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I generally do not listen to music when my wife is around.  I come from a family that was deeply involved in music.  When I listen to music I become involved in it and the rest of the world gets blocked out.  It seems that when I am most deeply into the music my wife will start talking to me and POP, the moment is gone.  It seems to me that music is only background to my wife.  Something to put on while she is doing something else.

Does this explain the popularity of low res music?  Noise to play in the background.  Do these people actually enjoy music?

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I can relate to that. I have music on only when I have time to actually sit down and listen. No background music- really listen. 95% classical, 100% engaged. Average 60-90 minutes a day. I was brought up in a home where my father had classical on almost constantly, even out in his shop working. I cannot do that, music requires my full attention. 

 

As for my dear wife, she is like yours - always doing something else, scanning email or playing word games on the laptop. Music to her is background as well. I play it a bit softer when she is in the room - even choosing less "bombastic" pieces. No Shostakovich 5. But when she leave the room...

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Agreed.

 

Also, there are people who never do listening tests.  Music is just confirmation bias.


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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1 minute ago, Ralf11 said:

Agreed.

 

Also, there are people who never do listening tests.  Music is just confirmation bias.

 

When I am changing out something in my system I will research it to an extreme level.  Once it is set up , unless there is something broken, that's it.  I just want to enjoy music.  I do not sit there trying to analyze every item in my system.  I just want to immerse myself in the music.

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As I said before,  there are people who listen to an outstanding performance, and go "Wow! that was an outstanding performance!".

And, there are people who listen to an outstanding performance and go "Wow! I need to change out the interconnects on my system.  I need new Benjamin D'Over cables".

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4 hours ago, KeenObserver said:

I generally do not listen to music when my wife is around.  I come from a family that was deeply involved in music.  When I listen to music I become involved in it and the rest of the world gets blocked out.  It seems that when I am most deeply into the music my wife will start talking to me and POP, the moment is gone.  It seems to me that music is only background to my wife.  Something to put on while she is doing something else.

Does this explain the popularity of low res music?  Noise to play in the background.  Do these people actually enjoy music?

 

Music can (also) be entertainement, keep us company or in sync.

 

Try talking with your wife while she's immersed in a novel. Then explain to her that's how enthralled you become when listening to music. It won't help.


"Science draws the wave, poetry fills it with water" Teixeira de Pascoaes

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It has a lot to do with the quality of the playback ... very low quality is fine as background; very high quality can be both background, and listened to very acutely - it's the stuff in the middle, in the quality stakes, that's troublesome ... 😉.

 

To clarify, let's say you have a very fine grand piano in your home; and somehow you managed to wangle a top tier pianist to play all sorts of music on it.all day - from bump and grind, walking bass blues, to easy listening, to the most spectacular Chopin. You could happily have "this on" while talking to your wife in the next room about the day's shopping trip; or sit in on the instrument, and take it all in ... that's what top notch SQ delivers ...


Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

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38 minutes ago, fas42 said:

It has a lot to do with the quality of the playback ...

Aren't you confusing playback with foreplay?


"Science draws the wave, poetry fills it with water" Teixeira de Pascoaes

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The common thread is "play" ... 😉

 

My comments are relevant, because my wife wants the music going ... full bore!! "Can you make it louder, please ... " sort of thing, 😉

 

If the playback has an irritating edge to it, then it can't be enjoyed as 'background' - it annoys, so you ask for it to be turned down, or leave the area. The music will be enjoyed if it doesn't call attention to itself, for the wrong reasons - that's why live music making has been so popular, for thousands of years.


Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

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