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Personal Listening Environment # 2

By January 20, 2012March 12th, 2012No Comments

If you spend as much time in your personal listening room as I do, you hear many different things and you become comfortable with the sound in your room because you have worked hard to get it to sound the way you want it to. I believe most of us set up our personal listening environments in a manner that allows us to hear as much of the music as we can. This attention to sonic detail helps us develop an emotional connection with the music.

One of the many things I notice is that when I enter my personal listening environment is that the outside world does not follow me into the room. It is almost like some type of force field that will not allow the energy of the existing and outside world in. This really becomes apparent when you hit the play button on the remote. If the “force field” is strong enough to keep out the outside world by just closing its door, it completes the job when music fills the room. What a joy to not think or hear anything but music; feel anything but emotion.

Sometimes on recordings that you have played over and over, you will hear a new sound. You know the recordings I mean. They are the ones that you know every pause or breath the lead singer takes and every note the guitar player uses on a fiery break. They are your comfort and go to songs when you really need to disconnect. Somehow, someway, you bend down to pick something off the floor and just as your ears move in a vertical plane down the speaker’s vertical axis, you, for a split moment hear something new. You pause, take a breath and reach for the remote. There it is again. Thank you, room !

Sometimes one can connect so well to the music that dancing and air guitar behavior occurs. Now, this is a real connection. It is a digital cable from your ears to your heart. It can be facilitated by time shifting your stream of consciousness through the use of intoxicating beverages. I don’t know why the volume is increased in direct proportion to the amount of fluids ingested. It seems to always be the case when you check the gain control the next morning. Perhaps beverages of this nature should come out with a warning label that states: Expect 10 dB increase in SPL for every 12 ounces consumed.


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