Originally Posted by JeremyR
Originally Posted by kstuart
IF your music listening is not 30-40% acoustic music - classical, folk, jazz, then the Mad Dog is better for anyone who is not a musician or audio professional or audiophile.
I kind of get musician and audio professional, but audiophile? really? I am 44 years old and have listened to music pretty much every day of my life. The better the sound quality, the more I appreciate it. At what point does one become an audiophile? What does one have to do to be a card carrying member? To use your earlier analogy about waxed ski's, you might not know why one ski seems better then another (and a pro would), but you would know one was better. I think anyone who appreciates music can benefit from quality equipment.
Again, people take this as a status, and it is not - it is just an activity.
Generally, people these days are in the room with music all the time. Stores have music, TV shows and movies have music. People play music to relax. All just fine.
Some people pay attention to the music, have favorite artists, follow those artists on tour around the country, etc.
The three types of people mentioned in the quote are those who pay attention to small details of the sound - how clear is the hall reverberation, is the sound of the fingers hitting the bass strings clear or dulled a little, how close does the tone of the trumpet sound to a real trumpet, etc.
Audiophiles do that by definition. No good or bad, right or wrong associated with it.
Going back to the skis example, professionals pick through as many as a dozen pairs of the same model skis, waxed slightly differently - or even just slight production variations. I know that I could not tell them apart.
So as far as "anyone who appreciates music can benefit from quality equipment" - I am trying to debunk that idea, and here is another example. There is an episode of Top Gear UK (I think about a year ago), where they try to drive professional race cars. The results are comical, despite the fact that all of them drive cards for a living (to review them). In some cases, pro equipment could be used by anyone else (baseball comes to mind), but many times not.
Of course, salesmen always promote "anyone who appreciates music can benefit from quality equipment"...