- Jan 25, 2017
I understand what you are saying, just don't agree. Labeling as an established audiophile seems to negate the process of enjoying music and the various ways to do so. How does one become an established audiophile? I enjoyed your description earlier of perfect pitch. Whose to say you aren't hearing nuance in your cans now? To me, the concept of audiophile has almost nothing to do with how one describes or what one hears, but a love of music and the equipment used to enjoy it. I am new to the hobby, and will not pretend to be technically competent at describing what I am hearing on a graph or EQ. But I know when something sounds good. I am able to discern the difference between a loose and wooly bass to a tight, punchy and controlled bass. The person who is enjoying their first concert is just as capable of picking out the most nuanced quality. It isn't from lack of experience that may cause them to hear differently as much as their sensory focus will be more in tune with the experience or figuring out the energy. I think we all listen differently. I have seen over 1000 concerts in my life. I still hear the music the same way. I am just more familiar with the scene and how to maneuver it. In that sense I agree with your description. However, our ability to experience the music is only as great as what we put into it. Audiophile or not, you are here to share and learn. That makes you as experienced as the next.
If you understand what I said, you must recognise it to be logic. In order to develop a full understanding of anything, one must study and encounter it over a longer period of time, or with greater intensity than the occasional student. And that is what defines an educated audiophile versus the novice one. Why on earth would that negate the process of enjoying music ? Does being a Heart Consultant negate the process of becoming one ? Its just a question of definition. I actually referred to "established audiophiles" and to ".. in an educated audiophile manner" so you are actually taking my words out of context somewhat, in your disagreement, but I appreciate your reason for doing so. But there has to be a difference between a novice audiophile and an experienced one. Else there would be no experts in the world Being new to audio as I am, I would never presume to say I am as experienced as someone who has been into it for significantly longer than me. I've heard many concerts but not as many as you. But what I do know is the first time I heard one I did not have as great an appreciation as I do now. I'm sure the mechanics of hearing the sounds are the same (if anything they are not as good, since our hearing deteriorates over time in an irreparable manner) but the appreciation and understanding is what changes. Does that make sense ?