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What was your Ah ha! moment in becoming an Audiophile?
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Since I am a little older and everything now a-days is crystal clear because it is digital (not counting the lo bandwidth mp3 music out there), it took me a while to realize that my 3rd generation recorded-over cassette tapes sounded like junk and those cheapo boom-boxes from my teens were no better than toys. After several years with a computer (starting in 2000) and learning how to mix my music, I finally discovered my "critical ears". So eventually 2 things helped me with my AH-HA moment:
1. Buying my first set of Studio Monitors 10 years ago, which I still use. When I am at home, I dont listen to anything without them, even watching movies.
2. Being a musician, I am in a band and we deadened our practice room. No echoes and no natural reverb, it is completely dry. There is nothing to hide the mistakes or bad tone. We all had to "up" our game and fine tune our sound and style which made us better musicians because every mistake is in your face. It taught us to play cleaner and more accurately. We can even record in there. We add the natural sounding reverb in post production.