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4/26/06 at 7:00pm
Originally Posted by Rock&Roll Ninja
7. Marrying a woman who loves pop-country.
Originally Posted by Ferbose
Welly Wu, it is refreshing to see someone breaking out of the hype cloud and speak in all frankness. Many of the abnormal phenomena you described simply take advantage of common psychological weaknesses of audiophiles. Audiophiles want exclusiveness, rareness, exoticness, absolutism, out-of-the-world experience and an enlightened path to audio perfection. The industry almost has to take advantage of these weaknesses to make healthy profits. Audio has not improved that much since the sixties. There almost has to be constant hyping to keep things going.
Anyway, my biggest mistakes are:
1. Thinking that one system can satisfy all kinds of music.
After all, hi-fi is all about the holy grail. One holy grail system should make all kinds of music sound like heaven. If it does not, it is because there are weaknesses. When everything is perfect, all kinds of music can be taken care of. REALLY?
It took me quite some time to realize, I want to hear classical music presented in a different way than rock music, and jazz in yet another way. Engineers use different microphones for different instruments, different environments and different music types. There is no "perfect microphone" for everything. Playback is the reverse of recording. Why should there be a perfect playback system for everything? Why shouldn't we choose to use different components depending on music types, like having a headphone just for rock and an amplifier just for jazz?
2. Spending too much time tweaking with speaker postitioning and sticking foams into the ports and masking the grille. Some fundamental flaws on inexpensive speakers just can't be corrected.
3. Hoping to convince myself how good my component is by reading reviews.
Originally Posted by Edwood
#10. Becoming a member of Head-fi.