Music is special. Everybody listens to music - some hear it on the television, some on mobile phones and some on high-end headphones. Many call music a universal language, while some call it the window to the soul. Everybody has a distinct taste in music and these specific selections create an experience unlike anything else. Music has been used to convey emotions that words fail to express and for many people, the music that they listen to is an extension of themselves. All of these describe the power of music and its ability to connect with us. Unlike reading a book or watching a movie, listening to music does not depend on language. Any human from any part of the world can appreciate a music composition. Therefore, music can touch anybody and everybody. Music provides many people with relaxation and quiet often also a soundtrack to their life. Certain tracks can enhance your mood and this is a scientifically proven fact. We can safely say that listening to music benefits you in numerous different ways. However, the problem with listening, of course, is that we don’t. Listening to music with intent and attention is now becoming a lost art. Most people have too much going in their heads and because of this, active listening is not an important part of their life anymore.
Most of us are so used to carrying a phone around, giving us immediate access to music; whether that is through a single song or an entire album. Our favourite tunes are just a tap away. But, this is not the best way to get the most out of your music experience. Devices such as phones, mp3 players, and iPad simply cannot provide the same type of quality through their speakers that a proper sound system/headphone can. Consistently listening on your phone through its speaker, does not allow you to hear everything the music has to offer because the quality isn’t good enough to isolate every note and ensure you are hearing all the details in the sound. As important as music is to our lives, few really “experience” it. Most never get the pure listening experience and are not connecting to music in the way that the artists have intended. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you choose a quality system/headphone, create a personal space, and ensure proper set up you should have no problem getting the most out of your music with sharp clear audio that evokes a multitude of emotions. The best part is: Anyone can do this! The art of listening to music with intent and critically is achievable by ANYONE.
In today's time, it's great that speakers and headphones are easy to get, but it's up to the listener to truly listen, not just have music playing in the background. Listening should be active, not passive. When you listen more attentively you'll hear more. It's not complicated at all. We're not just talking about sound quality, but you get closer to the intentions of the musicians, what they wanted you to feel about their music.
You love your music, but your listening experience may not be as great as you think it is. Bad media players, crappy headphones and poorly encoded files are just a few reasons that your songs may not sound their best.
Knowing this situation, we at Headphone Zone decided to do something about it. After careful consideration, we initiate “Audiophile 101”. Audiophile 101 is a sincere attempt to introduce music enthusiasts to a whole new way of actually listening to details in the music. Understanding what concepts such as Dynamics, Compression, Soundstage, Imaging, Warmth, Brightness truly mean by spending time listening to a curated playlist of popular songs as well as some critical recordings. The core idea for Audiophile 101 is for you to listen to music you’ve probably heard a bunch of times, but to get into details and listen to the songs in their entirety and discover elements you might have missed. This session is conducted with the highest quality of files and the best equipment! Right from the DAC, Amp to the headphone, everything we use is of the highest quality and best in class. We will be using lots of different headphones, IEMs and gear from brands like - Audeze, STAX, iFi Audio and Chord Electronics to name a few.
This event is perfectly suited to those who are relatively new in the audiophile community and we encourage everyone to come and experience what good sound is really about. Even those who may have had a chance to try out high-end headphones, may not know what to look out for, or how to appreciate the difference that comes with good headphones. Quite often, trying out new headphones needs to be accompanied by knowing what to look out for. This is exactly what we will achieve over a 2 hour guided listening session. If you are someone who has just started getting interested in audiophilia, or you're passionate about music, but stayed away from expensive-sounding gear, this is the ideal workshop for you. We will not be trying to share technical aspects of headphones or other gear, although we are happy to answer any questions that we can. We will be using lots of different headphones and gear that Raghav considers to simply be amongst the finest in the world.
Raghav founded Headphone Zone in 2011, straight out of university, looking to create a change in the way Headphones were sold in India. Raghav is a passionate musician, and a Political Philosophy buff, self-proclaimed idli-sambar connoisseur, and a Guinness world record holder for his collection of Airline Baggage Tags. In equal parts an A.R. Rahman buff, and a Classic Rock geek, his playlists borrow from his childhood memories growing up in Chennai.
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2 major reasons why I love these experiences.
1. Listening to great music followed by their amazing introduction and insider stories by Raghav. Like listening to a modern version of Anu Kapoor describe stories.
2. I get to listen to headphones I would like to buy as well as aspirational ones. This is like getting a test ride for a Bugatti Chiron.
Thank you for appreciating our efforts & we are glad that you had a fun time. Cheers!
This was an absolute joy to attend. The amount of trivia and getting to relive the songs I grew up listening to as a teenager was worth every second and rupee I spent. Highly recommended. Also you get to hear these on the very best audio equipment in the world. What more can a Amit Trivedi fan ask for?
So glad you loved the listening session & our equipment. Swing by again sometime soon. Cheers!
This was the first time my wife & I attended these experience sessions and we walked out thoroughly impressed, having just had a surreal 3-hour experience listening to Amit Trivedi's songs. Sure, at face value, it sounds like you just sit down to listen to a bunch of songs on headphones, but to me, what puts this whole experience on a whole another level is Raghav's commentary before each song. His trivia & details really add a new dimension to each song, and then when you listen to these tracks on Headphone Zone's high-quality gear, you really get to know all the layers & depth the music has. You'll be surprised how many instruments you didn't even know existed in the song.
Overall, I highly recommend these experience sessions to everyone and I can't wait to attend the next one.
@Raghav & team: You should do one session dedicated for Coke Studio (both India and PK) songs.
Great to know that you & your wife had a wonderful time, do swing by for more experiences or just to hang out in our studio.
Amazing and an insightful session by Raghav Somani - founder of Headphone Zone. Raghav takes you on a fascinating journey to experience music like you have never heard before, while explaining audio concepts such as soundstage, imaging, dynamics, among others. As an added plus, you get to experience the best of breed headphones and amplifiers costing thousands of dollars and meet like minded audiophiles.
We are glad that you liked the listening session, Sameer! Thank you for your awesome review & ratings, Cheers!
Happy to attend the session.
Thank you Raghav and HPZ
We are glad that you liked the session, Gemini Mehta! Thank you for the awesome review & ratings. See you around, Happy Listening & Cheers!
The programme & playlist was really well planned & well organised. Loved this listening sessions which was more like a guided tour. Even learned about a lot other lesser heard masterpieces. The stories behind the songs too was very intriguing. Even the participants contributed in stories behind & recommended some albums.
Thanks to Headphone Zone - Raghav & his team for organising this listening session which was truly wonderful. Due to them I'm now among Top 1 % fans of Amit Trivedi's music.
Happy to hear that you loved our listening session Prasad & thank you for the great review & ratings. Cheers!
We all have grown up listening to Rahman. But what makes this listening session special is the amount of information you learn from Raghav. Having grown up in Chennai, he has known Rahman like most in the north don’t. He also has a ton of inside stories from first hand sources that make this a joy. Spoiler: There is no way you can cover everything in the given 3 hours. Nonetheless this was a joy! Highly recommended!
Thank you for the great review, it's an absolute delight to know that you loved the session. Hope to see you soon!