Listening in the dark

I-SIGI-SIG Posts: 2,238
edited April 2004 in 2 Channel Audio
Is it me, or does the sound somehow come alive when you listen in the dark? Closing your eyes doesn't bring it t the same level.

I think it has somehting to concentration. I feel freer to listen, rather than concentraiting on keeping my eyes closed or whatever.

Wes
(I put this hear (pun intended) for the more critcal listening that tends to get done on our big two-channel rigs.)
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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,909
    edited April 2004
    The reason why it is easier to listen to the dark, is you arnt glaring at these black boxes moving air...

    It seems you can sit back and concentrate past examining things!

    I agree with you, when I can I turn off the lights and jam so I can actually enjoy the music!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • bikezappabikezappa Posts: 2,509
    edited April 2004
    CLOSE YOUR EYES












    AND I'LL KISS YOU......................
  • smglbrthsmglbrth Posts: 1,229
    edited April 2004
    Agreed, the concentration bit pretty much hits the nail on the head. Most important for me though is dead silence, which, in a house of 6 isn't that easy to accomplish most of the time. Not to mention in the dark with 5 sleeping, it's a good way to make the wife have a bad hair day when she gets up.......:eek:
  • organorgan Posts: 5,022
    edited April 2004
    I agree. Incondescent light also produce some sort of noise that I can hear.

    Maurice
  • George GrandGeorge Grand Posts: 12,272
    edited April 2004
    I'm afraid of the dark.

    George Grand (of the Jersey Grands)
  • Tour2maTour2ma Old School Posts: 10,176
    edited April 2004
    It's OK, George... bike zappa is several states away...

    I-sig,
    Same here. We've had discussions here on why. Mostly boils down to cleaner power at night vs. some kind of psycho-acoustic phenom.

    Either way doesn't matter. It's nice to just enjoy...
    More later,
    Tour...
    Vox Copuli
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Old English Proverb

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  • reeltrouble1reeltrouble1 Posts: 9,313
    edited April 2004
    Yep, lights very low or off for serious listening. Something about using hearing as opposed to seeing for me. Sensory perception changes.

    Hell, I cant really say but its all good.
  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,717
    edited April 2004
    I know the properties of light and sound are such that one should not interfere with the other...but I wonder anyway if there's somethere for an explanation?
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited April 2004
    If you are listening to a performance you want to hear the soundstage and depth along with all the other stuff in the recording. It is really tough to imagine a vocalist standing in front of you or to feel like you are somewhere you aren't when visual clues tell you otherwise. I start to loose concentration if it is too dark though.

    madmax
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

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  • I-SIGI-SIG Posts: 2,238
    edited April 2004
    Originally posted by madmax
    I start to loose concentration if it is too dark though.

    madmax

    Start snoozin', eh? ;)

    Wes
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  • hoosier21hoosier21 Posts: 4,406
    edited April 2004
    I use to listen in the dark, but my right channel would go out so I quit.
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  • I-SIGI-SIG Posts: 2,238
    edited April 2004
    Originally posted by hoosier21
    I use to listen in the dark, but my right channel would go out so I quit.

    The right woke up last night! WooHoo!

    Wes
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  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,717
    edited April 2004
    whistling in the dark....
  • Tour2maTour2ma Old School Posts: 10,176
    edited April 2004
    Dancing in the dark???
    More later,
    Tour...
    Vox Copuli
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Old English Proverb

    "It's easy to get lost in price vs performance vs ego vs illusion." - doro
    "There is a certain entertainment value in ripping the occaisonal (sic) buttmunch..." - TroyD
    "Death doesn't come with a Uhaul." - Dennis Gardner
  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,717
    edited April 2004
    Originally posted by Polkmaniac
    whistling in the dark....
    Does anyone remember They Might Be Giants???
  • TechChallengedTechChallenged Posts: 106
    edited April 2004
    I never understood the facination with 2 channel audio until I turned off the lights and hit play on Extreme Pornografitti.
  • Danny TseDanny Tse Posts: 5,248
    edited April 2004
    Should also remove all clothing to maximize effect on body. And get rid of glasses to minimize room reflections.

    :D

    Seriously, I listen in the dark as well....late at nite and at low volume.
  • Tour2maTour2ma Old School Posts: 10,176
    edited April 2004
    Originally posted by Danny Tse
    ....late at nite and at low volume.
    I was thinking about this last night, and the low volume could be part of the equation. Lower volume leading to lower distortion, etc...
    More later,
    Tour...
    Vox Copuli
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Old English Proverb

    "It's easy to get lost in price vs performance vs ego vs illusion." - doro
    "There is a certain entertainment value in ripping the occaisonal (sic) buttmunch..." - TroyD
    "Death doesn't come with a Uhaul." - Dennis Gardner
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited April 2004
    No,no,no,...
    It has nothing to do with distortion. Your must be completely naked.
    madmax
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
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