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Maybe Pez & Tyson should start an online review publication called "The Honest Audiophile". That will most certainly weed through the people that have some balls.
Maybe Jason will but I won't. If there were gear out there that was super-amazing-awesome that I could lust after and try to save for to have at home, maybe. But there just isn't. If going to 10 years of RMAF and having a ton of crazy audio buddies locally has taught me anything, it's that there's an upper limit (a ceiling) to what's actually possible for Hi Fi Audio to reproduce. And it's not all that much higher than what people with modest but good quality systems already have. Part of the problem is that reviewers have led us to believe that if we could just manage to swing buying a "cost no object" or "no compromise" component or system, that the heavens will open and the angels will sing to us. And that's a bunch of bullshit. The difference between a modest but good system and a 'cost-no-object-no-compromise' system is maybe 10% or 15%. Spending $80,0000 on speakers to get that small level of improvement is stupid. But the whole audio industry has us jacked up, trying to somehow find thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on stuff that in reality makes a (at best) modest improvement. We've lost the concept of "ENOUGH". At what point is your system good enough? At what point is your level of enjoyment enough? At what point do you stop bleeding cash and say enough? For myself, the answer to those questions is "Now".
Dave pretty much said what I was going to. It's hard to blame an industry for prices when it's the consumer that dictates what sells and how high the ceiling is.Audio.is a hobby. No different than wanting the best cars, over the top house or even a $50k watch. The differences are in the fine details. I dont think this will ever change for any luxury industry which is what high end audio is....a luxury. Some want and can afford the best. It's been this way since the beginning of time.What I don't like to see is when consumers complain about the price of luxury items. There always has been and always will.be several tiers of product in every industry. I'd like to have a Hummer but my budget keeps me in a Jeep but I don't think it's the automotive industry's fault that I can't afford a Hummer.We all buy or build what we can afford.
High cost doesn't mean quality or better. Sorry. In fact, in this hobby, it's usually the opposite. It's total shit and overpriced.
I don't chastise anyone who seeks the last few percent as I have done this myself. Whatever makes someone happy is what I feel. My current stance is user friendliness and good sound. When I do have time to listen I want to relax and enjoy.
I'm not talking about rich people, I'm talking about average joe's, and the desire for the average joe to have some of these cost no object pieces of gear. The question, to me, is "what does that get you"? The answer, at least as far as I see it is "not much".
The bigger problem to me is about what we are arguing. Rarely are we ever discussing data based facts. With so much of the talk being subjective we are bound to go no where and will solve nothing in the journey. With no defined criteria to judge against we will continue to speak in circles. Some get tired of this and decide it's time to get off the ride. Others jump on to see where it will take them.
If there was such thing as an audio saint, it would be Tyson.
I'm with Tyson.
- if you have a moderately good system already, you should just sit back and enjoy it! That new cable or DAC or conditioner or more expensive speaker or whatever, it's not going to make you any happier. Think about it. You've been swapping gear for years now. Are you fundamentally happier now than you were 5 years ago? Probably not! And if you are not, why on earth do you think any future swaps or acquisitions will make you happier? Stop. Just Stop.
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