How to Listen to Music

sagee artAt this point in my audiophile career, it’s rare to come across a document of this type that moves me – causes me to reevaluate “how I listen.”

This particular exemplar came to me via a somewhat circuitous chain:

  1. Jim Smith podcast email
  2. Positive Feedback article
  3. Realization that “hey, he’s a BAAS member” (Alón Sagee)
  4. Download scanned wisdom (link at end of article)

Read it & enjoy.


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 Audiophile, Bob

2 Comments to How to Listen to Music

  1. Certainly (maybe this is a bold assumption) this was written by a musician (this is a good thing). I was unaware there was a different way to listen to music.

  2. jhorn on November 20th, 2013
  3. Hey Bob,
    Thanks for posting my article and Peter Cuddy’s insightful questions. I have this fantasy that as this humble memoir of mine gets more traction in audiophile circles, someone will say “Hey, I know Peter Cuddy! We’re been golf buddies for years, here’s his phone number!” or something like that.

    It’s been 33 years since Peter handed me that one page of his condensed music and audio gear wisdom. I was 20. I estimate that he was around 40 back then, making him roughly in his early to mid-seventies today. I’m hoping that he’s still around so that I could invite him over to listen to music — especially since I still have the reference albums he used for my education! I think he would like how those LPs sound on my system, which represents the evolution of all I had learned from him.

    Above all, I would thank him for those timeless questions.

    In a hobby fraught with a myriad choices and passionate opinions and accented with offers of paranormal voodoo tweaks that, somehow, impossibly, sometimes, actually work — knowing what to listen for helped me decide what to buy — not based on reviews, appearances or marketing — but on how I felt about the experience of music through the particular combination of components I’m auditioning.

    Now, as I listen to the beautiful sounds issuing from the latest iteration of my audio system, I can’t help but smile. The ability of all that metal and wood to disappear while transporting me to musical events is uncanny. Friends who have sat in the sweet spot for a few selections inevitably shed a tear or two before relinquishing the chair. Life in Audioland is good.

  4. Alonski on November 22nd, 2013