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The Best Ways to Listen to The Beatles
6 October 2014
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Through my iPhone/iTunes. plugged into the house stereo, the car stereo, or good headphones!

Source:  2009 remaster CD's. (mono or stereo) is a personal preference, so I'll leave that to you, but I prefer the stereo! a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk38/rickdelsie/The%20Beatles/parlunread_zps28270d9d.gif BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

6 November 2014
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As loud as possible.

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6 November 2014
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Meowson said
As loud as possible.

Totally.

One of the joys of 'Abbey Road ' is listening to it loud with folk in the room as 'The End ' finishes and watching them jump 20 feet in the air the moment the opening chord of 'Her Majesty ' comes crashing down.

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11 November 2014
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There's something special about some of the original 1960's vinyl pressings....  About 6 or 7 years ago a record store I used to visit a lot here in Sydney had a 1963 'black and gold label' parlophone mono pressing of the Please Please Me LP.  It was only $250 but I didn't even own a turntable at the time and couldn't afford it.  Any of the hardcore vinyl collectors will tell you that the black and gold pressings are worth a fair bit and are great pressings.

However, they did let me listen to the whole album in the store.  They played it over the shop stereo, really fucking loud.  I've NEVER heard the Please Please Me album sound any better than that pressing.  The drums and bass were much more present, more bottom end all round (no bass cranked on the stereo, for those wondering), crisp top end, somehow a much more powerful sound.  Wish I could've bought that record.

I also have original 1960's mono pressings of Rubber Soul , Revolver , and Sgt Pepper , and even though they are pretty beaten up in places, those original records have a kind of mojo about them.  The vinyl is much thicker, for a start.

12 November 2014
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muzair said
It was only $250

"only"?...:-)

12 November 2014
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Billy Rhythm said

muzair said

It was only $250

"only"?...:-)

Yep. If you refer to this guide - http://beatlescollectingguide......album.html - you'll see that the black and gold label pressings aren't cheap.

Wish I'd bought that one. Bargain.

15 November 2014
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I'm a DJ at a radio station and the owner decided to purchase Beats headphones to replace the ones we had, which were outdated. she even bought us all a personal set to take home. 

i've never heard music so loud and clear in my life from a pair of headphones! mind you, they are a bit pricy, but the way the Beatles sound when you listen to their music through Beats, is priceless. hell, all of your music will sound so much more amazing. 

BTW, I plug the Beats into my iPhone. sounds perfect.

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15 November 2014
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Hang on to that boss. apple01

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Here's what a Beatle has to say on the subject

Paul McCartney 'Pulling Hair Out' Over Shift to Lo-Fi Listening Habits

... Paul McCartney expressed distaste for the way young people consume music through tinny-sounding cell phone speakers.

"In an ideal world, they listen to what you’ve recorded in the way that you have presented it," the rock legend told the Guardian. "It’s all changed so drastically. A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. I’m pulling my hair out thinking, 'Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound! Get a decent set of headphones! Please!'"

McCartney has an analogy for this lo-fi listening experience: "looking at a postcard" of a gallery-worthy painting. "I'd love people to be listening to the music in the most perfect way, so they can experience exactly what we made in the studio," he says. Still, he adds, if the song itself is of high quality, the "delivery system isn't important" to young people.

"Things change," McCartney continues. "Maybe when they get older, they’ll get into vinyl and become more sophisticated. But for me, at least they’re hearing what I’m doing, in some form or another. I mean, I’ve come through vinyl, tape cassettes, CDs, digital downloads. . . all along, the constant was that a song is required."

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Once again for those listening digitally, if you do buy expensive headphones make sure your source file is high quality.

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21 December 2014
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21 December 2014
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Those Thorens TTs are supposed to be excellent. I'm a little jealous of your setup. I just have a Pro-Ject Carbon Esprit SB with a 2M Red, but I have thought about upgrading the cartridge to the Black. If I ever become fabulously wealthy I'd get a high-end system as a priority.

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22 December 2014
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You mean like…...

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22 December 2014
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Joe said
Those Thorens TTs are supposed to be excellent. I'm a little jealous of your setup. I just have a Pro-Ject Carbon Esprit SB with a 2M Red, but I have thought about upgrading the cartridge to the Black. If I ever become fabulously wealthy I'd get a high-end system as a priority.

Welcome to the forum BTW! Hope you stick around and join in the other discussions.

 

Thanks! look forward to joining in, joined a bit ago but haven't posted til now!

 

The 3m red is a good cart, you can actually upgrade the stylus to blue without upgrading the entire cart... economical start, but the jump to bronze is monumental so black would be a big jump. you would be hard pressed to find a cart for the $$ better then the black!!

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I usually listen to high bitrate OGG Vorbis encoded rips of the 2009 remastered CDs on my Rockbox-modded SanDisk audio player through mid-range SkullCandy earbuds. It might not be the best way to listen, but it sounds fine to my ears (and I have a more dynamic range of hearing than average for my age, so that's something I guess).

 

Of course my computer is loaded with FLAC rips of the same CDs and I listen on halfway decent home theater speakers. That's as close to audiophile as I can afford to be right now. a-hard-days-night-john-7

 

At any rate they sound better than the MP3 rips of the 80s masters I used to listen to when hard drive space was an issue and digital media players weren't a thing (maybe someone stealing most of my old CDs wasn't the worst thing ever). Strangely I think that the cassette copy of the first Live At The BBC album somehow sounded more natural, and the cassette dub of Abbey Road (taped from the original vinyl) sounded great for what it was.

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My steps to happiness:

  1. Make flacs of your favourite medium/remix/thing. Thank god I kept my 1987 mix cds!
  2. Apply best ear-surrounding headphones. I have some very nice Pioneers with great bass drivers. You can't hear Mean Mr Mustard fuzz bass properly otherwise (or the incredible drums in the mono Sgt Peppers reprise).
  3. Unless you're lucky, you've got a standard audio chip in your computer. It's been years since I've seen a sound card...
  4. Assemble together with favourite playlist-capable player.
  5. Maple syrup or honey, your choice. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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(Mods: I couldn't decide whether this fit better into the "songs" or "albums" section of the forum, so please feel free to move the thread if necessary.)

A lot of times I end up listening to The Beatles as "background noise," whether it's playing on the stereo during dinner, playing in my headphones as I work, or playing in the car when I drive.

But sometimes, I like to treat myself to an "album event," where I choose a Beatles album to be listened to straight through, put on the headphones, remove all distractions, and consume the music for a good 30-45 minutes. 

Part of that listening experience is getting a decent EQ on whatever device is being used to play the music -- my car stereo has presets like "Bass Boost," "Vocal," and even user-defined settings; and of course, if I'm using Winamp on my laptop, there's an entire EQ dashboard to muck around with.

I'm wondering what others have found is the best EQ set-up for listening to The Beatles. Do you prefer to set the EQ "flat" and let the original sound engineers stand or fall on their own mixes? Do you prefer a bit of boosted bass? Maybe a lighter bass setting, with higher treble settings? Right now I'm preferring a slightly boosted bass, a slightly dialed back mid-range, and a bit of extra push on the treble ends.

But I'd love to hear if others have found a more optimal combo of EQ settings.

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@PeterWeatherby, I saw a post in this thread about EQ. I don't understand all that technical stuff, but I hope your question will revive this thread/topic for those who are interested (so I moved your post to this thread).

My most frequent Beatles listening time, outside of in the car, is when my head is under water in a running shower. I really, really need to have some "album events" like you describe.

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PeterWeatherby said
(Mods: I couldn't decide whether this fit better into the "songs" or "albums" section of the forum, so please feel free to move the thread if necessary.)

A lot of times I end up listening to The Beatles as "background noise," whether it's playing on the stereo during dinner, playing in my headphones as I work, or playing in the car when I drive.

But sometimes, I like to treat myself to an "album event," where I choose a Beatles album to be listened to straight through, put on the headphones, remove all distractions, and consume the music for a good 30-45 minutes. 

Part of that listening experience is getting a decent EQ on whatever device is being used to play the music -- my car stereo has presets like "Bass Boost," "Vocal," and even user-defined settings; and of course, if I'm using Winamp on my laptop, there's an entire EQ dashboard to muck around with.

I'm wondering what others have found is the best EQ set-up for listening to The Beatles. Do you prefer to set the EQ "flat" and let the original sound engineers stand or fall on their own mixes? Do you prefer a bit of boosted bass? Maybe a lighter bass setting, with higher treble settings? Right now I'm preferring a slightly boosted bass, a slightly dialed back mid-range, and a bit of extra push on the treble ends.

But I'd love to hear if others have found a more optimal combo of EQ settings.

I keep mine flat as the engineers intended. I used to have a graphics equaliser when I had LPs but ditched it when I changed to CD.

I have recently spent a lot of time fiddling with speaker positioning to get a nice 'sweet spot' from my listening spot on the sofa. My speakers on my 'new' system also appear to sound better now they have been running for about a year.

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Ahhh Girl said
@PeterWeatherby, I saw a post in this thread about EQ. I don't understand all that technical stuff, but I hope your question will revive this thread/topic for those who are interested (so I moved your post to this thread).

Oh, awesome -- I didn't even see this thread! Thanks for keeping the world neat and tidy. :)

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