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post #31 of 56

 

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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

In my definition, an audiophile is someone who understands the science of music.

 

 

so most head-fiers arent audiophiles?

post #32 of 56

 

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Originally Posted by bellsprout View Post

 

 

so most head-fiers arent audiophiles?

 

I can't say that for anyone, its *my* understanding of an audiophile. I feel I need to know what I'm doing/changing, and how it'll affect the output. Some may not. There's no official definition.


Edited by proton007 - 4/23/12 at 2:36am
post #33 of 56

I liked this quote

 

"A music lover will stop what he's doing and stay glued to a favorite piece of music even if it's coming over a 3" speaker or a public-address system...."

 

Thing is, that applies to many an audiophile.

post #34 of 56

They are not mutually exclusive terms. 

post #35 of 56

Truth is the dude strikes a nerve. Just take it like a man and don't get all butthurt about it. I admit to recognising myself in some of his remarks. Not in the pedophile one though. It's good to look at things from a different perspective now and then. Reality check's good for the brain. And the wallet. wink_face.gif

post #36 of 56

Reality check = good. 

 

Reality check from this guy? = ridiculous. Even when he is right, he somehow twists it something nearly useless. He does more harm than good for photography and audio. 

post #37 of 56

 

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Originally Posted by liamstrain View Post

They are not mutually exclusive terms. 

 

They are actually closer to mutually inclusive as the "phil" suffix comes from Greek meaning "lover" (obsessed, much affection for, etc) and the prefix "audio" coming from the Latin verb "to hear" (to listen etc). Without taking much liberty one can make a direct and accurate translation and definition of "audiophile" as "music lover".

 

We all vary to differing degrees of what part of "audio" is more important to us, the music itself, or the reproduction, but no music lover loves the transistor radio sound, even of his favorite track, and no 'gear head' wants to hear music that he can't stand, even on the finest equipment.

 

I repeat. Ken Rockwell is a moron, and for a journalist, quite unaware of what the words he uses mean.

post #38 of 56

Why do I find his definitions of music lover and audiophile so childish? In fact, the entire article seems fairly childish while half bragging about him being a superior breed of people who listen to music from some made up golden age. By his definition, a person who enjoys $200 headphones as well as $700 headphones equally is not an audiophile? Someone who only owns one amp can't be an audiophile? 


There is so little thought put into this article...


Edited by DNZGamer - 4/27/12 at 3:46pm
post #39 of 56

The article appears to be filled with contempt for audiophiles.

 

I'll never look at his website again for Photo info and reviews. Makes me suspect his photo credentials and opinions.

post #40 of 56

Dumb exaggerations. What makes him think that an audiophile can't also enjoy music? He's making a false dichotomy by saying that.

post #41 of 56

There are people in every field/hobby/whatever who will try to substitute experience and understanding with large sums of money.  Audio is not an exception, it's just a case where the behavior is very visible.

post #42 of 56
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Originally Posted by kmj2587 View Post

There are people in every field/hobby/whatever who will try to substitute experience and understanding with large sums of money.  Audio is not an exception, it's just a case where the behavior is very visible. 

there are people who have more money than they know to do with who have a garage of exotic cars, but i wouldn't say they are car enthusiasts. car enthusiasts know what a cam shaft is.

 

i can't think of any other fields of interest where increasing one's knowledge isn't a part of the appeal and enthusiasts aren't more informed than non enthusiasts.


Edited by bellsprout - 5/1/12 at 10:47pm
post #43 of 56
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Originally Posted by Prog Rock Man View Post

I liked this quote

 

"A music lover will stop what he's doing and stay glued to a favorite piece of music even if it's coming over a 3" speaker or a public-address system...."

 

Thing is, that applies to many an audiophile.

 

One of the worst experiences of my life was realising that the lift music at a tower in the Brisbane CBD was a Muzak version of  'Born in the USA'. If there is a hell, the people responsible for that atrocity are most definitely headed straight there. So many Whtney Houston hits to choose from, and they paid EMI for the rights to rape a rock classic - unforgivable. 

post #44 of 56
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

 

One of the worst experiences of my life was realising that the lift music at a tower in the Brisbane CBD was a Muzak version of  'Born in the USA'. If there is a hell, the people responsible for that atrocity are most definitely headed straight there. So many Whtney Houston hits to choose from, and they paid EMI for the rights to rape a rock classic - unforgivable. 

 

This means "Death To My Hometown!"

 

Something like this would never happen up here in Canada because "We Take Care Of Our Own".

post #45 of 56

I think I will write my own article: "what is an 4sshole"

 

I will then go about telling my life story like it is gospel in order to establish a position of authority from which I can belittle and ridicule people who hold beliefs and embark in practices that I consider to be foolish, misguided and wasteful, and ultimately liken them to pedophiles.

 

What a horrible and pathetic person the author of that article must be...

 

Of course I think he fundamentally misrepresents audiophiles as to why they actually bother changing equipment.  What about musicians who buy million dollar magical violins?

 

If such a person did exist and he depicts in his article, I would pity them rather than bother to spend time ridiculing them. 


Edited by drez - 5/6/12 at 5:09am
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