Seems like music is now more important than ever. We’re definitely listening to more music at home than we could have ever imagined. But it’s not just casual listening that’s increasing – more people now have the time and interest in seriously sitting down and listening to music or even an entire album.
I can’t tell you the last time I’ve listened to the entire Beach Boys album – Endless Summer – but guess what – I’ve listened to it at least four times in the last few weeks. I listened to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band all the way through a few times too. I’ve also been playing all sorts of music my kids would probably never listen to but they seem to enjoy jazz and classic rock when they’re hanging out with me listening to vinyl on a two channel system.
If you’re familiar with what we do, you’ve probably heard me say that what we really want to do at Soundlux Audio is to get people thinking about improving their listening experience. People spend so much time listening to music but the quality of the experience is typically not very good.
Improving our listening experience isn’t necessarily an expensive endeavor but it should be thoughtful. Start by asking yourself questions like what type of music do you enjoy listening to? Where are you going to spend most of your time listening? Do you want a private experience with headphones or do you want to share the experience in a room with speakers? Often, a listening experience can be greatly enhanced without new equipment. Just adjusting the placement of speakers or being more thoughtful about the listening position is a great place to start.
Don’t get bogged down in technical specifications of equipment or necessarily everything you might read in online reviews. Go with pieces of equipment that you connect with when you’re listening. This might take a bit of trial and error but when you get it right and put together a system that you really emotionally connect with – it will reward you with endless hours of enjoyment and satisfaction.