What is the best way to listen to Pink Floyd? My aunt's boyfriend is one of those guys who's turntable is fully upgraded and speaker system is out of this world. He's a huge Floyd fan, and he spends a lot of free time searching for the best way to hear these records.
Once you hear Breathe (In The Air) begin on full blast, you'll know his investment was worth it. It sounds AMAZING. In my opinion, that it the way the record was made to be listened to.
Nice headphones do the trick as well, but there's something about the original vinyl on a nice system that can't be replicated.
"A movement is accomplished in six stages, And the seventh brings return" -Syd Barrett
Good headphones are best for hearing all the little details in perfect clarity (such as the lady practically whispering 'I never said I was frightened of dying' in 'The Great Gig In The Sky', which took me forever to hear properly), but the sound, naturally, isn't very big -- if you want your epic Floyd experience, then I would recommend the full stereo, preferably with the volume cranked pretty high. You'd be right in saying that that is the way Pink Floyd is meant to be heard -- those four nutty audiophiles mixed their records to be listened to on the very finest stereo setups.
For those of us who are audiophiles but don't have a couple hundred to blow on a great stereo, headphones will have to suffice. I generally refuse to listen to Pink Floyd (or indeed anything, but especially PF) on smart-phone speakers, or speakers of that ilk.
I'm a bit picky about how I hear my Pink Floyd Sounds, as you may see...
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