I found this on the net, so true!.. but which category would you admit to fitting into?
I think I'm part 'technical' and part 'subjective'..... probably currently more the latter as I seek to learn more about the technical side.
There's a sub-context which seems to hint that
most audiophiles are imbeciles, of the same ilk. In
reality, there are many categories of audiophiles,
of which I can discern at least 3-4 major types:
i) The 'technical' type: they fiddle endlessly with
their systems, modifying things, trying out new
subsystems, etc. in their quest for technical
excellence. They're looking for the 'best' technical
parameters, and are willing to pay more for components
that are *measurably* better. These are the types who
will shell out more for a premium op-amp. Their
gurus include Bob Widlar, John Linsley Hood,
Nelson Pass, Hugh Dean, T. Giesberts, John Curl,
Bob Pease, and numerous other circuit designers
and acoustics people. They listen to their equipment,
not to their music.
ii) The 'subjective' type: their main criterion is that
their favourite pieces of music should *sound* better.
They're willing to accept high levels of distortion,
provided that it makes their music sound better to
their ears. These are the sort that experiment with
guitar amps, reverb units, vacuum-tube circuitry
etc. Many are willing to pay a high premium for
stuff that sounds better to their ears. They listen
to their music, not to their equipment.
iii) The snobs: They don't care for the technicals,
or the sound, as long as it is *expensive*, and has been
recommended by positive reviews in the audiophile
magazines. Their primary criteria is the *exclusivity*
that high prices bring. These are the types that
detest CD audio, op-amps, solid-state power amps,
etc., because it made high-quality sound available
to just about any Tom, Dick and Harry on the street.
They're likely to prefer turntables with optical pickups,
vinyl, vacuum tube electronics, and obscenely priced
equipment in general, like $7200 speaker cables. Their
gurus are the editors and reviewers in high-end audio
magazines, like Dave Clark. They don't listen to either
their music or their equipment - but their equipment
is on display to show that they can afford it.
iv) The great unwashed: Like the snobs, they don't
care about the sound or the technicals - but they do
care about peer acceptance. They're likely to buy
anything as long as their peers deem it to be cool,
regardless of the quality of the sound. They're likely
to buy stuff that's marketed well, regardless of
quality. They're likely to buy Sony, Bose, Apple
IPods, Monster Cable, etc. Their gurus are Steve
Jobs and Amar Bose. The listen to and hoard a
lot of music, usually MP3s.
The people in categories (i) and (ii) don't regard those
in (iii) and (iv) as audiophiles at all. Category (i) will
generally talk to everybody else, even if they don't
agree with them. Category (ii) will only talk with
Category (i), if at all. Category (iii) won't talk with
anybody else, except maybe Category (ii) occasionally.
Category (iv) will talk with everybody else, but after
they're rejected by Categories (ii) and (iii), will take
refuge in offering technical advice and recommendations
to Category (i) - who don't usually suffer fools gladly.
I'm OK with categories (i) and (ii). Category (iii) is
insufferable, but they stick to conning themselves and
they don't talk much to the others anyway. Category (iv)
consists of the real losers, the victims. They can
sometimes be redeemed by convincing them of the
error of their ways, and can sometimes transition to
category (ii) or (i) if they're deprogrammed adequately.
Edited by Ari33 - 3/22/13 at 5:31am