1) Is Head-Fi success an art or a science?
2) Is it just how much cash you have?
3) Post your conclusions and why.
If you emulated an exact system, it maybe would be a science. I wonder how many do that. You would go to a show, listen to all the great set-ups, then make a copy. Funny how you don't see more of that going on.
I agree though. I see it as an art when your just building a system from different purchases.
It's a paradox. You buy headphones for better sound on current equipment, only to end up replacing said equipment to complement the headphones, then change the headphones since you realized that does nothing, and then someone's grandfather gets pregnant because you just couldn't let go and enjoy the music.
Is it not science to some and art to others?
To me, its art, because I can appreciate and differentiate sound, but cannot break down the hard science behind how it became that way.
Not to mention, success is easier to measure in science, but impossible to measure in art.
Pure luck. If you define "success" as being happy with your system and never feeling the need to upgrade, then I'm guessing there are many, many unsuccessful people at head-fi. Anyone who can manage to do that is obviously very lucky!
A successful journey. Becoming happy with your gear at some point. Reaching your goals and expectations. Becoming satisfied and fulfilled with a headphone set-up.
Some folks just believe there is a quantification and method to doing everything.
I look at it as an assignment. I have always had goals and dreams involved with my endeavors, that's just me. I truly think folks pass and fail at this.
There is luck involved which maybe makes it un-scientific?