Originally Posted by oicdn
Don't you think however, that if you had NO hi-fi friends nearby, your rig would be as "high end" as it is? Or a better question, if there wasn't a forum to interact with other enthusiasts, would your rig be the same? Of course there's a balance to things, but generally speaking.
The only hi-fi friends I have are folks I've met through Head-fi. Without Head-fi I may have some RS-1's and the RA-1 but otherwise...I wouldn't have a lot of what I own. Perhaps better put, if the internet didn't exist I'd have some Sony headphones and whatever CD/SACD player my local hi-fi shop sells. That's it that's all. Regarding my close friends, my tubes in my cd player cost more than their entire rig. The tubes in my player didn't cost that much
|Kinda like how people were pre-internet age. It seemed as if sports, hobbies, and lifestyles were more "pure" before forums started becoming a norm for most everything. In that, you have people that are genuinely interested in the hobby or culture, rather than being indulged via the internet first. And regardless of how the "informed internet community" viewed things. i.e. you like the way it sounds/is, not because the internet community says it sucks.
Kinda hard to verbalize the point I'm trying to get across....hopefully the point was made.
I'm not sure what you were saying in the above paragraph but I'll try my luck at it. Pre-internet I liked a certain sound and/or I had gear that I enjoyed or nearly enjoyed without much of the doubt and wonder many are conflicted with, better known as upgraditis. Once the web hit and forums specifically, the OCD folks were able to go nuts over the minutia of every aspect of every hobby. For us audio folks, this expanded our exposure to gear but also to perhaps new problems, better sound from X Y or Z. Now, properly or not, one might look at their rig as something less than it is.
I may have fit into that category at various times. I'm certainly an avid headphone enthusiast, moreso than if the Web had never existed. Again, I'd likely own my SR60's, perhaps the RS-1's and RA-1 because I knew about them. I'd also have a mid-fi player of some sort because I had been nurturing an appreciation for better sound through better gear. However, much of my gear is composed of older models or older designs. I'm not into the flavour of the month and I research A LOT before I buy. When I do, it's a very long-term investment. So, before the web really got going (Headwize was about to come online in a year or 2) I bought a pair of SR60's. I really enjoyed them, so much so that when I read a review about the RS-1's, I wanted them. Now, when Headwize and eventually Head-fi appeared, the big debates were 600's vs. RS-1's, then HP-1's vs 650's with Stax, HE90's and sometimes the R10's thrown in there. A year or two later the golden age of headphones began I would say and we are still in it. SOOO much gear is available. For me? I still have my SR60's and those RS-1's that I so wanted way back when. I love music and I feel I get the most out of my music with the gear I've chosen. So I'm happy. I've learned a lot, tried a lot out, met some really cool people in the process, made some friends etc. The hobby clicked for me because of the net. Are there folks who see the forum first, and miss out on the music? Missing the forest for the tress kinda thing? Sure, and that would happen anywhere.