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The Best Ways to Listen to The Beatles
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If I'm out of the house Apple earphones do the job just fine, as I feel rather self conscious going about with a huge pair of headphones on my head looking like some sort of cyborg.

I really don't care how I look with my headphones -- I got over that ages ago. I do care about having to haul them around, though, bulky things they are.

Personally, I'm a bit of an audiophile, but it doesn't bother me if I have to listen in less-than-ideal conditions on occasion. I feel like I've heard their stuff enough to earn my right to low fidelity on occasion. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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didn't have time to read all the pages here, but assume there'd be some consensus that the early stuff in particular is best heard in mono, back when the stereo pan placements were often very extreme left & right.  We have been conditioned to expect vocals panned in the middle, along with bass, kick & snare, with a nice wide spread on the drum kit, recorded on different channels (which were in far shorter supply), and other parts balanced on either side.  From what I understand, the Fabs themselves paid far more attention to the mono mixes, and the stereo mixes were an afterthought, looked after by G M & the engineer, if I recall correctly.  
Even the later stuff has some of those 60's peculiarities with the stereo mixing, but we do get more isolation of parts, which can be cool in listening to what an individual part is doing. It can seem disjointed however, particularly on headphones.   
Would love to try what I read about Graham Nash visiting Neil Young at his farm, and Neil wanting to show them his latest recording project:
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Graham Nash — of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — has a story about his friend, Neil Young, that has been almost too perfect to believe for nearly three decades.
As the myth goes, Nash was at Young’s ranch just south of San Francisco when Young asked him if he wanted to hear something. (That something would become Young’s now famous 1972 “Harvest” album, which features the track “Heart of Gold.”) Nash, of course, said yes and suggested going into Young’s studio. That wasn’t Young’s plan.
“He said, ‘Get into the rowboat,’” Nash explained on NPR’s Fresh Air in 2013. “I said, ‘Get into the rowboat?’ He said, ‘Yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake.’”
The two row out on the lake, with Nash assuming Young brought a cassette player and headphones with him.
“Oh, no,” said Nash on NPR. “He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard ‘Harvest’ coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced ‘Harvest,’ came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil, ‘How was that, Neil?’”
The best part is Young’s apparent response to the situation. As Nash explained, “I swear to God , Neil Young shouted back, ‘More barn!’”
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My only preference 😉

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Dingle Lad said
by any means necessary

Here's a thread to use to discuss CD or LP, Spotify or YouTube, headphones or speakers, etc. in relation to the Beatles (which would, presumably, cover other groups and artists too).

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@Ahhh Girl you didn't link to anything...

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LOL. I meant use this thread. Sorry my message was confusing. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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I actually forgot about this. That was a flippant comment that I made. I'll add more later.

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I am curious as to how you listen to music. Do you stream? If so, what services do you use? Are you still using physical media such as CDs or vinyl? Maybe you really go retro and play cassette or reel to reel.

I am walking on both sides of the fence. I have a large CD collection (somewhere around 5000) yet I've digitized nearly my whole collection into both FLAC and MP3 and honestly that's how I prefer to listen. I won't get into the whole vinyl vs. CD discussion other then to say that I own no vinyl and I prefer to call them records.

As for streaming services, at the moment I am subscribed to both Amazon and Apple. I have a little used Spotify account as well. Apple comes through my phone company and I use Amazon Prime quite frequently. For whatever reason Amazon has treated me to their HD package for three months. The problem is most of my streaming is done from the car and being locked down and working from home I don't drive much right now. In fact my car got filled up two Fridays ago and there's still over three quarters of a tank of gas. Another side effect of the lockdown is that broadband has went into the toilet.

Obviously the Beatles are my favorite band so let's use them as an example. Ok, an extreme example.

If you look at the pictures in my profile you'll see how much I really have. But honestly I don't play them all that much.

But really I want to hear from other members.  Are you streaming and if so which platform ?Are you still using physical media? Are you like me and walking a tightrope between the two.

I'll never give up physical media entirely,  nor will I give ever quit streaming totally. I have to have the hard copy but I thrive on the convenience that streaming has given. However if I like something and purchasing a physical unit isn't possible, I will purchase the download. The Beatles 1963 Bootleg collection from iTunes is a perfect example.

So sound off and let us know your preference s

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@Ahhh Girl you didn't link to anything...

Well she was thinking of linking. Hope you got the reference.

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I use Spotify about 95% of the time, but I also have CDs for the car and a handful of vinyl records. My favourite way to listen to the Beatles is queueing (that doesn't look like a word a-hard-days-night-ringo-7) a bunch of songs on Spotify and listening to them with headphones while lying on my bed and closing my eyes. If I pick the right songs and I manage to not get Spotify ads, it's like a drug-free psychedelic experience.

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I use Spotify about 95% of the time, but I also have CDs for the car and a handful of vinyl records. My favourite way to listen to the Beatles is queueing (that doesn't look like a word a-hard-days-night-ringo-7) a bunch of songs on Spotify and listening to them with headphones while lying on my bed and closing my eyes. If I pick the right songs and I manage to not get Spotify ads, it's like a drug-free psychedelic experience.

So you use the free version, I take it. I don't mind the vocal part of the ads but I hate how it takes over the screen. The time between I got my first Car CD player and first mp3 player was short. I usually plugged that into either a cassette adapter or auxiliary jack. The road here in Michigan are and have always been horrible and can really do a number on CDs. Now my car doesn't have a CD player and the aux jack is very well hidden, almost like they want you to use bluetooth.

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I prefer to listen to music via earphones, but after being home alone I've been using my laptop. Really enjoying it.

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I use earphones or speakers connected to my phone, on which I stream Apple Music paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

However, I am saving up for a turntable so I can start collecting physical vinyl records and listen to music that way (and so my dad finally hands over to me his Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia vinyl collection)

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I run my laptop or phone through external speaker sources never through their internal speakers. We have a couple of old school component stereos, one in the basement and one in the living room. In the guest room / den where I'm currently working I have a sound bar. As for the phone I'm blue toothed out: portable speaker, Air pods and both vehicles are blue tooth ready.

Those rare occasions I do play CDs the blue rays work nicely but I'd like a better interface on the players themselves.

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Sold off my CD collection once I put everything in iTunes. Sounds great on the home stereo, in my truck & with headphones walking the dog.

I own the original UK Beatles records, but only play them for shits & giggles...

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Sold off my CD collection once I put everything in iTunes. Sounds great on the home stereo, in my truck & with headphones walking the dog.

I own the original UK Beatles records, but only play them for shits & giggles...

It puts joy into my heart to hear someone call them records john-lennon-salute_gif

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I listen to both CDs and records as I collect both.  I'm thinking of maybe getting a hold of some Beatles cassettes too as a novelty, but of course, I'll also listen to them because why else have them.  However, with my busy schedule, it seems nowadays I listen to the collection on my phone(or my CDs ripped onto an SD card) in my car via Bluetooth to the car speakers.  Although now because of the virus and quarantine I've been trying to break out my physical music.

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In the guest room/den, where I'm doing my work from home, I have about eighty CDs ready to be ripped, when I moved my work computer in there I lost the space where I did my ripping. I imagine I'll have to move operations for that into the living room.

As far as listening to physical product, the rest of the CDs are in the basement. As I said before I have my 00's vintage stereo and also a 55" flat screen down there so it's set up like a man cave with a bar area included. I have multiple options for listening to CDs but I don't do it much. Mostly I've listened to what hi-res DVD or Blu-rays I have.

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