I was up far past my usual point of slumber last night listening to music. I found a new method which allows relatively ultimate clarity. Mainly by ripping a CD into raw waveform, and playing it directly from a PCI 16bit soundcard. This bypasses any CD DACs and noisy wires within the computer -- I assume. The fact that I'm getting much crisper results from a relatively cheap soundcard, than any other of my electronic devices only reinforces the fact that I have horrible audio equipment.
Soon that will be changing. I ordered a pair of Sennheiser HD600s, along with a Headroom Cosmic headphone amp. I have two CD players with optical out, I'm not sure if the Cosmic has optical in though. If not I can still bypass shoddy jack connections and get a significantly better sound. Glee!
As a result of last night, I gave about six of Plaid's songs from Double Figure a much more in depth listening. After my initial first scan of the disc, I wasn't very impressed save but for a few highlights.
I can say that I have warmed to more of the songs though, and I'm starting to enjoy it more. The odd thing about Plaid is that unlike other IDM offerings, the songs are not baffling. I think it is the relatively simplicity that turned me off initially.
Lurking far beneath the surface sounds are interesting deviations and subtle nuances. I can't say that I am in love with this disc yet, but I definitely am starting to appreciate it.