Originally Posted by warrenpchi
Somehow, I don't think he would've had a problem had Lefsetz been lavishing praise on his HiFiMAN HE-500 instead. Basically, what he means to say is:
LOL. Seriously. That guy just wouldn't stop, and then he tried to lob it back at us.
That was hilarious.
Originally Posted by aamefford
Mike, cool article. I had not considered the old vs. new and autocratic vs. democratic angle of high end vs. personal audio. I have been fascinated by the whole Centrance HIFI-M8 development process, and the things Hifiman, AudioGD, Mr. Speakers and others are doing in engaging the community in the feature list of products - it makes good sense, to a point anyway.
"High end" based on price point to me has always been a Rob Report type hobby. $10K, $20K, $30K, $250K 2 channel system? Not even in my dreams! Headphone rig - "The Best" from $2K to $10K-ish (and pretty dang decent under $1k). "High End" speaker rig - $2K gets you some of the cables.
I've been to 3 CAS so far. The small, upstairs rooms where 3 or 4 cottage industry makers split a room and team up to build the system - THIS is where the democracy and reason still exists in high end audio, IF one stipulates that high end refers to the sound quality of the music coming out of the system, and not the price point. The Fritz/Wywires/Wired4Sound room comes to mind, but there were at least half a dozen others at each show I've attended. Rooms where +/- $5k gets you something to brag to friends about, because it sounds really good.
Alright, rant over. Mike, I'm in agreement. Great article. Thanks for the forum for my rant!
Edited a bit to remove some unnecessary venom.
Edited again to try and be "nicer" and rant a bit less.
Thanks! And thanks for your thoughtful answer. I sang the WyWires/Fritz speakers room praises while I was on the Ask The Editors panel at CAS, and in my Headmasters report on Part-Time Audiophile!!
We seem to have similar tastes. You're right - when manufacturers get together to set up rooms there is a democratization there (which was part of my title for this piece originally - as @warrenpchi saw
(he saw the RUFF COPY). However, its the fact that those manufacturers won't take risks with regard to the music they play for the most part, except the guys from Zu Audio, Peachtree, and WyWires and
Fritz! I have a buddy who's been an importer of some serious high end gear for over forty years - and he listens to completely different music at home! I beg him to take a chance, play Radiohead, Tori Amos,
ANYTHING other than the typical audiophile playlist!
They're selling themselves short there. They should be bold.
I showed up to the Wadia room at RMAF last year, played James Blake and Eskmo - and they asked me for a copy!
They LOVED it. They just gotta take chances.
and thanks again for the kind words!!