Is most of your income being spent on Audio equipment? Are you particular about how and where your speakers are placed? Do you only listen to Hi-Fi audio? Well, if you answered any of these questions as ‘Yes’, then the chances are that you are an Audiophile.
Audiophiles are individuals who have a passion for high-quality sound reproduction. They are people who seek the best possible listening experience, and they often invest significant amounts of money in their audio equipment. Audiophiles are not just music lovers, but they are also passionate about the technical aspects of sound reproduction.
The goal of the audiophile is to recreate the music as accurately as possible, so they can experience it the way the artist intended. Audiophiles often spend significant amounts of time researching and selecting their audio equipment. They seek out the best amplifiers, speakers, and other devices to provide them with the most accurate and detailed sound possible.
An amplifier is one of the most essential devices that audiophiles use. An amplifier increases the power of an audio signal, making it loud enough to be heard through speakers. Audiophiles look for powerful amplifiers that can handle a wide range of frequencies without distortion. They often choose amplifiers that use tubes, known for producing a warmer, more natural sound than solid-state amplifiers.
Speakers are also a critical component of any audiophile’s sound system. Some audiophiles prefer speakers with a neutral sound, while others prefer speakers with a more distinctive sound signature. Audiophiles look for speakers that can reproduce sound accurately and precisely. They look for speakers with a comprehensive frequency response that is capable of handling high volumes without distortion.
Headphones are another essential device for audiophiles. Headphones allow audiophiles to enjoy music without disturbing others. They also provide a more intimate listening experience, allowing the listener to hear details in the music that may be missed by speakers. Audiophile-grade headphones are designed to produce a flat frequency response, meaning they do not artificially boost or suppress any frequencies. This allows the listener to hear the music as it was recorded without coloration.
Digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) are also essential devices for audiophiles. A DAC converts a digital audio signal into an analogue audio signal that can be amplified and played through speakers or headphones. Audiophiles look for DACs that can reproduce sound with high precision and accuracy. They often prefer DACs that use high-quality components and can handle high-resolution audio files.
Cables are another critical component of any audiophile’s sound system. Audiophiles look for cables made from high-quality materials, such as copper or silver. They also look for cables with low resistance and capable of handling high frequencies without distortion.
Audiophiles also pay close attention to the placement of their speakers and the acoustics of their listening environment. They often use acoustic treatments to reduce reflections and improve sound quality. They also experiment with different speaker placements to find the optimal listening position.
Portable DAC – Astell&Kern – AK PA10
Astell&Kern – AK PA10 has a natural and spacious analogue sound, further enhanced by its exclusive TERATON ALPHA technology. The AK PA10 integrates an analogue Class-A AMP based on the unique circuit design technology of Astell&Kern, offering signature analogue sounds. It comes with AK PA10’s Current control, Gain control, and Crossfeed options for digital audio players and source devices. The AK PA10 hosts a built-in 4,200 mAh battery for 12 hours of continuous playback.
Priced at Rs: 54,999
Headphones – Sennheiser HD 660S2
Across the entire frequency spectrum, the HD 660S2 delivers a refined listening experience thanks to improved transducer airflow and a refined voice coil. The transducer surround drops the resonant frequency from 110 Hz (original HD 660S) down to 70 Hz for kick drums. The outer mesh grilles are crafted to manage airflow at the ideal impedance. It can be used with Hi-Fi gear from DAC-amps, DAPs, and dedicated amplifiers such as the Sennheiser HDV 820.
Priced at Rs: 54,999
In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) – Sennheiser IE 200
Based on Sennheiser TrueResponse Transducer technology, the IE 200 features a 7-millimetre extra-wide band transducer for exceptional quality. The acoustic fleece smoothens treble for fatigue-free listening, and the polymer blend diaphragm ensures ultra-fast transient response and clarity. All this is housed in a compact shell with an MMCX connector to connect the bundled braided cable. The bundled braided cable is reliable, features adjustable ear hooks, is optimised for low body noise, and terminates to a standard 3.5mm connection.
Priced at Rs: 14,990
Speakers – Klipsch R-41M 200W 2.0 Channel Wired Bookshelf Speaker
The Klipsch R-41M utilises Tractrix horn technology that directs high-frequency energy directly towards listeners. This helps eliminate unnecessary reverb generated by indirect sound bouncing off of walls. This results in a clear and detailed sound. R-41M features a lightweight and durable Injection Molded Graphite (IMG) woofer that offers excellent bass output while reducing the cone breakup and distortion to nothing. You can get the best-in-class speaker efficiency when connected with the R-41M with Tractrix Horn-Loaded Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) Tweeter.
Priced at Rs: 31,999
Hi-Res Digital Audio Player – Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 with Wi-Fi
Sony, with their NW-ZX707, has mastered unique sound processing technology to enable Hi-Res music playback. It reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies for rich and full-bodied sound, further enhanced by new high-quality sound lead-free solder. It features S-Master™ HX digital amp technology, is compatible with the Native DSD format, and supports Balanced and high power output. It comes with a 5” touchscreen display, with up to 25 Hours of 44.1kHz FLAC playback, up to 23 Hours of 96kHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback, or up to 22 hours with music apps on one charge.
Priced at Rs: 74,990.
Crossbeats Soundbar BLAZE
Crossbeats has rolled out its new soundbar called BLAZE. Little low on the radar, but for those who are price conscious, BLAZE gives a cinematic surround sound and 24W dynamic drivers. The 43mm dual bass systems ensure that every beat is delivered with precision and power and passive radiator setup installed helps to deliver deeper pitches. The premium Black ABS body with metal grill finish look sleek and ensure durability and its IPX4 water-resistant design enhances its longevity. It features a 1200 mAh battery with up to 8 hours of playtime and supports Type-C SnapChargeTM for quick and easy charging. The speaker also offers multiport connectivity options, as well as TWS pairing with all devices. Priced at only Rs 1,799.