Originally posted by beedubaya
I have a Creative and I love it. I also have a Logitech THX 5.1 sound system, and it works so well with my Creative Audigy 2 ZS. Even back when I just had my PC hooked into a regular Stereo system, I noticed a tremendous difference between the sound quality of my Audigy and the sound quality of my integrated sound on my old PC. I have nothing negative to say about Creative.
Chris, You are a DJ though, so you know sound better than anybody here, so you probably know best. I will keep an eye on this thread though, and if it turns into a flame war I will have to close it.
This is the biggest misconception in audio to people that not in the know. An audiophile will always know more than a DJ. Because we care enough to learn everything (actually almost everything, really a lot of info). Now sometime an audiophile will be a DJ, but not often
Crysalis and I are the audio experts here.
Heres the difference
An audiophile will have like music since day one (as a kid) and he will always try to improve the sound of his equipment. He will strive to know as much as possible. He will get books to read up on the subject. He will go to the old men as a youngster and always hit them up information. The old men always know what up with music as they will have over 50-60 year experience (they started as a kid too and they will not as a know it all either) . The DJ doesnt even know about the old men.
The audiophile will build his own speakers at one time or another. He will learn how to design his own crossover networks. He will get his hands on oscilloscope, spl meter and amp tester to test his gear, along with test cds. This stuff cost thousand of dollars. A dj won't be bother with this.
Now, here is the dj. He will like music. He will go into the field. If he last, he will be around thousand of dollar worth of equipment most of it lo-fi. DJ gear is meant to be loud, not accurate. Especially the speakers. He will have speaker that will hit 120 db but will not have a frequency graph. My speakers will hit maybe 110-114 db but will be within .05-1.0 db tolerance from 30-20,000 hertz. On a frenquency graph his speaker will look like an earthquake, mine more like a flat line.
His subwoofer will has a 6-15db boost at 60 Hz and claim to be deep bass. That is booming bass. My sub's -3 db point will be 24 Hz, but it will play down to 14 hertz. There with no bass boost applied anywhere
Now a dj will think that he knows it all, because he has been around expensive equipment, and he think that makes him an expert, but there is another part of audio that he will never explore.
I got a lot of DJ friends. I teach them a lot of stuff
Last but not least, an audiophile will never let loudness factor in to which is better. we will pick the product the sound the best even if it is at a lower level. I use to have to 3 home and pro amps that will put out 1800 (adcom 555 II in brigde 2 ohm mode), 2400 (qsc 2400) and (mackie M-2600) 2600 watts that I've sold on ebay, because as I've stated earlier, my economic status hasn't been that good in the george bush era. but anyway I've always had plenty of power, so I won't let the loudness of other equipment factor in my decision.
audiophile usually tend to agree with each other. you can tell an audiophile just by the stuff he say about audio. you will have 2 Dj with 2 completely different opinions.
DJ Chris this is not in reference to you, but to DJ in general