If you read nothing else in this thread, read this!
So, just for clarity, we here at HUG are positively encouraging you to support your hobby. So why this thread? Because audiophiles waste their own time, natural resources and cash making irrational, illogical purchase decisions which make others richer and do not give lasting satisfaction in exchange. That's downright disgraceful. Only a fool would repeat that mistake, but I see it day after day.
The high-end audio industry need big spenders as Las Vegas needs big gamblers! On behalf of the audio industry I encourage you to spend, spend and spend again as you chase the impossible dream. Don't hold back! You have a credit card (or several) .... max them out on audiophile gear. Re-mortgage your house, sell your car. Live on baked beans and cornflakes. Do whatever is necessary to keep spending. Your Industry Needs You!
Audiophilia has characteristics of compulsive behaviour. From a marketeers perspective, that provides direct access to the emotional regions of the human brain bypassing the higher, logic, rational and self-control mechanisms. It is the fastest, cheapest, most sure way to induce consumption behaviour (i.e. going and buying) in the victim. If the marketeer can hold the victim in this state of suspended anxiety, and many audiophiles tragically exist in this condition, he is exceedingly vulnerable to suggestion, first from marketers, second (and crucially) from fellow audiophiles who are also in submissive anxiety. This creates a powerful positive-feedback trap which is as effective as crack cocaine and the longer the marketeer can hold the victim in this state of readiness to consumer, the better.
What adult would wish to find himself in that torture? Interestingly enough, wives and partners living with the afflicted reluctantly adapt and to and (barely) tolerate audiophilia. They can develop a lasting distaste for audio equipment and worse, music. We see far too women in audio.
What has become of intellectual freedom? What has become of listening to audio equipment under controlled conditions and arriving at proper, valid, repeatable, scientific conclusions about A v. B?
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK