Hey there, how many of you love music but want to take your music listening experience to a whole new level? or are you just sick of listening to low quality BS and don’t know how to go beyond that? well you’ve come to the right place, cause I’m here to give you tips on getting a truly snazzy audio listening experience.
1. Quality is crucial!!
Where do you download your music from? do you use mp3’s? The main ingredient to good audio lies in the bit-rate. That is the speed at which the song is transfered from your audio player to your oh so lovely ears. Also, the file format and compression rate plays an essential role. For example, songs downloaded from youtube have a bitrate of 64kbps and are 94%compressed. this is terrible. Normal mp3’s downloaded of iTunes, Amazon, mp3skull, 4shared, etc. range from a bitrate of 192kbps to 320kbps and are 73& compressed. word of advice, if you’re going to use mp3’s, please use only 320kbps, below that just doesn’t feel good anymore. Now there are levels higher than mp3, which are lossless formats such as FLAC and Apple Lossless. FLAC(Free Lossless Audio Codec) and ALAC(Apple Lossless Audio Codec) have bitrate’s ranging from 700kbps to 2000kbps and have a compression rate of 37%! Amazing right? This lets us listen to the audio at blazing fast speeds, think of it as HD MUSIC. It’s kind of hard to find FLAC and ALAC files on the regular site’s but you can check out less legal sites to download them such as thepiratebay.se or other torrent sites.
If you’re going to be listening to flac on you’re ipod or iphone, you’re going to have to convert it to apple lossless (alac) first but thats simple and can be done with the help of software called “dBpoweramp”. If you’re going to be listening to flac on a PC, my favorite music player is winamp or winamp pro, it gives you detailed info on the songs including bitrate and also imports you’re existing itunes music library and syncs with ipods!! huzzah! I don’t use a mac but as far as I know Fildellia or vox.app are great for playing flac files.
2. Hardware Matters too!
It’s not just the software you have to pay attention to, it’s also what you listen to the songs on that matters! First and foremost, invest in a decent pair of headphones! Don’t cheap out and please for the love of God don’t use the stock apple earphones, and beats! for more detailed information on headphones check out headphonemecca.com it’s an easy to use site that has a list of headphones depending on your budget! But it’ not just the headphones you know. Headphones require a certain amount of energy or power in order to run great and today’s generation of tech does not have the capability to run these headphones properly so sound quality will be lost and you’ll get sort of a hissing noise at the back, this is known as distortion. But alas! there is a way to fix this via the help of amplifiers! Amps are connected to your ipod/iphone/mp3player/pc to boost the power. There are a variety of amps available both portable and desktop. Portable’s have a li-on battery in them so you can charge them for on the go use. I personally use the Fiio E6 but if you have the cash to blow definitely go with the digizoid zo2. You can also go for the Rocoo-P from HiSound Audio which is an mp3 player with a built in class A amp. Desktop amps use USB port connection and are of a higher quality as compared to portables. You can also add on a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) to maximize the awesomeness. There are many good desktop amps so you’re gonna have to do some research if you’re willing to get one, but you can also get the HiFiMan EF2A which is a DAC/AMP, so it’s 2 in 1.
And With that we reach the conclusion to our guide to better music, so thanks for reading folks and let’s hope your audio set-up, gets snazzed!