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  • One thing I lack these days is access to organ music recordings ...

    ... and the means to play them back with total audiophile quality.

    My favorite organ recordings were produced by Columbia Records in the 1950s-1970's by such artists as E Power Biggs and Anthony Newman. Sony music now has custody of all former Columbia material. Sony has not yet seen fit to offer much of this material in digital format. Some of the stuff I have I had to get crappy YouTube uploads which are less than audiophile quality. This stuff was ripped from vinyl and sounds scratchy and distorted.

    I have crap for personal music-listening equipment too.

    Motorola Moto E4 smartphone
    Android on it
    Musicalet player app
    Vipex $60 Bluetooth headset from that is rotten for music
    cheesy little PC speakers on my desktop
    cheesy Panasonic corded headphone
    cheap little Sony boombox

    Back in the 1970's my mother had a nice huge Electrophonic home hi-fi that weighed a ton. Big heavy 12" woofer floor speakers. Organ/Bach/harpsichord music on Columbia Records LP's and 8-track by Biggs and Newman. The records when brand new out of the covers sounded divine when played back on this home stereo. It was like hearing a cathedral organ live. The records and tapes are long gone and so is the old heavy-duty hi-fi system.

    Let me ask you people now: what are the best Bluetooth headphones (with built-in telephone mic) for listening to organ music? A headset that gives that ambience like inside a cathedral live.
    Last edited by jonmyrlebailey; 07-21-2020, 01:07 PM.

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    The ambience is recorded into the music. Headphones do not provide ambience. Headphones with mics assume that your purpose is communication! If you want quality music reproduction avoid headphones with built in microphones. I would go as far as avoiding Bluetooth. I imagine it can do an o.k. job with music but you appear particularly discerning. Go right to wired headphones and you can get flat response from 5hz (not a typo) to 22khz, that is well above the limit of most human's hearing range.

    I don't know how old you are but there aren't any young children (legally) registered on Organ Forum. We all have pasts. The sound system I had in the 90's before my divorce would rip the lungs out of your mother's hi-fi, clean up the mess, and pass a polygraph test afterwards. Let's not overshare too much lest we unwittingly re-trigger forum members at large that have suffered financial setbacks or other changes of circumstance.


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      I think the ambience you seek must come from the recording. Youtube greatly distorts sound and image quality. The best recordings would be wav. files I think. Sometimes I like to listen to music on the quieter side, even to an extreme, it seems to reduce any artificial and electronic sounding artifacts while leaving others so quiet that my imagination fills in what I want to hear. But it then helps to use ear muffs over ear buds to block out any external noise eliminating the ambience around you while allowing you to adjust to an increased listening sensitivity since there isn't the slightest competing sound.

      It may help to use an equalizer to adjust the playback to your liking. Turning up the high frequencies around 16k and higher may add crispness to the ambience in the recording as well as turning up the lowest frequency some to help boost the low frequencies that are natural to large spaces. Playback through windows media player and using their WOW effect will add a lot of dimension turning even a single mono speaker into a somewhat surround sounding experience.
      Allen 530A