One of the other great loves of my life (for it seems that photography, particularly of the digital variety, is rapidly becoming such) has always been music.
Not the playing thereof, at which I’m absolutely crap (though in the days of my misspent youth I was known to sing a few folk songs now and then), but the listening thereto.
Somewhat surprising therefore that for the past couple of years or so (coinciding, curiously, with my plunge into the world of photography) my world has been rather music-absent. At home anyway.
Almost certainly accounted for by this damned obsession I appear to have developed for things photo-related.
“This will not do!” I finally tell myself. And set about remedying the situation.
Strange how interests merge though. For no sooner had I re-enabled my “music centre” than I find myself staring at it and thinking “I could try taking a pic of that”. So I did (pretty naff one as it turns out though)…
But I can’t let this pass without a word or two about the “setup”.
Its an old Toshiba laptop (now dedicated to playing music) that I hooked up to my “music library” stored on an external hard drive.
Plugged in to a Creative Soundblaster external sound card, which is feeding a set of Logitech 5.1 speakers.
For the actual “playing bit” I’m using the freebie Quintessential player… cos its great (though their site appears to be offline at the mo’)!
OS is Win2K Pro.
Now here’s the frightening bit…
The sound card and speakers cost a little over a total of a hundred quid (about four years or so ago I think). Yet the sound I’m getting from them in terms of quality, dynamic range etc is comparable to the six grand CD-only stereo setup I had a decade or so ago!
Ok, I’ve lost a bit in terms of stereo separation (only to be expected really given the present speaker configuration) but that’s more than compensated for by the sheer solidity, weight, and authority of the music.
Dammit, I’d forgotten how good it all sounds.