective plastic covers.  I hauled them around for 20 years from Michigan to California to North Carolina, and then foolishly sold all of my perfectly preserved LPs when I moved back to California again in 1999.  Complete collections of Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, The Who,  etc.  I hope some lucky person benefited from my mistake.   
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: jcsperson on 21 Jul 2020, 01:04 pm
I walked into a stereo store in Honolulu just to look around. I went into their "Magnepan room" and that was it. I'd never heard anything like that before. It was then that I learned what "soundstage" and "scale" meant.

That's when I realized my "hi-fi" stuff was just stuff and within a year I had a pair of MG IIIs and all-tube Audio Research amp and Modulus preamp. I've had to scale back since then, but that's when the light bulb went on.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: whell on 21 Jul 2020, 01:10 pm
Sophmore year of college in East Lansing 1980, my dorm roommate critically auditioned various speakers at the local stores and settled on some variety of inexpensive Polk speakers that were marginally better than the other brands. I still didn't know about high end audio, but that was my first awareness of making a serious effort to get good sound reproduction.  Have fond memories of buying records, playing them once to record them on to cassette tapes, and then carefully preserving in protective plastic covers.  I hauled them around for 20 years from Michigan to California to North Carolina, and then foolishly sold all of my perfectly preserved LPs when I moved back to California again in 1999.  Complete collections of Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, The Who,  etc.  I hope some lucky person benefited from my mistake.

You and I probably went to the same stores in Spartan country back in the day.  There was a stereo retailer across from campus on Grand River, can't remember the name.  They're long gone now.  But, Flat, Black and Circular record store is still there, and thriving.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: cfranco on 24 Jul 2020, 12:05 am
Two different moments, first was when my son asked to buy a cd by Linkin Park we listened on the way home and I loved the Rock/Rap/Screaming, it hit me that I had been missing music in my life.  I grew board of the music after several years and began listening to books on cd instead of music.  I watched an episode of mad men and seen the stacks of lp's in the lead attorneys office and remembered the whole process of listening to lp's, I bought a very simple setup and that was my Boom moment.  Not only did the sound become full / immersive there was a commitment to the album that I actually really enjoy.  I have been hooked on LP's now for about 5 years and love each moment I get to listen.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Bevin on 30 Jul 2020, 03:01 am
I first got the hi-fi bug back in the mid-60s.
My first separates system ever was an all Acoustic Research system, with AR-3as, AR integrated amp, and AR turntable.
Over the years I owned the Large Advents and other entry level components.
My current (July 2020) system is a 2.1 satellite/subwoofer home theater system using a Lenovo notebook and an 42" LG LCD TV set

-- Cambridge Audio Azur 640A V2 Amplifier
-- Paradigm Atom V.5 Monitors
-- SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer
-- Keces DA-151 USB DAC Digital Analog Converter
-- Tripp Lite LC1200 Line Conditioner
-- Tara Labs Prism 300A Interconnects
-- Onix "Black" Speaker Cables   

The Azur 640A is 12 years old and occasionally acts up. The volume control drops by itself, or the protection light comes on.

As a result I started looking at potential replacements. I first went to WHATHIFI where they recommended the Onkyo A-9010.

But the website of the local high end Taipei dealer where I purchased most of my current components showed an unfamiliar NuPrime IDA-8 for a mere 3000NTD (approximately 1000USD). The fact that the Absolute Sound awarded it Editor's Choice repeatedly as recently as 2019, left a real impression, as did NuPrime's explanation of Class A/Class D hybrid technology. 

I'm looking forward to a listening test.

So now I'm seriously considering that as the replacement for my Azur 640A. 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: ljiminez on 30 Jul 2020, 02:34 pm
It was 1968 when I heard a Dual turntable. It sounded significantly better than anything else I had ever heard. I started subscribing to High Fidelity magazine...cause hey, I didn't have internet service then.  :D 

Anyway I learned that it wasn't really the Dual producing that superior sound. It was the Magnetic cartridge. Until the Dual all I had ever heard were Ceramic cartridges.

Nez
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Craig B on 30 Jul 2020, 08:50 pm
I got started back in freshman year of college when I moved up from a JVC compact to my first component system, as modest and mid-fi as it was: a Pioneer SX-727 receiver, Pioneer PL-12D turntable and some long forgotten Cerwin Vega speakers. I upgraded the speakers and turntable over the next couple of years, but the big change was discovering the high end through The Abso!ute Sound, which prompted me during my senior year in '78 to sell all my old equipment and all my camera gear and buy a GAS Son of Ampzilla, GAS Thalia, Denon armless turntable, Infinity Black Widow, a Decca Gold cartridge and a pair of Magnepan MG-1s. That was the real start of my downfall.  :wink:
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Bigtuna on 2 Aug 2020, 06:29 am
Started playing with simple audio gear when I was 12 but the AUDIOPHILE moment came when I was a freshman in college.
I went to the home/showroom of Charlie Santmire owner of the "Sound Environment" in Lincoln Nebraska.  He sat me down in front of Magneplaner Tympani 1U speakers driven by an Audio Research D-75 amp and SP3A-1 preamp. Incredible  sound! I'll never forget the moment.
I still see Charlie every on occasion and have thanked him for introducing me to this wonderful hobby 46 years ago.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Imago on 3 Aug 2020, 04:39 am
For me, it was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when I wandered in to Adelphi Bookstore and in the back, through a beaded curtain, was Custom Stereo. The salesman steered me away from solid state gear, and sold me a Dynaco 35 tube amp, which I still have!

Since then, I've had tons of tube hi-fi gear, my favourite being British... Leak, Radford, Woodside, Beam Echo, Acrosound etc.

Best amps ever are the Julius Futterman OTL monoblocks, the H3aa's, apparently named for his apartment number.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: dpatters on 3 Aug 2020, 12:59 pm
1975 in college.
Marantz 1060 integrated
Garrard Zero 100
Advent Speakers
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: JonathanWalton7 on 9 Aug 2020, 04:35 am
Hello everyone.  I have always loved music.  And my background is primarily as a musician and pianist.  Fell in love with Beethoven early on at age 7 or 8, started learning piano by ear at age 12, haven't stopped since.  But as far as catching the audiophile bug, I fell in love with my parents old unused record player.  I had to figure out how to plug it into their old Emerson speaker system which was also in storage and hadn't been heard or used for probably a good 12 years.  It worked fine though.  I don't know if it was the discovery of the new sound that actually came out of vinyl, or the solitude I had at that time age 14, free to listen to music in the basement and doing what I loved as much as I wanted with no disturbance.  But yeah, that year was particularly great for me musically.  I should mention that portable 60mb MP3 players were just coming out, and CD players were the norm.  Meanwhile I felt like I discovered a treasure trove in my parents modest vinyl collection...and this was waaaay before hipsters were all trying to bring back vinyl.  It was the coolest thing listening to old Al Di Meola records, Journey, Stevie Wonder, a single of axel f I repeatedly played over and over, lee ritenour, Lee ritenour, jazz and r&b albums and others that have passed from my recollection.  My favorite thing to listen to was an epic bass solo by Louis Johnson on a song called Twinkle by Earl all ugh.  Still to this day, that bass solo has never sounded so rich and full than it did coming out of that vinyl player in my basement.  And they're all gone now.  Parents gave the collection all away one year to my dismay...but I feel privileged to have had that time with the old vinyl equipment.  I feel it sharpened my ears and my appreciation for the art of sound recording and audio in general.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: alexandre_ on 22 Aug 2020, 05:48 am
It's been with me almost as long as I can remember. As a child I had a Grundig 211 with its original speakers (big woofer and paper cone tweeter in a sealed enclosure). I had a portable tape recorder connected to it too. One memorable album is a children's one that had a cover of The Police's De Do Do Do with lyrics in Portuguese. I loved the song and some others on the album.
(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=213535)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: alexandre_ on 22 Aug 2020, 06:08 am
Found a picture of the speakers!
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Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Bob Stark on 22 Aug 2020, 12:50 pm
My 6 year older brother Steve and I shared a bedroom until I was 11.  We had one of those little all-in-one records players with the speaker on the front that you could carry easily in one hand.  We would listen to 45's we started to accumulate most every night as we went to bed until mom or dad would tell us to turn it off and get to sleep.  Our older brother Bill built his own system  out of an Eico integrated amp, Garrard turntable, and fairly small cylindrical speakers made by a company in Rockford, IL. called Leonhardt.  We all thought that was a dream setup.  The love of listening to music was installed in me very early on.  When I finally made some money in a factory job, I bought my first stereo--Garrard turntable, Pickering cartridge, Pioneer 424 receiver, and 20th Century house brand speakers.  Every year of college I traded that in and bought a slightly better system still using now a Pioneer 727 receiver, Philips GA-212 turntable/arm with a Stanton 681 EEE cartridge, and Atlantic 5 speakers.  The speakers were just OK but funky looking.  I heard a Magnepan Tympani IV setup with Audio Research tube amps and preamp.  THAT was AWESOME!  Started reading The Absolute Sound and anything I could about high end sound.  My buddy Steve and I were down at 20th Century and listened to a pair of Jensen floor speakers with 15" woofers play Rocky Mountain Way at high volume.  That was also memorable.  After college, my wife and I moved up to the Chicago suburbs.  I started hanging out at Paul Heath Audio and Victor Stereo in Chicago.  I was deep into the bug by then.  Bought my first high end system--Allison Ones, Quad 405, Mitsubishi DA-P10, Kenwood KD-500, Grace 707, with Microacoustics 2002E.  I had that Quad 405 amp for 28 years--had it modified by the Mod Squad in 1985.  Bought a pair of Vortex Screens by Von Schweikert in 1991.  Also added an Audible Illusions 2D preamp that was awesome.

The real obsession started again with the discovery of Audiogon in about 2006.  The opportunity to buy used allowed me to buy a much better than I would have at list prices system. I've gone through quite a bit of equipment, cables, tweaks, etc. since with the sound of live music deep inside my head.  The VMPS 626R with the addition of VMPS 215 VSS subwoofer really opened my ears to great sound.  I've had many lucky acquisitions, along with some well thought out buys and now my system is pretty much completed as long as things don't break.  The main players are VMPS, TRL, Nuforce, Lenco, Pete Riggle, Charisma, Whest, and Modwright.  Cables are from Clarity, LessLoss, Aether, Teo, JW, WyWires, Darwin, and Amadi.  The addition of PPT stuff a few years ago brought the sound to levels I did not thing I'd ever smell.  I'm just now completing my basement listening room which has been quite a fun time.  My brother Steve has been a great help in doing this.  He had maybe more fun than I did while helping to build out many custom features.  I will have plenty of space for more records, CDs, cassettes, and DVDs.  I was out of room before.  We also did the rest of the basement--it's close to finishing now. 





Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: FullRangeMan on 23 Aug 2020, 02:49 am
A victrola.
(https://image.coolblue.nl/max/500x500/products/1387545)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: AdeCardiffUK on 24 Aug 2020, 09:54 am
When I lived in Sydney in 1977 and walked into Miranda hifi store.  They had a pair of huge Infinity speakers with countless drive units playing the end of the 1812.  Wow!  I was then captivated by all the fabulous silver fronted systems in their branded cabinets.  Yamaha, Marantz, Teac, Luxman, Sansui, Pioneer, Akai, etc.   
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: McGee1987 on 29 Aug 2020, 10:24 pm
Hello World!
 :D Hello Audio Circle; I have loved listening to music since 8 track tapes on really crappy portable and in car players. Most vinyl I own is country music and it was my mothers.
My first HI-FI purchase in 90' was a Denon integrated receiver, Denon dual cassette (still have), Denon CD player, Sony LD/CD 5 disc combo player and Klipsch KG 2.2's (still have).
This was what I settled for until I bought Klipsch ChorusII's in 92' as my Mains and the KG became stereo surrounds. I would love to own a pair again, ignore the ratings i could run them at 600watts clipping and not break a sweat. I swapped the Denon for ADCOM Pre-amp and 555 II main amp 200st/600mono and a their 60 watt for the KG,  I cant remember the model.
Oh this was back in 97'. Now i have a Rotel Surround and multi-channel amp that are almost dead. Onkyo HTB 7channels and its crap. Until I have new speakers I am not buying new power. My music taste is all over the place.
I am not a fan of the new Klipsch speakers they all sound like crap, so over the years I have been searching for the Holly Grail in speakers and finally settled on GR Research designs.
It has taken 10 years to dig out of economic problems and looking at building to save money and get the quality I want. And now 2020 is the best year ever to do that.  :o
I can not cut a piece of wood square to save my life so this will be interesting.    :oops: Shawn
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Budget_Mike on 2 Sep 2020, 06:52 pm
Started for me a few years back with an interest in setting up a home theater system, then migrated to a good pair of headphones and REALLY realizing everything I was missing! That bridged to tons of hours of research, videos and learning the verbiage to now setting up a serious HiFi 2 channel system to listen to my new obsession with vinyl and obtaining the best sound possible.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: vkaul on 21 Sep 2020, 02:19 am
Friend of mine suggesting my son and I build a set of speakers during the Covid lockdown.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: DrJ-10 on 21 Sep 2020, 03:33 am
All right, I'll play.

I grew up around good stereo equipment -- Bozaks, Citations and McIntosh, Revox reel-to-reel and so forth -- and got my first stereo in Jr. High.  A few years later I heard DQ-10s, which I thought amazing (and bought), and then mated it with a reworked pair of Dyna Mk IIIs (8417 tubes) and a Precision Fidelity Preamp.  SOTA table, Premier arm, and various Denon cartridges.

The awakening happened when I heard the Beveridge Model 2-SWs and the Hill Plasmatroic loudspeakers.  I preferred the Bevs -- they simply were stunning.  I also heard properly set-up QUAD 57s in a great room.  Both showed me for the first time what stereo can do.

In the end I still remain more of a musician than a gear head.  I don't need or want super high-end stuff -- I just want to enjoy the music.  Still, I do have two pair of Bevs now.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: ermd1 on 21 Sep 2020, 02:05 pm
My initial passion struck in 2003; I started with M&K's since was good reputed brand.  Was quite happy with these for 17 years.
Then I started reading everything I could about speakers, receivers, etc. 
After listening to about 10 different brands including B&W, martin Logan, etc., Decided upon Salk.
Eagerly awaiting them to be manufactured !
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: ULTRABright on 24 Sep 2020, 04:06 pm
I have always been a lover of music. I worked in music venues all throughout undergrad and grad school and have spent countless hours listening on cheap, poorly set up gear and loving every minute of it. However, after Recently purchasing my first home I felt so compelled to finally build my first real system in a space that was truly my own, and I have really enjoyed the learning process. Hearing my favorite music on a proper reference setup makes it feel like I’m hearing all of my favorite albums for the first time again. This experience has been much more powerful to me than I expected.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Budget_Mike on 2 Oct 2020, 05:33 pm
I have always been a lover of music. I worked in music venues all throughout undergrad and grad school and have spent countless hours listening on cheap, poorly set up gear and loving every minute of it. However, after Recently purchasing my first home I felt so compelled to finally build my first real system in a space that was truly my own, and I have really enjoyed the learning process. Hearing my favorite music on a proper reference setup makes it feel like I’m hearing all of my favorite albums for the first time again. This experience has been much more powerful to me than I expected.

There's seriously NO BETTER FEELING.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: MatterG56 on 2 Oct 2020, 07:16 pm
Honestly pretty recently. I've always been interested in sound and stuff like that but it wasn't until relatively recently where due to covid, I kinda have more free time and decided to look into getting a sound system of my own. Still learning and figuring some stuff out but I gotta say it's been quite the fun journey truthfully.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Ribbontower on 10 Oct 2020, 08:09 pm
2014. Monmouth stereo red bank NJ. Monitor audio silver one, and an NAD316 BEE.
Record- Copper Blue by Sugar
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: BullBuchanan on 21 Nov 2020, 09:48 pm
2011 or so. We had just moved into a small apartment where my computer setup needed to be close to the livingroom, so I needed to get a pair of headphones to game without disturbing the Mrs, and so I could focus on what i was doing. A few dozen hours over a couple of days ;) later and I was learning what these "open back" headphones were all about. After perusing craigslist for a deal on some used Grados, that was all it took to set it off. Within months the house was filled with audio gear.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: robcraigw on 7 Dec 2020, 01:43 am
it started for me when I was about 10 years old, in the early 60's. I remember telling my Dad that we need to buy a new speaker for our hi-fi.  It became my hobby and hasn't stopped yet.

Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: SoundDecision on 21 Dec 2020, 12:37 am
My passion for music came first. I ask for and received a record player at age 6 for Christmas. From there it was buying pop 45s every week of whatever caught my attention on AM radio. By my early teens I built a 35W Heathkit receiver and some Heathkit bookshelf speakers and I was then buying rock LPs I heard on FM radio.

The bug bit me once and for all one evening in 1976. I was 16. I dropped off my parents at a garden club meeting and was given the green light to cruise around town and come back and pick them up in a couple of hours. I wasted no time racing to the new stereo shop that had recently opened. I walked into a shootout between two power amps, one from a competing store down the street. In front of me was two pairs of Dahlquist DQ-10s stacked vertically and as the tonearm dropped down and Carry On Wayward Son struck me in the chest and appeared before me as a wall of sound hanging between those speakers, there was no turning back!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: LarryD56 on 21 Dec 2020, 04:50 am
   I was in Jr. High in Morgantown, WV in the 60's and there was a record store with a stereo shop next door called Sound Investments. I went in to look at the records, then wandered over to the audio room. The clerks humored us by demonstrating the equipment. I became hooked and frequented the shop after school. I never lost interest. I have enough stuff to open my own shop right now.

  Larry D.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: irappaport on 22 Dec 2020, 04:00 pm
Hello all,
My passion started at a friends house listening to a hockey game in surround sound.  It was pretty incredible.  I then went to the CES show back in 2000 looking for a good quality surround system and wound up with a two channel audio system.  From there it's been a passion....
Ian
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: jakekluge on 6 Jan 2021, 08:41 pm
For me it was a gradual process.  My dad had a large system in the basement as I was growing up.  He had a Rega Planar 3 TT, a Conrad Johnson pre, and a bunch of Dynakit ST70 amps that he used to power some homemade push pull tower speakers (that used Dalesford drivers for the mid bass).  Whenever I felt brave enough I would try to figure out how to turn the system on, but never could.  I was barely tall enough to reach anything.  But it was the forbidden fruit.  I begged and begged for my own stereo and finally got it when I was twelve.  A Technics SL1200 and a Technics receiver, I can't remember the model.    Hooked for life.

For movies, it was when I realized that the reason there was a HIFI symbol on our VCR meant I could plug it into my stereo.  I plugged, put in the speeder bike scene from Return Of The Jedi, and the next thing I know I'm an audio engineer.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Big Red Machine on 7 Jan 2021, 01:40 am
Around 1974 when I began to play my albums versus my Dad's Herb Alpert and Mitch Miller records on his Utah speakers built into the living room wall with tubed amp and pull out drawer 6 record changer.

Then I bought my own JVC SR301 receiver in 1977ish and HAL speakers in the same room environment because I was working through high school and attending community college so I could afford my own gear.

Then in 1981 after the bachelors's degree I went out and bought some JBL L100's, 2 woofers, a Richter Scale xover, and an Adcom amp from the stereo shop in Oneonta and went straight to a bi-amped satellite system.

Never looked back. Spent the 90's with Acoustats and Hafler amps. Focused on MT in the 2000's until 2006ish when I went all in on Salk HT3's. Have had 33 amps since then!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: rockadanny on 7 Jan 2021, 05:27 pm
Up till 2005 I had what I considered decent gear from appliance/stereo stores (RTR III speakers, HK CDP, Kenwood receiver, solid copper house wire speaker wires). Then my HK CD player died so I went on-line to search for a replacement, and what I discovered ...  :o ... a world heretofore unknown to my myopic, pea-sized brain of high-end gear. Extensive searching opened up unlimited selections of gear and possibilities for acquiring. After a few mesmerized months I happened upon a local dealer who demoed gear in his home. Still no replacement CD player, I went there with an open mind ... and he blew it. That got me hooked into searching for all new gear. An audiophile was born.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: twitch54 on 7 Jan 2021, 06:04 pm
Upon hearing the song "In the Year 2525" as a kid

ahhhh yes, Zager & Evans, it was number one the summer of '69 as Armstrong stepped onto the moon ! I was a kid too, albeit a sophomore in High School !

My love of gear / music came about 7 years earlier when I heard my first stereo Lp played on my parents Stromberg Carlson Console Hi-Fi
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Behemoth60 on 17 Jan 2021, 12:14 am
September 1989.  My first year of university, living in a new city, not really knowing anyone.  There was a hifi store at the mall.  I went there a lot, and learned everything I could from the sales people about the Infinity Kappa speakers on display, and would listen in awe as they spoke about the now legendary IRS speakers.  I vowed to one day own a set of Kappa 9's. That still has not happened for me, but many years ago I did acquire a pair of infinitesimal 0.1's that I enjoy as my computer speakers. 
-Peter Straub
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Squeaks on 3 Feb 2021, 07:20 pm
It was third or fourth grade. I was in music class, teacher wanted us to listen to something. So he turned out the lights, and hit play.

What Ensued left me speechless. Things were coming from the left, right, center. It was dynamic. It flooded every sense I had, I was hooked from then on.

Track in question. https://youtu.be/4nMUr8Rt2AI
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Jedi9 on 4 Feb 2021, 02:28 pm
I remember quite clearly in late 1969 realizing that a lot of my peers had systems and wondering what the fuss was all about.
 More subtly, my father's influence in knowing something about and loving music was also at work. He was a guitar player, recreationally, but had played for a "living" briefly as a very young man with a country singer named Floyd Tillman ("hard core" country from the 30's forward).
So, I found the most popular hifi emporium in Houston and bought Akai Speakers, Sansui Receiver, Dual Turntable with Shure needle, zip cord wire and was in heaven.

Everything else since then is somehow connected to that beginning and the passion is as alive today as it was then (just bought a new amp, the NAD C298 and my wife of 50 years is gobsmacked at the sound, which means that it's a good piece. :)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: emyemyemyyy on 25 Feb 2021, 02:30 am
My (now fiancé) and I’d second date. We had been talking about music, and he was the only person I’d ever found who “got” it. I had no idea there was a whole community of us nuts! He played me Pink Floyd (naturally) on his B&W and that was the end of it for me. Currently listening to a pair of Vandersteen Model 1 with a Harman Kardon 730,  and collecting too much secondhand equipment.  :wink:
(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=221260)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=221260)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=221260)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: FullRangeMan on 25 Feb 2021, 02:57 am
Oh nice, you remember me the great Syd Barret
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H6ci4pAYiUw

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7c0EDM-Yu9o
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: laffy on 1 Mar 2021, 06:35 pm
When I got tired of buying 9 volt batteries and bought a bigger radio with an AC cord in 1964.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: RDavidson on 1 Mar 2021, 08:29 pm
I think it was probably the Sony Walkman that got me started. There was a clear difference in quality between cheap portable cassette players (and headphones) versus the better Sonys. Yeah...that was probably my very first foray into chasing better sound. I was just a kid. Fun memories of a simpler time! :D
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Tonyeezy on 4 Mar 2021, 07:52 am
Music had been a passion of mine for a long time, leading me eventually down the path of learning to play the bass guitar, but the high-end audio bug struck me when I first began to try and record my instrument in a home studio setting. Realizing how... poor... my amateur recording attempts sounded like made me fully grasp the extent to which attention to detail in the process of recording, mixing, mastering, etc. makes the world of a difference in how a song sounds, in how it resonates with your body and soul when you hear it. Naturally, that made me appreciate the reproduction of audio all the more and here I am today.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: keichan56 on 16 Mar 2021, 07:22 pm
For me, it all began as a teenager (late 60's) and cash has always been a restricting factor...but I did start out with a Naim amp, B&W speakers (terrible mismatch in regards to power capability/need!) and a Rega Planar 3 turntable with a Grace F9E cartridge - one of the few that could track the Telarc 1812 vinyl! Today, I'm in search of good bass, as 20kHz tweeters are almost unnecessary now!  :D
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Vinyl Rules! on 20 Mar 2021, 03:58 am
Hello Audio Circle friends,

Do you recall when the passion struck? Was it a single bolt of lightning or a slow reveal through multiple moments? Where were you and when? What type of music were you listening to? When did you become conscious of the fact it became a hobby (version a simple interest) ...or an obsession.

I thought answering this would be easy, but now realize that for me, it was a slow reveal with a lightning strike in the middle, which is when I was in London in 2011 for work. I went to Bond Street to look at watches (purely for fun) and to an audiophile store of which I can't remember the name. It was there that I got to listen to Big Love from Fleetwood Mac on a set of STAX SR-009.

That was it. I still love my Thiel speakers, Eagle amps, etc., but now I'm a headphone guy. Boom.

When I was a wee lad my grandfather had a 1940’s home entertainment console that contained an AM and shortwave tuner, a turntable, and a single large coaxial speaker. I would take every opportunity to listen to it, as his home was only a few hundred yards from mine. I am guessing I was 4 or 5 when I started and I delighted in pulling in foreign broadcasts on the S/W radio, particularly after sundown..

I think this interest in logging foreign broadcasts when I was a wee lad led to my working for the NSA later in life, but that’s another very long story.

Cheers
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Vinyl Rules! on 20 Mar 2021, 04:15 am
Hello Audio Circle friends,

Do you recall when the passion struck? Was it a single bolt of lightning or a slow reveal through multiple moments? Where were you and when? What type of music were you listening to? When did you become conscious of the fact it became a hobby (version a simple interest) ...or an obsession.

I thought answering this would be easy, but now realize that for me, it was a slow reveal with a lightning strike in the middle, which is when I was in London in 2011 for work. I went to Bond Street to look at watches (purely for fun) and to an audiophile store of which I can't remember the name. It was there that I got to listen to Big Love from Fleetwood Mac on a set of STAX SR-009.

That was it. I still love my Thiel speakers, Eagle amps, etc., but now I'm a headphone guy. Boom.

I “thought” I had a good system (AR receiver/AR 3a speakers/AR turntable w/Shure V-15 Type 3 phono cartridge) until I heard “Tubular Bell’s” on a ………

Audio Research SP-3a/Audio Research D-75’s/Magnaplanar Tympani 1-D speakers in in a Sound Approach audio store in Norfolk, Virginia in 1972.

I was gobsmacked by this demo and life changed for me.

Cheers 😎
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: akadrhouse on 26 Mar 2021, 03:41 pm
I had just started high school and my father bought me a Sears Rack system (100 WPC!!!!  :lol:) for my birthday and a friend bought me So by Peter Gabriel.  Near-field loud listening in my room was Nirvana and about as good as other discoveries of the time  8).  Starting joining Columbia House over and over again and recording albums to tape. 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Dr Pain on 4 Apr 2021, 05:52 pm
Started when I was 8th grade. I skipped school to hear a friend's Rotel amp and Jensen speakers. He and his older brother had purchased the system together.  I do not remember what turntable he was using. The bass was so powerful and the Jensen's moved so much air I could feel it in my chest and my pant legs moved. Wicked cool for a young kid who had never heard any music beyond what was on TV. I was poor and could not afford to buy a system, but I had a paper route. I spent the next year delivering papers and scrounging for old consoles, speakers, cassette players anything I could find on trash day. I cobbled together a turntable with washers and bolts for counter weights, a cassette deck I rigged up to serve as an phono / amp, and Zenith speakers ripped from several consoles, connected with lamp cord. It did not sound great, but it stirred a passion and addiction for audio and tweaks.                           
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: mwstewart01 on 11 Apr 2021, 05:31 pm
18 year old me was driving down the road with my father by my side, when I spotted a small Hi-Fi store. We stopped by and met the owner of 40 years. Since we had time to kill, the owner was kind enough to demo some Maggie’s. I was blown away and I knew I then wanted to replicate that experience. 2 years later here I am. Diving headfirst into the audiophile world  :D


Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: musicman29 on 13 Apr 2021, 10:40 pm
Hi - New to this site. The  bug hit me when I was very young. Along with my 2 parents, I am the youngest of 6 kids. We always had a stereo in out LR and we all somehow took turns playing the music we liked. My dad played his swing and big band 78's, my mom listened to opera every Saturday, and my older siblings introduced me to anything from Metheny to Zappa to Tull to the soundtrack to American Graffiti. It was years before I developed my own tastes and built a system in my won room, but that's where it all started. I miss those times.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: eslheadphone on 15 Apr 2021, 02:30 pm
Whe I was a teenager my father built a Heathkit. His success sparked my interest.  I watched him build speakers , amplifier,  FM tuner and an add on stereo multiplexer.  That was over 40 years ago. Still hooked.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: fre11111 on 6 May 2021, 08:04 pm
Frederick here. Mine Started back in school in the 90s reading my first Car Audio Magazine. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Desertpilot on 6 May 2021, 08:55 pm
Mid 60s began the passion.  Mom was an opera Soprano and practiced all day long.  Dad bought her a huge console LP player which I immediately took over for Beatles albums.  Of course, Dad chased me off it by buying me an all-in-one record player.  But, I loved that portable player.  All grown up now and I am almost all classical with some jazz.

Marcus
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Scroof Neachy on 6 May 2021, 09:33 pm
When I got my first and only system - pictured below.


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=224259)
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: gmfisher on 12 May 2021, 03:50 pm
I remember well my realisation that sound quality was important to me.

I was finally buying my first "real" system, as in not a boom box!  :lol:

Went to the store armed with a wide cross section of CDs with the various genres I listen to and a budget.
The sales rep eventually left me alone as I listened to each CD on every system at or around my price point.

Eventually went home with a Yamaha separate system, which was neither the most expensive nor the loudest nor the "boomiest" (?).
But the clarity of the sound was fantastic.
As I learned and evolved, that system grew with me.
Had my listening room setup *just* right so that with the right recording, I got surround sound effect from the 2 speakers.
Absolutely loved it.
To this day, clarity over cost and loudness continues to be my theme.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Rmbottojr on 31 May 2021, 08:49 pm
As far back as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with audio.  It transitioned from listening to creating, and now it’s been a mix of the two.  More stereo listening to vinyl since lately, and been bit hard by both.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: I.Greyhound Fan on 1 Jun 2021, 04:16 am
1976, my first year in college when I heard an all marantz system.  Although it could be a few years earlier when my father built an all tube Heathkit tube amp, preamp, tuner and TT.  He was an electrical engineer so it was a piece of cake for him.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: rollo on 1 Jun 2021, 03:28 pm
  50 years ago. Still trucking.

charles
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Donnie Mulligan on 4 Jun 2021, 08:23 pm
My most resent bolt of audiophile awareness came from my DIY Speaker build. I paid about $270 for a DIY speaker kit,  put it together very quickly and haphazardly and it out  performed ALL of my previous store bought speakers. Some costing nearly 10 times as much. This lit a fire in me to step up and do better. Better quality sound does not have to cost more.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: docwong on 15 Jun 2021, 07:39 am
Mine started 30 years ago when I met with tube amps and Quad 57s and a nice turntable.  I listened and was instantly hooked.  While still in college I met Richard Fry of Spectural Audio, who sold me one of his pre-amps and with their advice got a budget amp (Dynaco monoblocks), Connoisseur Turntable and a set of Quad ESL 57s.  Today I still have the quads, a better turntable but with the same preamp and amp and still loving it!

Adding to that I have 10 of Danny's GR Research speakers for my computer room, media room and kitchen/dining/living room combinations.

Now I'm toying with the idea of selling the Quads and getting Danny's NX-Otica Speakers and an Open Baffle woofer!!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: mav52 on 15 Jun 2021, 11:52 am
Mine started in 1970.We had a Stereo store and the guy sold Marantz Tube and McIntosh gear, Fisher, AR speakers, KLH Speakers, Dual, Garrard, Quad a host of Reel to Reels I can't remember. 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Hypersonic on 10 Jul 2021, 05:54 pm
I loved music from as young as I can remember.  The quest for ever-better sounding equipment started with the cheap tabletop Panasonic my parents bought in the '70's to replace our mono am radio; what had i been missing?.  Later plugged into that same Panasonic the get-well gift my mom's boss bought me in the early '80's - decent but not high end headphones.  I heard things I had never heard before and was hooked ...  it got worse / better from there.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: speltz on 16 Jul 2021, 12:41 pm
2009 ... The Beatles were releasing their remastered box sets. I was only using a boombox at the time but I wanted to get a proper stereo system in order to appreciate the "new" release. I started with a pair of vintage speakers and I've been adding and tweaking ever since. A lot of $$ has gone out the door in those 12 years!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Buena1 on 19 Jul 2021, 11:59 pm
Hi all,
I think I got bit by the analog bug because of live music’s ability to surround the listener and plaster a smile there that only can be had by going to another concert. I knew digital music could sound clean and clear, but had not been exposed to what a good analog system could do. I had bought a few records over the years played on an old dual. Then I acquired a crate of records from my wifes father.  I bought a cheap direct drive numark dj table and mounted a stanton mkIII cart, then a shure 97xe, and on to jico sas upgrade. I figured I had better give these records a solid presentation before I would let them go. Since those earlier days , separates have entered the picture and listening life has forever changed! I feel very fortunate that people share their experiences with audio as the help navigating components is invaluable. Hope to return the favor as the sounds just get better the more I learn.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: omkazn on 21 Jul 2021, 05:59 pm
The passion actually clicked during COVID-19. Once you’ve been forced to shelter in place for months and not travel, you end up wondering what to use that money you otherwise would’ve spent on travel for. What better way to enjoy home life than sprucing you your audio set up? Once I started upgrading and learning the intricacies of what makes great sound, I was hooked!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Stib on 22 Jul 2021, 12:02 am
It's hard to pinpoint THE exact moment my eyes were opened to the Hifi world. Firstly because it's always been about music, not audio, and my passion for music goes back to even before I can remember. At 14 I spent my "confirmation" money on a Fisher stereo. That gave me a lot of joy, but it wouldn't have been anyone's idea of "Audiophile". In my early twenties I was ready to upgrade. I got a pair of Snell E3s privately from a an employee in a local hifi shop and that was my first "Audiophile" purchase. The natural, very musical sound of the Snells made listening to music so much more enjoyable. I remember how they made albums like Jeff Buckley's "Grace", Ben Harper's "Fight For Your Mind" and Maria Mckee's "You've Gotta Sin To Get Saved" so much more powerful and intimate. Since then I've always valued musicality, naturalness and air above most other parameters in hifi...
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Arenoso on 29 Jul 2021, 01:25 pm
Hmnnn what a great topic for an intro! I think I was hooked when listening to the radio premiere/release of Wish you Were Here at 15, through a home made mono setup consisting of some full range drivers rescued from a brothel inside a couple of cardboard boxes and tied to the heating pipes and then realizing how much one can be transported by psycho acoustics and artists. I had already been touched by some JBL magic at a friend’s house so when I went past hi-end audio stores I knew that a world was waiting to be explored. Each little step thereafter has been joyous, even menial scenarios have allowed for learning and now, here, I hope to continue the journey amongst kindred spirits. Simple setup, Linn Majik and Totem Arro at the moment. Cheers!
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Ronnmaui on 30 Jul 2021, 12:28 am
Great topic: I can remember the early years going to my best friends house when I was 12 and his dad had a built-in Scott Integrated amp and turn table and small Wharfedale floor speakers. Gorgeous stuff. I lived in a small apartment and had a Panasonic amp combo with turntable and 8 Track deck stack unit.  So years later, a friend of my dad give him: Fairchild turntable, Dynaco separate amps and preamp, (2) "massive" 15" electro voice speakers and T-35 Tweeters and huge electro voice cross overs. I never saw any thing like this.  So, I took my two small dressers and pulled all the clothes out and put plywood on the front and stuffed it will insulation and mounted the speakers and hooked it up.  I remember listening to Jethro Tull, Thick as Brick a 1000 times.  From there, I bought a nice Pioneer receiver from a friend and a pair of Yamaha speakers. Then, when I got to working, Luxman L110 and T-110 tuner, and then Kinergetics KBA 100 and then Adcom, B&K.  I have owned Bose 901, Walsh 4's,  Real to Real/Legacy Audio Classics, Thiel 03As, Mirage OM7s.   I am retired now with a Peachtree Nova 125 and Legacy Audio Monitors but I have a nice room upstairs I would like to start some trouble in.  I like Luxman or Accuphase integrated, and Thiel CS 2.4?  I love Salk Audio, Kerr Acoustics, Nestorovic 5As and Obelisk/Shahinian.  That is my journey so far. 
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: MttBsh on 30 Jul 2021, 01:18 am
  I remember listening to Jethro Tull, Thick as Brick a 1000 times.   

I listened to Thick as a Brick 1000 times too, and saw them on the 1972 Thick as a Brick tour, my favorite concert of all time. 49 years later I still listen to the album frequently, the Steven Wilson remaster sounds fantastic on a nice audio system.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: DannyBadorine on 30 Jul 2021, 04:18 am
I was 12 years old and riding with my dad in his truck when Pink Floyd "Brain Damage" and Eclipse was on the radio.  I asked him who it was and he said "Pink Floyd" while turning it up loud. That was the moment.
Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: ElMuchacho on 7 Aug 2021, 08:52 am
As I read the main post, these thoughts came to mind. I have an older brother that is into cars and audio. Through him, I learned about a stereo with towers and audio systems in vehicles. Eventually, I found a Technics receiver and hooked up some Sony stand mount speakers. It sounded good, but back in those days good to me was loudness with clarity.
Fast forward a few years, I purchased my first car.  As it was my “race car” I did not add a system to it, but did on my second car. That is when I wanted subwoofers to add to the music enjoyment. Comparing the music reproduction to my car and brother’s stereo I said there is something missing here. I lowered the input sensitivity on the subwoofer amplifier so that the front mains blend with the low-end extension. It sounded more balanced, but there was something still missing.
Years later when I got into mobile audio, I purchased equipment with sound quality in mind. Most importantly powerful components that had great mid bass as I remembered that it was one thing that lacked in my previous car. From there, clarity imaging, etc. was my goal.
This year, about six months ago, I got into home audio. I thought I can reproduce music better in my home, let’s give it a shot. After researching different components, I decided to purchase what I have now. My goal was to have a budget stereo system that was able to get loud yet sound great doing it. Thanks to some of the people I follow on YouTube, they confirmed what to expect from the given components that I purchased.
I have never heard a system like mine. Keep in mind that i do not have friends that are into audio like me, so I have not auditioned many stereo's. Considering the world we live in today, I have not had a chance to visit any dealers and listen to more speakers. You guys, I think the audio bug has bit me.

My System:
Outlaw Audio RR2160MKII
Elac Audio UB52 2.0 stand mounts
Monoprice Monolith 32” stands
Two Elac Audio 10” subwoofers
Mounted above my Outlaw Audio to keep cool:

Currently using Amazon music and Spotify to stream. I plan to purchase a record player in the future….
 

Title: Re: Audiophile Moment - When did the passion strike?
Post by: Dodgeshackley on 15 Aug 2021, 12:57 am
🤦‍♂️Trying to hook my long time 2 channel kenwood ka3500 amplifier to a modern tv when i bought my first home. I got fed up shopping for converters and bought an upper level marantz av. It never sounded as good as my great grandmothers amplifier she passed down. It was then that I realized i had both feet in the rabbit hole and was getting sucked in. Its one of my favorite hobbies. I look forward to meeting you all!-Dodge