Has anyone here ever gone looking for a new television or projector, only to stumble onto a board full of videophiles ? I dont know if I have just been very unlucky, but I rarely buy new TVs just to keep up with the Joneses or keep on top of new technology - God help anyone who doesnt know their stuff when you encounter this particular breed. I was once given a half-page rant for suggesting that I thought I didnt need a plasma panel - apparently this was akin to casting aspersions on various board members parentage. Lesson learnt - avoid the zealots.
Long story short, I dont really care about pixel count or aspect ratio or other gobbledygook, and I would be quite happy to buy a TV based on a WHF recommendation and some glossy ads - its just a TV. I want a known brand and I want it pronto - I'm not going online to look for a freaking TV. Similarly, I'll probably buy the next Playstation over the next XBox, but I dont lie awake at night over that decision. These are appliances to me - much like a refrigerator - I just want something reasonable that will last 5 or so years.
Fast forward to 2-channel audio, and I find that I now have some very strong prejudices, courtesy of this site and others. If some poor devil wanders into Head-Fi asking about Bose or Beats or something of that ilk, and I might just give them a half page rant. For an 'anti-audiophile' with some decidedly mid-fi aspirations, it would seem that some of the shared online culture of the dreaded audiophile has seeped into my pores. I have to remind myself what it felt like to be on the other end of that videophile's rant, and my incredulity that anyone could get so worked up about an electrical gadget, Its particularly sad when I reflect on how little I actually know about electronics - all I know is that the Bose kit that I've actually heard is poor value for money, IN MY SUBJECTIVE OPINION.
We probably need to take a step back and ask where writers like this bozo get their ammunition - my suspicion is that its handed to them by the boxful. The pedophile bit is beyond pathetic, but its the first time I've seen the other criticisms - there is an old rant floating around about why sound engineers loathe hardcore audiophiles. My advice is to turn your computer off and crank those tunes that make you happy.