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Is Success At Head-Fi An Art Or A Science?

Poll Results: Is Success At Head-Fi An Art Or A Science?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 40% (9)
    Art
  • 13% (3)
    Science
  • 31% (7)
    It only depends on how much cash you have
  • 13% (3)
    Pure luck
22 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

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.

post #2 of 21
I find it's more of an art.
You go and experience different systems from others and work towards building your own system that you consider successful.
Not everyone will like the same system, just like how different people like different paintings or different musical genres (both are forms of art).
While to me, science is supposed to be something straight forward and I don't find building one's ideal system is a straight forward task.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GL1TCH3D View Post

I find it's more of an art.
You go and experience different systems from others and work towards building your own system that you consider successful.
Not everyone will like the same system, just like how different people like different paintings or different musical genres (both are forms of art).
While to me, science is supposed to be something straight forward and I don't find building one's ideal system is a straight forward task.

 

 

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. 


Edited by Redcarmoose - 7/25/12 at 10:10am
post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post


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. 

While copying a system I guess looks straight forward, I still don't find it a science in that sense.
There are some setups that you appreciate more than others and you'll take after some of them.

When I say buying an ideal system is not straight forward, I mean there's no list of systems for different budgets that are guaranteed winners with everybody.

I can't just say:
"If you have $500, you have to get X pair of headphones with Y DAC and Z AMP. It's guaranteed to be successful no matter what your preferences are"
post #5 of 21

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.


Edited by Kirosia - 7/25/12 at 12:25pm
post #6 of 21

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.

post #7 of 21

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!

post #8 of 21
All? None? Some? It's a hobby, if you aren't having fun, you're doing it wrong.
post #9 of 21

I chose Pure Luck.  This is a hobby, not a career choice, not a job, not an assignment.  It's for sure not pass or fail.

post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

1)  Is Head-Fi success an art or a science?

 

First we have to define the criteria for success. 

post #11 of 21

It's pure cash. Even the cheapest systems cost money. If you can't afford living essentials, well...

post #12 of 21

Wait..is success in hi fi an art or science....because being sccuessful at head fi is a weird question? Heck, how do you become successful at head fi?

post #13 of 21

How do you classify success in what many consider a journey?

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

Wait..is success in hi fi an art or science....because being sccuessful at head fi is a weird question? Heck, how do you become successful at head fi?

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by tzjin View Post

How do you classify success in what many consider a journey?

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.

post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lazarus Short View Post

I chose Pure Luck.  This is a hobby, not a career choice, not a job, not an assignment.  It's for sure not pass or fail.

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?

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