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    Posted: 03 Aug 2017 at 3:36pm
I have just returned from a long holiday in the USA and as we will be repeating this several times a year I have to accept a different type of listening when away for so long. On a long haul flight, FLACs via the Bitzie sound great but once with my Daughters family, headphones become mostly impractical (& selfish!). So for 6 weeks I have been listening to their much more humble setup - music was playing almost all the time & we went to a festival & several live gigs too.


They have one of my older turntables feeding into a large Marshall Woburn speaker but with two cats & a lively 16 month old, vinyl rarely gets played. It's also a Bluetooth device so the son in law streams 256k AAC music from Apple Music and I must say that this sounds surprisingly pleasant - I guess 'gigantic' American living spaces help in this respect. I was also able to hook the Bitzie up directly & the change in quality was noticeable even though it's still a long way from 'hifi'.

Now the surprising bit...

They run a number of Air BnB's as a business and in several of these they have a House of Marley Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker - a tiny little thing which somehow manages to sound warm/full at medium-low volumes with quite a nice tone for something so diminutive, no deep bass but nicely voiced. I admit to being quite impressed on the occasions we helped with the cleaning and many of their guests seemed so as well.

Another surprise - my son in law also uses Bluetooth headphones (Marley Smile) with his iPhone and when I paired these with FLACs from my phone they are also very listenable. I expected a very compromised frequency range but this wasn't so - maybe age is affecting my hearing? Nevertheless I intend to get a pair for walks into town etc, the convenience of having no wires is a bonus.

So what I am saying is that although it's great to be back to my own system, I realise I have had a lot of fun listening more to music for its own sake than I have for a long time. I have also discovered a load of great new artists, mostly in the electronic/dub/ambient genre which the family like so much. 

I have enjoyed this 'simple listening' every bit as much as high end stuff at home and that has to be a good thing, doesn't it?

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Know what you mean on this. When I've been away I love hearing my music on my system again but enjoy the music I hear on my travels. That can be in cafes and bars, family and friends' homes.
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I must say that I'm much the same. My tastes in music inspired me to buy in high fidelity sound equipment so I could appreciate it even more. But I can still appreciate great music out of my laptop speakers or from my Dad's cheap radio. The source material is always the most important determinant of enjoyment , for me. I stopped listening to music with high fidelity headphones a couple of years ago now. I only have one K1000 these days and I may even sell that eventually. My enjoyment hasn't reduced and it has been nice listening simply for a while.
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Agreed here, too!
    In the car or through the little portable stereo at work, music is music and I enjoy all of it. I suppose the difference is that when I'm at home in front of the "big system", I deliberately listen far more intently to every nauance of phrasing I can. I love getting deeper inside what the artists do to be so expressive. They're the details I don't get in other listening, for sure. However, listening through other means is more about the overall vibe and groove and that still keeps me happy.
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I come from a background of listening to video game music, which is mostly computer-generated sounds. As long as it is well mastered and the speakers aren't harshly bright or obnoxiously boomy at low to moderate volume, I can be happy listening with almost anything. I listen to the music composition; if the playback equipment compliments its reproduction, even better. Smile
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