|Originally posted by Tyll Hertsens
I'm bummed because he had/has the opportunity to do something much greater than be a fondly remembered sidenote in the history of a miniscule branch of the consumer electronics industry.
I personally think he started Headwize to simply share his enthusiasm, love and ideas for all things headphone which he thinks was lacking on the Internet at that time. He didn't aim for greatness but just want to keep the spirit of the Internet and that is the sharing of information. For that alone he deserve (and I think he is) more than be a sidenote in history. Small it may be. Without Headwize, there would be no Head-Fi. If everybody migrates to Head-Fi (ok maybe not all), I think it would still be fine with him. His primary target is still achieved. And that is the love of Headphones. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about isn't it? He just wanted that small space in the world (ok just cyberspace) and contribute his share. How many of us can say that we do the same? If it means going non-commercial, non-governmental and purely social, then there is nothing wrong with the way he went about doing it. So it gave us withdrawal symptoms when the site went down. For that he deserve the death penalty. (ok joking!). I think he tried very hard to make it work without giving up his principles but at the end of the day it just proved insurmountable. He still needs to keep his day job and couldn't risk anything more in order to expand or improve the website. In the end Head-Fi came about to fill the void and he must have breathe a sigh of relief although a little sad now that most people go to Head-Fi instead of Headwize. Yes, I'm one of those people and feeling damn guilty about it.
Without Headwize I wouldn't have gained entry into the big bad world of hi-fi. I wouldn't even dare to enter its waters. Headwize eased me slowly into it. Now look where it got me. Broke. (ok joking)
As for the pills, I was referring to the Matrix. Didn't expect a lot of other colors or turn into a philosophical question. I just wanted people to forget what I say if they don't understand.
|Originally posted by fjhuerta
I also think Headwize has a place in the headphone world. Or, more to the point, it had.
For you to deny Chu his place in the headphone world is wrong. Just plain wrong. If I had created a website on microphones and only one person visited and learn something from it, then I would have done my share in contributing something back to the Internet community. The headphone world doesn't revolve itself around just one or two websites. Or only the popular ones. The fact that Headwize is attracting newbies with newbies questions proves as much. And remember, nobody remains a newbie forever. Just the fact that he has an alternative view or opinion means that he has already contributed something back. I sure as hell wouldn't want any newbie to take the words of the veterans as gospel.
I can understand the advantages of combining Headwize and Head-Fi together. At the same time I can also understand the desire by Chu to keep them separated (it may be for selfish reasons, I don't know). Separate websites makes the community divided you say? So what? I used to be a PDA enthusiast and I can tell you that I enjoy visiting all the many (very many) websites with its very varied opinions, separate forums, both commercial and non-commercial. Every website has its own unique characteristics and contribution. I say the more websites the merrier. It only serves to expand the headphone world and quicken its advancement. So what if some of them fails. It only serves to make the others stronger.
Somebody once said that it only requires you to change just one person for you to change the world. No matter how small that thing may be. Chu did that for me.
Ok. That was a bit long.