Audio Enthusiasts – Vitor Valeri – Environmental Health.

Vitor Valeri is someone I respect a lot in the headphone community, mostly because he’s the guy behind “Fones the Ouvido High-End” a Brazilian facebook group dedicated to headphones.
As a administrator he gives a lot to the community and asks nothing in return so this is my way of paying back to him.
 
1. Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
I´’m 25 years old and have a bachelors degree in environmental health.
My hobbies are: read about technology – computers, photography, TV, Headphones, among others -, read Manga, read about Japanese culture, watching anime and taking photos.

 2. What music do you enjoy and why?
I enjoy soundtracks from anime, movies, TV series, because besides reminding me about the works, the songs are very well executed.
I enjoy classical music because I like instrumental songs, mainly of stringed instruments.
I enjoy jazz and blues, but there isn’t an apparent motive that justifies my taste for that style. I simply enjoy it.
I enjoy rock, with preference for older bands, classic and also melodic rock. I hear that style when I want a more energetic music.

 3. Why are you enthusiastic about audio?
I enjoy audio because it’s a thing that relaxes me, that brings me good memories, that makes me feel good. Besides that it’s because I like technology in general and enjoy always searching for the best.
In the end I got interested in that area because of a headphone related group that I frequented in Orkut, I started researching more and more about the subject and I never stopped since then. I always organized things about audio: groups in social network, meetings, sites, etc.

 4. What audio gear do you use?
My audio gear is a JH5 custom in-ear and a Cowon J3 Mp3 player that sometimes I use together with my Cmoy 18V amplifier.

5. What would be your perfect audio gear setup?
I don’t crave one unique gear, I think about having one or two in-ear headphones (For now I crave the JH Angie custom in-ear) and 3 other headphones (ATH-W3000ANV, Sennheiser HD600, Stax SR-007). I think like that because one headphone in the majority of times doesn’t play all songs well and also there are times one desires a different sound (Relaxed, analytical or in-between).

6. What is your favorite format for audio and why?
I use 320kbps MP3s a lot and my favorite albums I hear in FLAC.
One of the motives for me to use MP3s is because there isn’t so much difference between the later and FLAC in the great majority of the songs I hear.

Interview conducted in 04/01/2016 translated to English from Portuguese. 

The concept behind Audio Enthusiasts was inspired from the amazing My Linux Rig. If you want to get interviewed drop me a line on my Tumblr, or viaTwitter.

Audio Enthusiasts – Helmuth Lageschaar – Electronic Engineer.

Helmuth is a Dutch electronic engineer with some mighty skills with the soldering iron and spectacular loudpeaker designs, I really advise a visit to his blog to enjoy his projects.

1. Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
Yes I would.

2. What music do you enjoy and why?
Music I like all styles. I listen to everything that has quality. My taste is pop and that converts to Jazz en blues now. Because I know my favourite popsongs by now.

3. Why are you enthusiastic about audio?
From childhood my father was repairing TV’s he was very interested in video. But we had great audio gear to that had my passion. In the seventies we listen to local illegal radio stations on Sunday. In my home town we had “Radio Central” the name came from wired radio home to home central radio system.

4. What audio gear do you use?
Diy tube amp own design. DAB tuner Sansui. Philips DVD SACD. Thorens TD124 Turntable and my own speakers of course.

5. What would be your perfect audio gear setup?
My perfect audio set would be my hybrid tube amp, speakers and my own turntable that i have in mind to build. Vinyl gives to most emotion when playing the best format.

6. What is your favorite format for audio and why?
Like i said vinyl, I did compare. The same song from vinyl en CD and also did compare it as Mp3 file. The emotion soundstage is a extra layer of vinyl recordings. I have new LP’s as from Jose James. It sounds like Mp3 from LP.
I have sixties recordings from LP and CD they are absolute much better then seventies recordings and up.
I found a recording engineer on Youtube. He explained in the sixties they documented a performance. Now they mix a song. You miss the room information en the group standing performing. It is emotionless.

Interview conducted 03/01/2016 

The concept behind Audio Enthusiasts was inspired from the amazing My Linux Rig. If you want to get interviewed drop me a line on my Tumblr, or via Twitter.