Originally Posted by foo_me
alot people seem care too much about the hardware and not enough about the software
Emphasis added. ^^^
Always easy to criticize those whom you don't know or understand.
In my own case, which may or may not be representative here at Head-Fi: I find, for instance, that it does me little good to come to Head-Fi with debate threads about whether I should buy a certain CD or LP. For the most part, if I want to try something out, I will. Paying $10 to $20 to try out something new is no big deal and not something that makes me blink an eye.
If I'm not sure what pressing to get or which album represents an artist's best work, then I'll ask the question at the Steve Hoffman forums where I've found that, on average, the member there are much more likely to:
a) appreciate where I'm coming from in terms of my musical tastes and preferences because the average age there is much closer to my own, and
b) it's a forum that is specifically designed for intricate questions about music and sound reproduction (i.e., the resulting software).
So it would be easy for someone to conclude that I'm more interested in gear than in music, because that's what I'm always talking about here. Yet, as interesting as I find 'gear' (as such) to be in it's own right, the equipment I use is only a means to an end. It would be completely useless, other than it's value as art, if I hadn't been listening to music for nearly every waking hour of my life for as long as I can remember!
Heck, I haven't had a TV in my home since 1988 (my first year of law school). It would just be a distraction for me because I'd rather be listening to music, 100% of the time! Not 90% or 99%. I have no use for a TV whatsoever, and don't miss it a bit. (Ok, in truth, up until about 2 years ago, I at least had a physical TV, but it was only used to watch DVDs, and even then I typically played one concert DVD for every movie.) I can still do so on my laptop if need be, and I'm about to set up a killer home theater system, but that will be mostly for my girlfriend and for parties/guests.
Anyway, the whole point is that if you were to look at my posts, most of them have to do with "gear" rather than music, but that's because Head-Fi is designed to be a gadget place more than anything. Why would someone post long, detailed reviews about the last album that they bought, when it can be purchased for $10, but the headphone system they used to listen to it cost hundreds or even thousands?