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Audio Brands ranking

Here’s my ranking of audio brands

Entry level ($50-$300)

Audio-Technica

Beats Audio/SMS Audio/SOUL by Ludacris/House of Marley/etc other artist sponsored brands (please avoid these)

Skullcandy (please avoid)

Apple/Google/Dell/Microsoft/Lenovo/Amazon/etc tech brands getting into audio

Logitech/Razer/Corsair/Roccat/Steelseries/etc gaming brands (Logitech is ok, the others are usually way overpriced)

Creative Labs

Bose (entry level is better value than their high end)

Cambridge Audio

Monster Cables (their non-cable stuff is actually decent value)

JBL

Etymotic

Samsung

LG

Altec Lansing

Vizio

Pioneer

JVC

Ultimate Ears

Boston Acoustics

JAMO

Yamaha

Libratone

Edifier

Fluance

Fender

Marshall

Philips

Audioengine

Peachtree Audio

Koss

V-Moda

Cowon

Oppo/FiiO/Xiaomi/iBasso/Shanling/Cayin/good quality Chinese brands

Midrange ($300-$1000)

Klipsch

Polk Audio

Harman Kardon

Beyerdynamic

Definitive Technology

Shure

Westone

Sony

Sonos

Acoustic Research

Grado

AKG

Lexicon

Master&Dynamic

Bowers and Wilkins

B&O Play

Infinity

Denon

Onkyo

Marantz

Sennheiser (actually they are good at every range but I like their midrange the best)

High end ($1000+)

Linn Audio

Hifiman

Woo Audio

KEF

Audeze

Bang and Olufsen

Astell&Kern

Jerry Harvey Audio (i.e the ‘new’ Ultimate Ears since UE got acquired by Logitech)

Ultimate Ears Pro (custom monitors)

Noble Audio

Revel

Wharfdale

Focal

Fostex

Stax

Naim Audio

Devialet

Meridian Audio

Audioquest

Burmeister

Dynaudio

Mark Levinson

MartinLogan

Magnepan

Wilson Audio

Quad Electroacoustics

Eminent Technology

Why do Audiophiles hate Bose?

What Audiophiles like might not be what normal people like. Usually, Audiophiles prefer a flat frequency response – no unnatural boosts in any frequency. Bose products usually smooth out the frequency to make it sound more pleasant to people’s ears. Bose products generally sound very good, so that old line of No Highs No Lows Must be Bose doesn’t really apply at least not for me, I think Bose’s Soundlink speakers and Quietcomfort headphones do indeed have decent highs and lows. It’s the unnatural frequency boost that audiophiles ie. purists don’t like because its not what the original recording intended.

But at least Bose boosts the frequencies evenly, unlike Beats for example which boosts the lows just wayyy too much.

Also, don’t necessarily trust audiophiles, if they claim to hear such minute differences as the difference between 99.99% oxygen free copper cables and pure silver cables, balanced headphones and non balanced headphones, the extra frequencies vinyl and hi res audio have over CD, or they have a $5k electro-static headphones paired with a $1k DAC and $1k tube headphone amp or a $50k speaker setup with professional sound proofing or whatever, then good for them. For the majority of us humans who have just normal hearing not superhuman hearing, Bose is usually good enough.

Main devices (phones and laptops)

I would like to post a tribute to all my main computers and laptops (the ones I mostly use) throughout my life. I’ve had many secondary devices as well, but these are the ones I mainly used. Also since phones and laptops are the two main electronic devices we use in everyday life I’ll keep it to that, so no tablets or mp3 players here. Those are technically luxuries because their functions can easily be replaced by a phone or laptop.

Phones

Samsung D900 “Black Carbon” (2007-2010) – my first real cellphone and the phone i mostly used throughout my university years

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iPhone 3G (2010-2011) – My first smartphone

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iPhone 4S (2011-2013) – my main smartphone during my first years in California

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iPhone 5S (2013-2014) 

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (2014-2016) – this was my main phone during my Korea years

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Google Pixel (2016-2017) 

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Google Pixel 2 (2017-present)

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Computers

Dell Inspiron 7500 (2003-2007) – my first laptop, used throughout all my high school years

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Gateway M285 (2007-2008) – convertible, used throughout university years

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Dell Latitude E4200 (2008-2011) – used throughout the remainder of my university years

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HP Envy 14 Beats Edition (2011-2014) – my main laptop throughout my San Francisco years

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Lenovo ThinkPad X240 (2014-2016) – main laptop throughout Korea years

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2016-2017)

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Lenovo ThinkPad TP25 (2017-present)

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