Computer Music Listening

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Computer Music Listening

Hi - I was interested in the review of the computer speakers in the new Gramophone.

 

These days I tend to do most of my listening from my Macbook Pro, at my desk, while I'm working (or should be working).

I've ripped my CDs to Apple Lossless, and use a pair of Grado 325's with an iBasso D10 Amp/DAC, and I'm very happy with the results I get.

My speakers are Bose companion 3 - but recently I've been very tempted by the B&W MM1 - though they are pretty pricey, I'm wondering if their hi-fi performance justifies the investment? Or whether the German set featured in the mag are as good (sorry don't have my copy to hand and I can't remember the manufacturers details!)? Or should I save my pennies and stick with Bose? Maybe Andrew can advise?  Think of it as a mini edition of the much missed (by me at any rate) Audio Ambulance feature :)

 

More generally, how many Forum members are like me and do much of their listening via computer equipment these days?

 

AVL

 

 

RE: Computer Music Listening

avl06 wrote:

Or should I save my pennies and stick with Bose?

I think I'd have to expect a serious improvement in sound quality over what I'd already got to consider buying the B&W MM1s - diminishing returns and all that - especially as they won't better your headphones.

The 'German set' is the Teufel Concept B200 - an amp + speakers set-up which certainly seems to get good reviews (as Teufel kits generally seems to), although at around £180 it's still quite pricey.

As an alternative, and if you have the space, you could just get an entry-level amp & some small speakers from somewhere like Richer Sounds (assuming you're UK based).

After all, there's nothing intrinsically 'better' about a system that's been designed to look good on a desktop - in fact, that may actually impose limitations and increase costs.

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More generally, how many Forum members are like me and do much of their listening via computer equipment these days?

I certainly do, since I spend 8-10 hrs a day working in front of a computer.

Doubtless it will be anathema to some, to listen to 'serious' music in such an environment, but I don't tend to subscribe to the view that you must do nothing when you listen.

Moreover, not listening when at my computer would reduce the time I have available to listen to music by 1/2 to 2/3. Yes, some may say that's a "never mind the quality, feel the width" sort of argument, but perhaps I'm just the sort of person who'd rather have had the chance to listen to something in less-than-perfect conditions, rather than not at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"

- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.

RE: Computer Music Listening

Perhaps it would be easier and of better quality to link the computer to your HiFi?

See the forum discussion

Linking a Laptop to Hi-Fi

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