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What makes audiophiles tick? (psychology of audiophiles)

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by Phronesis, Apr 17, 2018.
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  1. Phronesis
    What makes audiophiles tick?

    Are we obsessed with music? Are we obsessed with sonic quality for its own sake, sometimes giving it too much priority as compared to the music itself? Are we fascinated with the technicalities of music reproduction? If all of the above, is there a conflict between these goals? I tell myself to focus on enjoying music, but I do sometimes find myself distracted by these other goals.

    Are we audiophiles people who experience moments of musical bliss and, like addicts, keep chasing higher and more frequent musical highs? Is there are a risk in experiencing higher highs, in the sense that it becomes more difficult to enjoy lower highs (i.e., lesser equipment)? Can the addiction become so extreme that we suffer from pursuing something which isn't attainable?

    Is there anything fundamentally different about passion for audio vs other passions?
  2. colonelkernel8
    Obsessive compulsive disorder combined with a mixture of the remaining things you mentioned.
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  3. skwoodwiva
    More effing drama....
    I will make 1 post & be done!

    I am genetically a hunter, yes, 23& me confirmed.
    Imagine a hunters thrill at landing dinner by lust listening to his prey!

    You can see in a recent wild planet, BBC documentary.
    A fox diving through deep snow to catch a mouse! The skill used, only hearing.
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  4. castleofargh Contributor

    poor fox must be like "dude your snow is broken".

    there are probably more reasons than varieties of breakfast cereals. I'm sure some people even like music ^_^.
    we had at least one topic along the same lines but I'm too much of a noob to find it apparently.
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  5. ev13wt
    We are, bear with me here, half animal. As such we like our endorphins and other lovely feelings.

    Hobbies in general cater to those needs / wants.

    Feels good man! :)
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  6. SoundAndMotion
    What's the other half?
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  7. ev13wt
    I'll know when i die. :p
    Its up for you to answer that. (Edit: for yourself)

    I think we are flirting very hard with the forum rules as well.
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  8. skwoodwiva
    This, my latest surmizing about the division here at hadfi (no edit needed some had, some do have the head!) is telling & ties into this direction I am going
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  9. SoundAndMotion
    After dissecting everything from earthworms to humans, I'm sure both my halves are animal...

    If the forum rules are cute, I don't mind a bit of flirting.... have to check with my wife...
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  10. bfreedma

    Meaningless posts linking to other meaningless posts. I dislike ignoring members, but it’s time.

    What I don’t understand is why you stay here if you dislike it so much. Every other sub forum would be an acceptable place for your posts, but you continue here without any discernible attempt to make an effort to do anything other than seagull posting
  11. Phronesis
    I actually made the hunting analogy with my wife a few days ago. I think it's a guy thing more than a you specifically thing, hence audio shops, high-end car dealerships, etc. and the associated forums being populated almost entirely by men.
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  12. ev13wt
    I have it wrong. Females are 51% and men 49% (+-,999)

    Maybe one half is looking for, or has found another half. Maybe it fits. In bed, errr I mean anatomically.

    Some search for soulmates.

    42 man, 42.
  13. skwoodwiva
    Because I am an audiophile of some, enough, significant standing here now. I know we differ greatly on what the minimum abilities of such a one is to have. I have followers, have recieved some affirmation that I qualify.
  14. skwoodwiva
    Another wild thread day
    Maybe more civil, ehh?
  15. Phronesis
    Cuz I'm pretty new here and don't yet know what I walked into ... :)
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