The big news in premium home audio is that Marantz is becoming available through Future Shop. Their stuff is pretty high end, focusing on quality and top tier performance. Not everyone has learned to appreciate the difference premium quality can make so lets take at an example of how the sort of products Marantz offers can make a difference for you via music therapy.
Marantz has partnered with accredited music therapist, Jennifer Buchanan. She’s implemented hundreds of music therapy programs already with her own practice, where her team serves close to two thousand clients every week. With music therapy, as Jennifer explains, it can really help people achieve various goals ranging from increased motivation, to the alleviation of stress and anxiety. The basic principle is to use music to change people’s moods and behaviour.
A lot of us listen to music while we work, for example. Jennifer suggest you become more aware and intentional when incorporating music into your home and workspaces. The first step is checking the quality of your sound delivery system. A great, high performance sound system can make a world of difference with sound that feels live and washes over you. It's sound you can feel down to your core. When you have high end sound it feels much more present and immersive. With a small boombox or cheap headphones, for example, it can distort sound and make you subconsciously more aware of the device. It feels like theres something between you and the sound. You never forget where it's coming from and it can’t affect you as positively. It can even contribute to stress. It may not sound ‘bad’ per se, but the clearer and deeper the sound you have, the more relaxing and comforting it becomes. Of course a high end gear like the stuff from Marantz is going to help with this. I suggest spending some time in your local Future Shop, checking out high end audio. Take your time listening to it. Close your eyes. Let yourself get immersed. It really does make a big difference and if you’ve never experienced it, chances are you don’t know what you’re missing.
Once you have the right gear in place Jennifer’s second point for music therapy is to be very deliberate with your listening. Many people put on the radio and if theres music they hate, or ads, they just grit and bear it while they wait for something they like. Why listen to something you find grating in this day and age? Don't just ‘live through’ it and wait it out. Learn to identify what sort of music makes you feel certain ways and start developing your own playlists. Get a few playlists for different moods and states of mind so you can play them when you want to, for example, unwind, or get motivated to do something. When you listen to music try to become more aware of how it affects you. It can often be quite subtle, Jennifer says, but there's always some signs if you learn to watch for them. If you just start out with four different playlists, it can help you direct your mood and demeanor towards where you want it to be. Of course, having more playlists is always better, including multiple different options for different emotional state goals you have.
The big takeaways on this are that it can really help to become more aware of what you’re listening to and how it affects you. With high quality audio and the right playlist you can use music to actively shape your day.
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