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I know what I'm missing

While waiting on the next production batch of MIYO to arrive, I’ve loaned my own to a friend for evaluation. It’s going to be used in some critical recording environments where acoustic music is performed by some of the best musicians in the world in glorious real spaces. I’m thrilled to loan mine out for this purpose, but I’m definitely missing it.

If I’m not making music/sound or sleeping, I’m usually listening to music. Lately I’ve been digging Ben Fold’s latest release So There, in particular the recording of his Concerto with the Nashville Symphony. If you haven’t heard it yet, you should stop reading this and go listen – it’s a shining example of an excellent recording.

So there I am working away, when – wait a second – this sounds terrible! I’m checking my headphone cable, connector, volume settings, balance, and right when I’m starting to think my most trusted headphones are dying, it dawns on me – I’m plugged straight into my laptop.

I’ve been listening through MIYO exclusively for a while now, and I’m used to that experience. So upon realizing the ‘problem’ was just that I didn’t have MIYO, I turned the music off. I’d rather not hear it at all than hear it like that. I know that seems pretentious, but trust me, I know what I’m missing.

The soundstage, transients, presence, air, dynamic range, low end focus – all missing when plugged straight into the computer. Noticeable noise and distortion add injury to insult. All of the details that Ben and the engineers worked so hard to achieve are just gone. Imagine if suddenly everything turned a shade of gray, not a drop of color anywhere, and you had some dirt in your eyes – it’s that obvious.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you really owe it to yourself to find out. Listening with something like MIYO will bring new life to the music you love that defies description until you’ve heard it for yourself, and once you have, there’s no going back. You’ll know what you’re missing.