So, Brian brings up an interesting subject, having a bourbon or let’s say any good strong drink and listening to music. Now, just wandering, does this enhance or detract from a good listening experience? No criticism from me on how anyone listens to music, for me alcohol deadins my ability to concentrate on all the nuances/details of the recording. The highs and lows don’t seem to have the impact. Not talking hammered out of my mind, just one good drink. So, does this help or hinder others abilities to really “hear” the music. Just wandering?
I think having one or two drinks while listening to music wouldn’t have much effect. Helps most people relax so that should add to a positive listening experience. Alcohol is a depressant so it may affect your mood and attention if you’re sensitive to the effects. Good music and good bourbon is an excellent cocktail!
Great point Arkmann. I can only have about one shot of bourbon in my drink before it hampers my ability for deep concentration. I’m not unique in any way, when listening to music, I listen for every little detail in the instruments, the tones, the volume changes, the highest to lowest notes. It sometimes, often, depending on what I’m listening too, causes me deep emotion inside. It is a shame, no one I know now listens to music in this fashion, only earbuds, phones or car and can’t understand the hobby if you will of listening to music. Sometimes it would be nice to share this with another.
I love LISTENING to music period. I love it when I am completely sober, and when I have had a drink or whatever. I also know that most people are more “background “ listeners than really paying attention to the music as the artist intended.Unfortunately the people that really want to stop talking and listen are in the minority.That’s why I usually listen by myself. I think that the more people that really hear music on a great system with speakers like Arendal provides are more likely to hear/listen to music because of the pleasure it provides.Thanks for your comment,Jay
Agree there are a relatively small number of people that care about the source and sound of their music enough to spend the time, effort and money we do to get something we really appreciate. Most people I know that love music don’t know or care much about their equipment. Many people choose convenience over sound quality and I get it but for me if it doesn’t sound great I’m not happy listening. There’s a big difference between the music you hear at a pool party and sitting alone at the end of the day in a listening room setup with the best equipment one can afford. I raise my glass to all in our community that love music and choose to listen through Arendals!
So well said Arkmann. You nailed it as to exactly how I feel. When I’m working outside, building something in my shop, etc background music gets on my nerves. Sitting on a quiet morning, afternoon or evening with nothing else I need to consentrate on or worry about is my best listening times.
Hi James, that is why myself, I prefer listening alone in my house with no distractions. The wife goes with her friends to ride their horses and my mind is saying, yes time for a good listening session. Especially now that fall has arrived and winter is next.
I enjoyed my music listening sessions immensely; however, the solitude is what eventually led me back to home theater. That being said, these days, I mainly listen to music via my desk headphone setup.