Audiophile 101 with Raghav Somani

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Audiophile 101 with Raghav Somani

A Guided Listening Session for Beginner Audiophile
DATE:

15th October, 2022

TIME:

3:00PM - 7:00PM

VENUE:
PRICE:

₹ 599

Quantity:
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Audiophile 101

Music 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 music. Understanding what concepts such as Dynamics, Compression, Soundstage, Imaging, Warmth, and 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.

Demystifying Audiophilia

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.

MEET YOUR HOST: RAGHAV SOMANI

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



When you're ready to take the audiophile pill, here's the way by the bay

We're right in the most glamourous part of Mumbai full of studios and acting agencies. Yup, you guessed right, we're in Andheri West - the Bollywood of Mumbai.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not really, but you're welcome to get any audio gear you have along. We'll be already providing our audio gear for you to experience.
We have gear from the finest brand in the world like Audeze, Chord, Campfire Audio, HiFiMAN, STAX and more!
This event has been created keeping people like you in mind. If you don't understand anything, just ask! Who doesn't love an interactive session?
Headphone Connect is an audiophile meet-up event. While we do have listening sessions there, you won't get the guided explanations you'd receive in this masterclass.
Yes, don't forget your mask! Also, you can pick up an Audiophile T-shirt here.


100% of Proceeds go to Charity.  

We're going to be listening to music like you've never heard before. But spare a thought for those who can't hear at all. All proceeds from this event go to support the Silent Olympiad, a beautiful sport and cultural event for children with hearing and speech impairment.

Customer Reviews

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Ujjwal Thaakar (Ahmedabad)
A joy for Amit Trivedi fans

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?

Hey Ujjwal,
So glad you loved the listening session & our equipment. Swing by again sometime soon. Cheers!

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Varun Pitale (Mumbai)
A Brilliant experience

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.

Hey Varun,
Thank you for appreciating our efforts & we are glad that you had a fun time. Cheers!

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Preshit D. (Mumbai)
A Phenomenal Experience to Enjoy Songs by Your Favorite Artists

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.

Hey Preshit,
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.

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Ujjwal Thaakar (Ahmedabad)
Relive the Mozart of Madras like never before

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!

Hey Ujjwal,
Thank you for the great review, it's an absolute delight to know that you loved the session. Hope to see you soon!

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Bhargav Trivedi (Mumbai)
Rediscovered how to listen to music

The whole experience of listening to A.R Rahman songs coupled with the trivia and minute details to listen to made this experience rediscover a new meaning to listening to music for me. The high sound quality headphones made the experience all the more joyful. The sharpness of the sound through the open back headphones made me rediscover music with a completely different perspective. Raghav's input before every song was instrumental in making me believe that i had never heard the songs with such concentration and feel every beat and every word and understand the lyrics. Even though certain songs were in a language I didn't know of, it still made me picture how the song would have been recorded. Waiting eagerly to attend another music session at Headphone zone.

We're glad that you had a great listening experience and thanks for the amazing review! Hope to see you soon!

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jyoti panda (Mumbai)
Rehmania

It was an awesome session, not only the music but also the trivia shared during the session. A must attend for any Rehman fan out there.

We're glad that you had a great listening experience and thanks for the amazing review! Hope to see you soon!

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Chaitanya Kommukuri (Mumbai)
Great

Great fun listening to amazing familiar music, discovering new sounds.

We're glad that you had a great listening experience and thanks for the amazing review! Hope to see you soon!