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Swamusings ~ Treading (with caution) into audiophile territory!

22 Oct

Swamusings ~ Treading (with caution) into audiophile territory!

One of (many, needless to say.. heh.. heh.. 😂) Swamy’s interests is music, of pretty much all kinds. Classical music (of the Bharat kind) & instrumental music (of the global kind) have always been a big draw, though an occasional new ARR movie composition or vocals such as Adele too are listened to with equal joy.🎧

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Despite all that, Swamy hasn’t ventured into audiophile territory for a long time, even when he was earning a reasonable amount of pay, primarily due to the cost (of listening equipment) and secondarily due to lack of awareness. Lately though, some (sizable, considering the limited financial inflow of an early retiree, but certainly not outrageous 👀) investment went into personal hi-res audio equipment.

Swamy’s entry-level audiophile equipment – all sourced through Amazon India, mostly during the innumerable number of sale events they keep hosting – consists of hi-res certified 1More Triple Driver earphones, the மூர்த்தி சிறிது கீர்த்தி பெரிது kind of KZ ES4 earphones, the uber popular AudioTechnica M50x headphones and a hi-res audio music player + DAC – the FiiO M3K. And of course, there’s the punching-way-above-its-size Signature Acoustics Phoenix Hi-res Bluetooth audio transmitter/receiver (yep, I’m fully aware of the jargon dropping here 🤷🏻‍♀🤪). Oh yeah, couple of Bose speakers are in the mix as well, though one of them is constantly on strike (one of those rare CD players) a la public sector bank employees and the other one suffers from the typical portable speaker limitations (how about one from Marshall sir – umm, frankly, the endless Amazon sales keep tempting me for a while)!

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Equipment aside, the sad fact about hi-res audio is its availability & affordability, especially in MeraBharatMahan! 😳🤐 Tidal is a well-known streaming source but both availability & cost will be like those forbidden fruit company iThings. Also it may not have much of desi music selections. Locally available services such as Amazon Prime Music, Jio Saavn, Ghaana, et al don’t overtly specify the quality of audio, so one can never be sure.

The other choice is to be ultra patient and rip all the original audio CDs (remember those – like any true-blue music lover, Swamy too has plenty of originals!) at higher bit rates and create one’s own collection, which will obviously take a lot of time, considering the tremendous amount of manual intervention required and the not-so-fast speed of the USB connection to the external CD drive (many of the new laptops have entirely eliminated internal CD drives, a la the fast vanishing 3.5mm audio jack on modern smartphones). Let’s take a breather here… 😵

 

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So, Swamy was obviously delighted, when he came across a notable hi-res collection of well known (‘heard’ would be more apt) musicians such as AR Rehman, Ilayaraja & such, while looking for hi-res audio files to test the new USB DAC, the FiiO K3, connected to the Obage OE-2425 stereo speakers & of course the head/earphones, on… wait for it… YouTube! 😌🎼🎧

Here’s the channel that does something audio enthusiasts on this side of the world only dream about – a sizable hi-res collection of popular Indian music (no carnatic music yet… ah, man 🙄😖). There may be others, but this is a good place to begin the hi-res journey. Try it – preferably with a good quality head/earphone or pair of speakers & you’ll know what is being elucidated here.😌🤙

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Oh btw, Swamy is practically an illiterate, when it comes to the nuances of music (despite much of the Dhinam Oru Padhigam hymns being musical, by flow).🙏But when has that ever stopped an enthusiast from exploration anyway! 🎧😌🤘

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Be Joyful & Spread the Cheer 🙂

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

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Swamyems!

6 Jan

AK_Kash_SnowSwamy’s new year post(s) and the post on and about new year have got a fantastic response from readers – both loyal old and curious new, which does wonders for motivating any writer worth his salt to type more (do anyone still pen?) this year. A few also expressed their anguish at their inability to complete the blog posts in one go, not the least because of yawn-inducing boredom of topics (the enticing titles take more time to craft than the enchanting posts :O), but simply due to the ever-reducing attention span of any normal human being, as if there are (m)any, still around! 

The 2 new year posts were Swamyems, i.e., Swamy(‘s po)ems, published in a new blog exclusively created for poems. Dabbling in this genre after a long time (the last one was deep in the past – probably during his cool college days ;), Swamy is keen on churning out more, faster, so this post will get updated as and when a new poem – in both English & தமிழ் – gets published! This should hopefully satiate the thirst of his readers for shorter blog posts as well 😉

Swamily2Matha, Pitha, Guru, Deivam is the oft quoted order of reverence, established a long time in the Sanatana Dharma. It is just incidental that the first blossoms from Swamy’s poetr(y)ee are about Guru, Matha & Pitha (the change in order will become obvious, once the norms of normal Life become too oblivious). The next one will have to be about the Divine, naturally, considering his now focused foray into the spiritual path, with his Guru’s boundless grace.

Take your time and cherish these poems, letting them engulf you with the marvel just as when a flower blossoms. While still cast in the spell of poetry, remember to leave your thought as a comment and share it with a fellow soul to soak in the same feeling quietly!

Sadhguru15All That & More!

The Aura from the glow
Glow of the flame
Flame from the wick
Wick lit by a matchstick…

அவை அனைத்தும், அதற்கு மேலும்!

ஒளிர்வின் ஒளி
ஒளி விடும் சுடர் 
சுடர் தரும் திரி
திரி ஏற்றும் தீக்குச்சி…

Swamily_NorthShoresthers!

Fathers are like lather.
Not of much use on their own,
Necessary though for the shave to be smoother….

ற்றோர்!

தந்தையர் என்போர் வெறும் நுரை,
தானாக அவரால் பெரியதாய்ப் பயனில்லை
ஆனால் கட்டாயம் தேவை, முகச்சவரம் செய்யும் வரை…
Eternal Divine!
Swamy @ Kailash

Swamy @ Kailash

yonderly Space’s still Emptiness

glittering Star’s bewitching Wink
expansive Sky’s endless Vastness
morphing Cloud’s squelchy Texture…
‘உறையும் இறை!’
அண்டப் பெருவெளியின் அசைவிலா வெறுமை
விண்மீனின் விடாப்பிடிக் கண்சிமிட்டல்
ஆகாயத்தின் முடிவிலாப் பரப்பு
மேகத்தின் உருமாறும் மென்மை…

Words6Income’s Expense!

Many have time in abundance,
to speak something endlessly.
Few have patience aplenty,
to hear anything ceaselessly.

வரவின் செலவு!

பலரிடம் நேரம் நிறைய இருக்கின்றது.
விடாமல் எதையாவது பேசுவதற்கு!
சிலரிடம் பொறுமை நிறைய இருக்கின்றன்றது.
தொடர்ந்து எதையேனும் கேட்பதற்கு!
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Be joyful & spread the cheer 🙂
@PrakashSwamy
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