Reconnecting

August 27, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

As of late, I am receiving in my inbox a surprising and delightful increase of messages and heartfelt letters of thanks for our HiFi Family.

Thanks for reinvigorating people’s interest in HiFi. Seems that folks coming to the website find a place where they can once again feel part of a community that they once had.

How cool is that? Just when many thought our numbers were shrinking, along comes a new crop of people interested in what we all love. High-End audio.

I believe the need for like-minded people interested in music and its reproduction in the home has never waned and, in fact, grown.

When the culture changes from one of neighborhood dealers to online communities there’s always going to be fallout. Once things begin to settle in it’s natural for those who always wanted to be part of the community to rejoin.

And that’s a good thing.

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55 comments on “Reconnecting”

  1. I don’t agree at all.

    Most listening has gone digital, mobile and small. Digital is cheap technology that gives tremendous bang for the buck and makes a lot of high-end obsolete. As for mobile, look at headphone revenues – Bose $3.5billion, Sennheiser, Jabra and Beat about $1billion each. That’s tens of millions of people who will never consider a home stereo, let alone a high end one. Small – look at Sonos, revenues over $1billion, on a wall or in a ceiling near you. The main product groups for domestic audio are now wireless speakers, soundbars and multi-room systems.

    I suspect that high-end audio is as much a product of extreme and increasing wealth inequality in some countries, where markets exist for absurdly expensive consumer goods.

    I have bought almost entirely from dealers and will continue to do so. I would not buy an expensive piece of audio equipment online. My most expensive online purchase was an Innuos server for just over $2,000, but unlike most hifi, servers can be bought on specification. I’ve used my main dealer since 1980, but it’s not a community. It’s just a shop where I buy hifi.

    1. ‘I suspect that Wilson Audio products are products of extreme & increasing wealth inequality in some countries, where markets exist for absurdly expensive consumer goods.’

      I can only speak for what’s going on here in Australia, but many on-line audio sites here will print, in RED ink no less, that,
      “Due to our agreement with the manufacturer/distributor this product can not be purchased on-line.” This generally applies to 90% of truly high-end gear.
      However, having pointed this out, since many areas in Oz have gone into this current Delta strain, CoViD-19 lockdown, said “agreement with the manufacturer/distributor” seems to have gone right out the door.

      Joe Root seems to have his excrement together 🙂

      1. Was a great day in the history of Yorkshire. 38.9% of England’s runs, three centuries in the series already against everyone else’s (Rahul) one. Only needs one more to set the record for most in a calendar year (equal on 6 with Vaughan and Denis Compton). He is indeed sh!tting runs, as you politely say. Could at last someone possibly win a series against India?

        My turntable comes from Yorkshire. Maybe they should do a Joe Root Limited Edition.

        I’ve never looked at audio as anything other than another consumer product and I suspect manufacturers and dealers will sell it any which way they can, off the back of a lorry if need be.

    2. “I suspect that high-end audio is as much a product of extreme and increasing wealth inequality in some countries, where markets exist for absurdly expensive consumer goods”

      “Wealth inequity”

      You bit the bullet!

      Sad!
      Larry

      1. You may have a linguistic point.

        I remember in a university examination having to answer the question “British housing policy exacerbates inequity between tenure groups. Discuss.” There was a German girl on the course and I remember her being upset as she had no idea what “exacerbates inequity” meant.

  2. I think that the dealer network for what I’d call high end audio (mostly unfortunately quite large, expensive components, needing a lot of space and especially care and knowledge to be properly presented) is shrinking already, is a fact and that this will continue is very probable. That Hi-Fi shops for affordable and lifestyle equipment and less demand for perfect presentation might stay on the landscape or temporarily even newly establish, is another topic.

    We here are the best example that what you say is true, as we rather spend less time in local high end shops than here.

    I would love if the practice of a community keeping itself busy, is being fed with more options to deep dive with real experts on current or upcoming products or general topics, than this is already done (e.g. with Ted).

    1. I forgot to say, in the past I have never bought from local dealers (no intention, it just didn’t happen), rarely first hand or from dealers at all and the purchases were never depending on recommendations or consulting of a dealer. Purchases were based on personal listening experiences with private or (rarely) shop setups or on magazine, online publications or personal talk (mostly phone or mail) with more experienced folks than I was.

      So I quasi was a 1985 adopter of Paul‘s perspektive 😉

  3. A pure joy to follow your advice and suggestions to improve the musical immersion. I totally rediscovered my favourite music (pre baroque – Schütz, Di Lasso, Gabrieli, Monteverdi…). Thank you Paul!!!
    P.S. The last Octave record with the BACH solo Cello sonates by Zuill Bailey is by far the best DSD SACD I ever heard!!!

  4. I certainly enjoy and love the PS Audio Community and sometimes it is hard to to keep up with Paul’s posts. 😉
    Paul gives great insight by how you really can hold a community of HIFI enthusiasts together with various topics of discussion. A terrific community.

    My last parting words in relation to the reconnecting post…

    Support your local Hi-Fi dealer. 🙂

    1. Totally agree!
      Unfortunately they are few around!
      Where I reside ,there are none!
      How does one purchase hifi gear without listening ,especially speakers?
      I stopped shopping since, mail order
      Purchasing is hit or miss. The process of
      Returning ,especially , with restocking and return postage fees could be counterproductive.
      Recently, I purchased an item that was unacceptable ,but kept it due to the cost of the return process vs. the cost of the item.
      Not fun!
      Also , the commentary on “wealth inequality “ just irritates me. I guess “work” has become a social enigma!

      1. The vast majority of the workforce in many economies work very hard and certainly a family on average earnings do not have anything like the disposable income or wealth to afford decent hifi, let alone high end hifi. That’s the beauty of the modern mobile phone – you can get great sound from a set of wireless bluetooth headphones for $200 or a pair of wireless speakers for perhaps $1,000.

        In most western economies most people have little wealth or significant surplus income. In the USA 50% of families have wealth of $100,000 or less and only 11% are above $1,000,000.

        The more wealth inequality, the less people able to afford expensive consumer goods, and it has little to do with how hard people work. That is just plain condescending.
        see: http wid.world

      2. Hello Larry,

        I’ve asked your question 4-5 times now and never received any sort of reply that works for me. The answers… Go to shows, join an audiophile society, or do home demos for 30 days or so.

  5. From what I understand this CoViD pandemic is keeping a lot of cashed-up Baby Boomers at home.
    We in ‘the West’ are conditioned to spend our money or go insane, so why wouldn’t music loving, cash laden Boomers ‘invest’ in better home audio gear.
    Once it’s safe to roam the planet again guess what?
    That’s right…audio sales will start to dry up again like they did just after the 2008 GFC.

    **From yesterday**
    Audiophiles can go from music lovers with a streamer & a pair of $1,000 actives to, as ‘Soundmind’ once said, “a million dollar system with 3 Audiophile CDs to show it off with.”

    **Longplayer**
    Regarding your 1:02pm reply from yesterday.
    ‘Soundmind’ aka Marc Fischer left us when Paul revamped/updated this site.
    No one really knows why.
    I suspect that he was not impressed that all his entertaining comments had been wiped from the face of the Earth.
    I still see him comment on YT from time to time as ‘Marc Fischer’, so I suspect that he is still alive & kicking.

    1. Hey FR,

      If Baby Boomers are the salvation to home audio, then there’s only a few good years left. Since that part of the family will be decreasing due to age related attrition. ✌️

      1. Lp,
        No, I doubt that that is ‘Soundmind’ Marc Fischer; too young.
        I’ve only found him sometimes in the comments section of a few different
        home audio channels; recognisable by his distinctive writings (content & style)

        Yes, I also believe that CoViD-19 (20) (21) (22) (23) (???) will be around for a while.
        So that should help to keep home audio gear sales trickling along.

          1. “sales”
            You know that I mean ‘the home audio industry’, you funny bastard 😉
            Mine rocks too…much to my wife’s displeasure.
            But now that she’s had her noise cancelling headphones for a while,
            all is well in the Fat Rat household 🙂

            I’m spending the day going thru all of the Charlie Watts YT tributes.

        1. LP and FR, I do not know about you guys, but the pandemic is really starting to get to me mentally. I agree that we are not doing enough to eradicate it and it is not so much doing what I have to do to stay safe, but that at my age if it goes on for 3, 4, 5 years more that could easily be half or more of all the time I have left. That is really starting to haunt me. 🙁

          1. Tony,
            More wine & more music 😉
            What is your wife’s view on this pandemic?
            I’m sure that you two can comfort each other & be
            each other’s strengths during this testing & trying time.
            I know that’s it’s a cliche but there really is no point
            stressing about things that you can’t control.

            1. She handles it much, much better than I do. We are trying to figure out when we will be able to get our boaster shots. One of her sisters who lives in Texas already has an appointment to get her boaster. I guess Texas is still the wild west.

  6. Well there is always something else to say……, and I often wonder what the purpose is to say anything!

    Nevertheless here I go!

    My distant purchasing of hifi gear is at best replete with frustration. I purchased
    A product that was termed “high end “
    and have experienced defects in the product that are cannot be remedied on the admission of the owner of the company! The company will not accept the product in return, but offers a 33% reduction on a new purchase, again, without credit for the damaged product and the product is under an active three year warranty!
    the aforementioned practice could never occur in a local shop.

    So the absence of line if sight purchasing can create such business
    Models! I recall speaking and writing to this manufacturer , only to receive a run around and finally a glib “ folksy”apology
    “We can’t fix it”
    Many manufacturers hide behind the absence of line of sight purchasing and this is probably why most of these online sellers display “outlet” or refurbished sales due to returns!

    So I just wasted precious time, that cannot be replaced or refurbished ,
    just saying something! But I will terminate this useless diatribe with my favorite quote
    “There is one thing I truly known is that I am truly haunted by humans”

    Coffee anyone?

    Larry

    1. Good point…and that’s the other, negative side of “online” for sure…or can be.

      Finally I think we all agree that we’d love to have a dealer around the corner, who…

      …is there for us in a customer friendly way
      …has or can acquire all the brands of current interest
      …makes good prices for us or takes old stuff in commission
      …enables home audition
      …has knowledge to consult beyond his own portfolio
      etc.

      The problem often is, that just one or two topics of similar lists are reality, means, that one mainly has the personal contact and trust in his service and a good feeling if one’s ready to believe in what the dealer currently stocks, but rarely really good advice imo. But nothing against buying local after building up wide enough knowledge and experience elsewise.

    2. Different countries have different legal protections and I suspect they are much weaker in the USA than in the UK and EU. Here if a product fails inside two years you simply have to tell the supplier and the manufacturer or national distributor is responsible. They are obliged to collect. It is easy and quick to make a legal claim, so manufacturers comply.

      People living in remote locations cannot complain they don’t have a dealer on their local mountainside. We love to holiday in remote locations, but choose to live in a town, not least because it gives us access to a wide range of performing arts. So we get facilities like a choice of hifi dealers. If we lived up a mountainside we would be unlikely to have an audio dealer, but more importantly would not have 2 opera houses, a dozen concert venues and 60 theatres within half an hour’s travel.

      You cannot get a PS Audio demo in London, as there are no dealers carrying it. Ironically, there is a PS Audio dealer 10 minutes from me, but they only sell online!

      1. Good morning Steven!
        Try picturing this in your head.
        Lets just say, you moved from the UK, and you came here to the United States.
        But you made your new home, here in North Florida.
        And also, you’re looking at three different counties to live in.
        And those counties are, Columbia Union and Baker.
        But you quickly discover, that there are no high end shops in any of them.
        And so, you take a look at just one more county.
        And that one being, Swinney County.
        And you quickly discover, that that one doesn’t have a high end shop in it either.
        Sad, but really true.
        Right here where I live here in North Florida, there aren’t any high end shops here.
        The closest cities that have high end stereo shops in them, are in both Jacksonville and Gainesville Florida.
        Both of those cities are either 35 miles east of me, or 35 miles south of me.
        If I want high end equipment, I have to leave Lake City to go get it, and bring it back with me.
        The one shop that’s here, does both home and car stereos.
        But the only problem I have with them, is they have no earthly idea of what I’m talking about.
        I told the owner of a shop that’s called Sound Line Design, that I am looking for a high quality tube amp.
        The man looked at me and said, “you can’t buy things with tubes in them anymore.
        They quit making tubes in the 1970’s.”
        I said to him, “you are so wrong about that.
        There are companies like Mcintosh Cary Audio Audio Research Conrad Johnson and Rogue Audio that are still making things with tubes in them today!
        And as for the tubes, they never stopped making them.
        Just about all the tubes these days, are made over seas.
        We have one company in this country, that’s still making them.
        And they’re still making their own amps to put those tubes in too as well.
        And that company is, Western Electric.”
        He asked me, “how do you know all this?”
        I told him, “you can look all this stuff up on the internet.
        Just Google high end stereo tube amps, and you will see a lot of them in the results.”
        This happened a little more then 7 years ago.

        1. Well, you made a good point because Sound Line Design specialises in AV systems and multi-room audio, which are far more popular than high-end audio.

          Go to Jacksonville and you have House of Stereo, from where I could happily build several lovely stereo systems. 35 miles is hardly very far. They sell Conrad Johnson valve amps. There are, however, about 15 car audio shops, which tells you more about the residents of Jacksonville than the audio market. Don’t they race cars up and down the beach in Jacksonville?

          1. Hi again Steven!
            My wife can answer that question for you, better then I can.
            She yoost to live in Jacksonville.
            I know about House Of Stereo, that’s where I got my Jolida JD-1000P power amp from.
            In Gainesville, we have Sound Ideas on University Avinew.
            But taking another look at Jacksonville, there is a Mcintosh/Rogue Audio dealer that’s called, Hop Electronics.
            I don’t know where they’re located at as of yet.

  7. First of all, is audio for the (greedy) rich and wealthy ?
    No, enough very affordable stuff that can sound very well.
    A few years ago (time flies) I wrote, like someone yesterday did, being an audipophile has nothing to do with the price tags of your audio system.
    But, if you insist on going there, that hifi is a decadent western hobby (like some here seem to do today…) then realize that almost everything is decadent compared to what most people have in South America, Africa, Asia and big parts of the population of the USA, Eastern Europe.
    A dog or cat as a pet and spending a lot of money on expensive food for the animal is a typical western hobby. Just one example. There are many more.
    So, for everyone who is trying to talk me/us out of top hifi/high end gear and instead buy “great sound” from a bluetooth this or that, good luck with that.
    I hope from now on you will follow your own rules and stop going to ballet, concerts, museums, restaurants.
    If you don’t, it’s the story of the pot and the kettle.
    All typical (sometimes decadent) western habits.
    Do I have to apologize for being born in a rich part of the planet Don’t think so !
    I live my life where I was born, including what I am prepared to spend on luxury (e.g. audio).
    On occasions give to charity, pay my taxes (a part of that to development aid), but I cannot carry the weight of the world on my shoulders all the time. If I had to do that, I’d rather be dead.
    People who are sick and tired of all this western over the top luxury (NOT only audio), consider moving to Albania or Siberia (just an example).
    Without your cellphone, car, music (cd/lp) etc. etc of course. KIS.
    After all, you wouldn’t want to stand out from the crowd.

    1. Paul always goes on about “High End” audio, a term coined in the USA. “High Fidelity”, hence HiFi, was perfectly fine for decades. High End seems to me to have been coined for marketing purposes in relation to the expensive stuff.

      I’ll stick to HiFi and ignore High End. There’s cheap HiFi and expensive HiFi and lots in the middle – something for everyone’s budget. I don’t need to polish my ego with the thought that I have a High End system, it’s just a label.

      1. Ain’t you just flirting with Hi-Fi to appear down-to-earth but buying high end when owning Wilson, Diavalet and a sculptural record player?

        I think high end meanwhile is a term used in every technology (cameras, PC’s etc.) or even non technology field (grills etc.) when things leave an affordable range for most.

        The term HiFi imo comes from the time when high end in audio, as we understand it today, was more or less non existing and HiFi was everything as soon as separate speakers were used.

        1. I once searched “High Fidelity” in Gramophone and it first appeared in 1952. In reality it seems to date back to ffrr recording developed by Decca in the period 1941 to 1944 resulting the high fidelity hydrophone, used for detecting U-boats. It was then used for recording music. The technology was top secret as it was financed as part of the government war effort, so the first recording was not made until D-Day and not released for another year. Soon after the war consumer audio equipment followed to match the quality, from the likes of the Acoustical Manufacturing Co. Ltd (which became Quad) and H. J. Leak & Co. Ltd. They implemented developments from earlier, from the likes of Alan Blumlein at EMI. These companies focused on amplification, the likes of Tannoy and Wharfedale on speakers. Tannoy launched the magnificent dual concentric driver in 1947. They have lasted the test of time.

          I had only heard of hifi in the UK, high end only when I started reading PSA. I’ve never heard of high end for cameras. Are my Leica M3 50/f2 rigid near focus high end? Possibly the best 35mm film camera ever made and mine dates from 1957. I don’t care much for audio aesthetics, but that M3 and 50 Rigid NF is a thing of beauty.

          1. Yes, your Leica are definitely in the top high end group.

            Just to lead you to a few articles about which lower ranging gear is titled high end:

            https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/best-high-end-full-frame-mirrorless-cameras-artists-1234600174/

            ( I couldn’t post more than one link here, but you find lots when googling “cameras high end”)

            You might make this a UK/US thing, but in fact the term high end arrived for quite every kind of product.

            1. Well, I’ve just learned that “high end” is used by some marketing types talking about photography, not by mainstream photography sources. The only camera I knew on that list was the Leica SL2. I went to the launch event simply because it was as Covent Garden and I was there for a show that evening, so got myself a pass for free drink (champagne at Covent Garden costs a fortune) and a bag of free Leica goodies. There seemed to be a very cliquey photography in-crowd, just like an audio crowd, but younger and trendier.

              Photography has consumer, prosumer and professional and you get what you pay for. I did some work recently with Phase One, they have over half the professional market. It is a very different market, less obsessed with ownership, as many professionals hire cameras and lenses for specific jobs. Can you hire PSA for a month or two?

              1. I see a certain favor for misleading comparisons 😉 , as hiring high end audio for other than test purposes (opposing to hiring a camera with its small size and instant usability) seems about as meaningful as hiring a wall unit 😉

                1. It makes a lot of sense to rent Phase One kit if you need it for a certain job rather than pay $100,000 for a kit. Often it is bought by studios and shared by the house photographers.

                  A friend’s daughter is a young successful photographer, I do t think she owned her own pro gear until she became a Canon brand ambassador. For pro photographers it’s just a tool. A lot of high end seems to as much about owning shiny boxes as what the stuff does.

                  1. Sure, that’s what I meant: it makes sense to rent photo gear and no sense to rent high end audio (except for test purposes), that’s why I considered it a misleading comparison 😉

  8. While I am all for community, I will keep it virtual for now.

    Too many in the world still don’t follow the science and won’t get vaccinated. In my area it’s on the honor system if you wear a mask and I venture a guess that half of the people out there who don’t wear one are bold-faced liars.

    We have people locally testifying at legislative hearings on mask and vaccine mandates that they will become magnetized if they take it, that there are mind control drugs in there allowing the government to control their minds or that Bill Gates has a microchip in there allowing him to monitor your thoughts. When did the world get so daft?

    I have had to cancel out of my longest friend’s son’s wedding today because the son is allowing all of his 30-something friends and family to attend without checking vaccine status or requiring masks.

    I have a celebration of life for my father coming up in three weeks and the same thing, a percentage of the extended family members are not vaccinated and seem to see no need. I will attend the outside portion but not the inside part in the room provided by the facility.

    Me, I prefer to stay at home and listen to the stereo and walk the dog and attempt to stay healthy.

  9. “I’ll stick to HiFi and ignore High End. There’s cheap HiFi and expensive HiFi and lots in the middle – something for everyone’s budget. I don’t need to polish my ego with the thought that I have a High End system, it’s just a label.
    “I don’t need to polish my ego with thought that I have a High End system”
    Neither do I, so we can agree on that.
    Like I wrote yesterday, I never ever talk about the hard earned cash I spend on my audio setup.
    In the rare occasion someone asks, I am only telling that it was not cheap and that I could only afford it by spreading the cost. Which you can’t do if you buy a car.
    In fact I don’t talk about my audio system to “strangers” at all. Nor to my children.
    They’re not interested and wouldn’t understand.
    No polishing of anything.
    One more thing: you really are a special case mr. SntbcwS if you truly believe that you “stick to HiFi and ignore High End” and then buy 24k (euro) speakers….
    Whether you or your wife (or together) bought the speakers and for whatever reason(s) is not important.
    And of course we could start a debate whether these speakers are “just “hifi” or high end.
    In my book (and world) it’s definitely high end. And so is your French pizza box and English/Portuguese server/ripper. YMMV.

    1. Hey ‘jb4’,
      My Marantz – ‘CD6006’ CD player cost me AU$600 wholesale & my 2nd-hand, near-mint condition Musical Fidelity – ‘M6i’ integrated amplifier cost me AU$1,200 two months ago.
      My FURUKAWA – ‘FA11S’ (7N PCOCC) 1 meter interconnects were AU$600 back in 1992
      & the KRIX – ‘Harmonix Mk2’ floorstanders, that I purchased wholesale last December,
      were AU$1,500 for the pair.
      IsoTek power cables were also wholesale for AU$180.

      I feel left out because you’ve been obsessing over tonyplachy’s incredibly expensive home audio rig & now you’re obsessing over SntbcwS’s incredibly expensive Wilson Audio loudspeakers.
      Now that I’ve stated the prices of my incredibly modest home audio rig,
      could you please start obsessing over that too…please…just for me 🙂

      Now, where’s that big bottle of ‘Silvo’ so that I can start polishing….

      1. Hey Fat Rat,
        I can’t remember that I have been been “obsessing over tonyplachy’s incredibly expensive home audio rig:”.
        I don’t think I ever did, but if you say so…
        The man has excellent stuff (I listened to a lot of Magico and Constellation) and I can only congratulate him with his system.
        More important : I have never been “obsessing over expensive home audio rigs”.
        Why would I ? If I did, it would be the pot and kettle story again.
        You have absolutely no idea what I spent on audio but I can tell you that Mercedes Benz would be very happy if spend that on one of their cars.
        Whether one likes to spend 100 euro or 675,000…I couldn’t care less.
        So if someone buys expensive gear, it’s all fine with me.
        BUT …the moment that he/she then begins to write little fairy tales (Oh, not me, I’m not into high end),
        then there has to be someone (could even be you) to explain to this person in the mildest way possible that his view on the (audio-)world is a bit distorted.

  10. Too many people missing the point. IMHO, the renewed interest in high end audio (vinyl, hi res streaming, etc.) is because servicies like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and their ilk deliver songs without the emotional connection that sites like Tidal and Qobuz deliver. It’s like taking a shower while wearing a raincoat. You hear the music, but you don’t feel it. A certain segment of the population wants more.

    Audiophiles have never been a proportionately large group, but we are passionate about the sound of music. Some so-called audiophiles are more concerned about the sound rather than the music. But, that is the subject for a different rant.

    Mass market consumers, who consider Spotify the best streaming service and buy Bose as their “high end”, have never heard how a truly high end, properly setup system sounds. When I have friends listen to my ancient hifi system, they usually say “I’ve never heard music sound like that.”

    My point is that the “new” audiophiles are seeking the same thing we mature (euphemism for old) hands value, an emotional connection to the music.

  11. I tried to visit a local hi-fi shop in Scottsdale. I was outside their building and called them. They required an appointment and only let one person in their store at a time. They had an appointment scheduled in 25 minutes so I could not visit now. I was repeatedly asked what I was looking for and I replied I would just like to check out their store. No dice. I dont think I’ll be purchasing anything from them. Ever. Online it is then.

  12. Michael not to be confused with Mike . . ..

    We continue to buy DSD CDs from Octave Records, “Ragtime World by Augustus” was great. And continue to purchase PS Audio products when needed {new streamer /dac}? And enjoy turning newbies on to Copper zine ! Love my Stellar Phono Pre-amp. What’s up with “The” speakers? When will PS audio come out with electro static headphones and subsequent Stellar tubed headphone amp. And What about a V R Headset to watch Paul in 3D and attend any concert with out leaving our Covid Cave???? Paul you can surely scoop this idea up to make millions and just pay me a minimal tribute .. just saying I need a small check to purchase a mango, lime and macnut orchard in Molokai ~ http://www.hawaiirealestate.org/listing/379924-mls-hawaii-real-estate-0-kamehameha-v-hwy-molokai-hawaii-96748-for-sale/

      1. Paul your family definitely invited, right no beach time though, we have Macadamia harvest July through March. Appreciate the help. More fun than a game of 52 pick up !

  13. The audio community is like a religious body consisting of different denominations. Rich and poor members of different social, cultural and political stratifications in different houses of worship, large and small–all worshipping the same audio God, but having different understandings of what exactly that God is and requires. Audio priests proselytize, give fatherly guidance to their flocks, patiently hear their confessions and admonish them to sin no more and to stay away from false gods in their pursuit of audio nirvana. The religion requires spiritual and financial commitment, and a degree of blind faith that transcends rationalism. Miracles abound, evidenced by the testimonies of audiophiles describing their system upgrades. Suddenly their hearing is restored and their feet start to tap as the music becomes alive. Hallelujah!

  14. Yes. I feel the community vibe. I am up in Ottawa, Canada. Rheal Nadeau is a good friend and he is also my audio guy. We both love your posts and perspectives! Hello from the not so White North. Sunny Canada calling…

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