I don't think I can say exactly what "made me" an "audiophile".... I grew up with music, my parents (mostly my dad) had a reasonable collection. But, they were both very genre constrained. My dad "hated" most of what I wanted to listen to, it was "all crap". My mom liked Madonna and Tiffany...there was no introducing her to hair metal, lol.
Honestly, I don't think I really expanded on my musical tastes until joining this forum. I was always less genre specific than my parents, though. I listened to a lot of their music along with everything my friends introduced me to. I can remember when the movie Encino Man
came out, there was a song (I think the Steve Vai track) and as (stupid) young kids I would put on headphones and see how loud I could crank it and then test how long each of my friends "could handle it"...yeah...we weren't too bright.
Then I went through my car audio phase. I competed in IASCA competitions both in Sound Quality and SPL, but focused on SQ. This opened me up to all sorts of demo discs and "well mixed" music. I still remember the demo track, Junior Wells "Use Me" and really enjoyed how that presented in my car. Unfortunately, between my cars and concerts, I probably damaged so many cilia during this "era" that I ruined my audiophile abilities for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I still hear pretty well, but there is some growing tinnitus and a low frequency hum that comes and goes -- both suck. I'm sure it isn't going to get better, so, now I'm trying to enjoy all I can at "responsible" levels.
Regardless, much of the musical selection rotated through my gear goes through a pretty simple test: "does it make me want to move?" If so, it stays on...if not, and I can't find anything else "redeeming", I change it. I love bouncing around and dancing, so if it gets my restless legs going I'm happy, lol. I also enjoy focusing on lots of texture and details...or just tons of bass!
Thanks for many of the suggestions in the thread! I've listened to quite a few things I've never heard and enjoyed them! A few I've found quite fun that were new to me:
- that The Algorithm track got my hair moving! Nice!
- the Abel Korzeniowski track was pretty; Yaz was some nice '80s fun! And the London Grammar track was a nice modern track I should've probably heard by now.
- will need to check out more Bob James, lots of texture in those pieces.