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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound
    By Brad Mitchell
    bradmitchell@affordableaudio.org
    I’m a recovering audiophile. Lately I’ve been wondering why I engage in this hobby. I’m constantly trying to improve
    the sound of my system. Well, what does “improving the sound” really mean? If you ask me what I want my system to
    sound like, I couldn’t tell you. And even if I could, my opinion would probably change tomorrow.
    It doesn’t matter, though, because the improvement in sound is secondary. Let's be honest -- it's the thrill of the hunt
    that gets the adrenaline pumping, isn’t it? We like to buy stuff. It’s the classic feeling of tension, euphoria, and then relaxation
    (think sex).
    Audiophiles, like most other hobbyists, enjoy the "catch and release" phenomenon. We do things, not for the end goal
    (i.e., the best sound), because in audio, this is such an elusive pursuit. Instead, we're content with perpetual experimentation,
    not ultimate gratification.
    There’s a logical impasse about high end audio components. We’ve heard many times that the gear should be independent
    of the sound; it should only produce the music as it is, and not add its own "signature sound." It follows, then,
    that every piece of high end gear should sound essentially the same! Of course, they don’t, but even if we stumbled
    upon truly “neutral” components, how would we know it? This lack of knowledge compels us to keep searching for the
    magical treasure that is buried underneath a rainbow of self-deception.
    Here’s the stupidest thing of all -- we constantly compare the sound of audio systems to live music. If you listen to
    most live music, especially a rock concert, you’ll notice that it’s often difficult to clearly distinguish each instrument, and
    even more difficult to clearly hear the vocals. Nevertheless, it was great concert, wasn't it? A live performance is both a
    visual and auditory experience, and I dare say it is more stimulating visually than auditory because most live performances
    sound crappy. Stereo systems can never duplicate the emotional and visual effects of a live performance, so
    comparisons between live music and 2-channel audio is simply ridiculous.
    To get around this problem, the really smart audiophile will claim to desire tonal accuracy above all other considerations.
    This argument falls flat, as well. When you listen to most types of music, you don't normally hear the tone of
    every instrument. Rather, you hear a blending of the instruments which is what makes the sound "musical." Musicality
    is measured by how hard you bob your head, tap your toe, play your air guitar, get up and boogie, and more importantly,
    how often you press the replay button.
    I popped in a poorly recorded CD last month and it sounded horrible. OK, so what did I do about it? I kept tweaking my
    system to make it sound better. That's crazy. It’s like spraying the bathroom with a fresh flowery aroma to cover up the
    stench of launching a couple of monstrous missiles from yesterday’s Mexican fiesta. What’s even crazier is that even
    though I know it’s crazy, I'll still be making some more upgrades soon so I can continue ranting about how bad my
    good music sounds on my great system.
    And it doesn't stop with bad recordings. I try to make great recordings sound greater. For what? How great does
    great need to be in order for it to be great? What's greater than great?
    Then there’s the disillusioned audiophile who actually believes wholeheartedly in what we do because, “It’s all about
    the music.” In reality, most audiophiles know a lot more about gear than they know about music, yet we have the
    audacity to evaluate how music should sound. Some audiophiles couldn't tell you the difference between the sound of
    an oboe and a clarinet, but can wax poetically about the sonic improvement of the latest tweak we made. At least with
    other high end goods, the buyer is fully aware that their purchase is for the sake of vanity, whereas a typical audiophile
    will swear his purchase is to produce better sound of music of which he probably has little knowledge. That’s nuts.
    Surely, I’m not the only one who has experienced audio psychosis. For those of you who are in denial of your obsessive
    behavior, below are some examples of crazy things audiophiles do. If you’ve done at least one of these, you’re a
    certified audio fool:
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    Buy a CD, listen it to for a while, throw it away or sell it, then buy it back later because you think your upgraded
    system will make it sound better.
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    Buy an amp you owned previously because it was better than the ten other amps you bought since then.
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    Call your friends over to listen to our “new” system and it sounds like crap. Your friends walk away unimpressed,
    wondering why you spent a fortune on a system that they think doesn’t sound any better than their
    iPod.
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    Tweak your system, rave about how good it sounds, and three days later remove the tweak because it actually
    made your system sound worse.
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    You tell your wife that you don’t plan on upgrading anymore. A week later the UPS guy shows up at your doorstep
    with a new preamp.
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    You make an impulsive purchase and regret it before the component arrives. Sure enough, it sucks, and you
    sell it as fast as you can.
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    You get caught up in the “next great thing” because every audio forum is raving about it, but it sounds like dog
    poo and you kick yourself for being so gullible.
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    You sell your amp to a friend, visit his house one day and the amp sounds great, then you’re pissed off for selling
    it.
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    You demo a component for a week, like it a lot, then buy it. Within 24 hours it doesn’t sound as good anymore
    and you think about selling it. You’re afraid to return it because you don’t want the audio retailer to think you’re
    a whacko.
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    You bought an expensive piece of equipment and expected a huge improvement, only to find that its replacement
    was better and it was only a fraction of the cost.
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    You decide to downgrade your system and sell some of your gear. The excitement generated by the proceeds
    from the sale causes you to change your plans and buy more gear. Eventually, you end up spending more
    money on a system that doesn’t sound as good as the one you just sold.
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    You’ve been changing out components for many years in the same room, only to finally realize that inexpensive
    acoustic panels made the biggest difference, by far.
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    One day you wanted to show off your system, so a friend comes over with a few of his favorite CDs. Of course,
    they weren't well recorded, so you got frustrated, interrupted his listening session, and played some of your
    better recorded material so he could hear what he was missing. What a jerk! (I'm referring to you, not him.)
    So what’s the cure to this madness? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there isn’t one. The good news, however,
    is that once you’re infected, you’ll become so obsessed with finding the perfect sound that you won’t even realize the
    need to be cured. I guess this answers a question I’ve had for a long time – “Do crazy people know they’re crazy?”
    OK, I lied. There’s only one thing you can do – build a good system and quit cold turkey. If you want to determine
    whether or not your system is good, there’s only one consideration – how does the music make you feel? Because
    any other pointless critique of your system merely masks the fact that you aren’t really enjoying your music. Once you
    can get your system finger poppin’ good, then quit while you’re ahead. Take up golf or photography. Audio is not the
    only hobby that will render you frustrated and confused, and drain your bank account.

    http://www.affordableaudio.org/
    mvh
    Sleiven
    &quot;Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted&quot; <br />-ALBERT EINSTEIN

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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    Hei!

    Takk for linken Sleiven. Kanskje det var et ørlite snev av sanhet der?

    Elektron
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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    Et ørlite snev? Dette er da så sant som det er skrevet, alt sammen.
    Jeg har sittet med akkurat de samme tankene mange ganger, bare mindre elegant formulert.

    Absolutt ord til ettertanke.

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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    http://www.getbettersound.com/

    Er også ett sted man kan se om man ønsker å vite at de investeringer i god lyd faktisk kommer enn selv til gode.
    Jeg tror, jeg tror altså, at om det er kunnskap nok i knotten, vil man se verdien av ting i ett annet lys.
    Enn trenger ikke bedre annlegg enn en har råd til! Der ligger det vettu! Det man har råd til å kjøpe er det beste for den enkelte!
    Da må man ha kunnskapen på plass til å velge det mest fornuftige!
    Det er alt for mange som kjøper for mer enn de egentlig har råd til! Kjøp kunnskapen først! Så tror jeg lommeboka ikke klager den heller!


    mvh
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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    Hei Viking! Leser du denne tråden? Noen som kjenner seg igjen?

    OnT: Host... ok, er NOEN trekk jeg kjenner igjen for egen del også...
    Shit Happenz...

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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    You decide to downgrade your system and sell some of your gear. The excitement generated by the proceeds
    from the sale causes you to change your plans and buy more gear. Eventually, you end up spending more
    money on a system that doesn’t sound as good as the one you just sold
    Denne er veldig kjent her inne.

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    Kjenner meg heldigvis ikke igjen -
    Focal Utopia Micro Be - Devialet D200 Headfi: Aune Sx1 - HiFiMan HE400i - UE 900

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    flott link sleiven,her tror jeg nok de aller fleste kjenner seg igjen,dessverre

    mvh
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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    "I’m constantly trying to improve the sound of my system. Well, what does “improving the sound” really mean? If you ask me what I want my system to sound like, I couldn’t tell you. And even if I could, my opinion would probably change tomorrow."

    Klart man kjenner seg igjen i noe av det han skriver, men jeg tror det er svært mange som fomler i blinde uten å vite hva man søker, og uten å vite hvordan man evt. skal kunne komme dit. Hvor mange forsterkere var det en fyr fra Aten hadde byttet på et år eller to? - tror det var rundt 25 stk.!

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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    Noen solide ballespark her.
    Som f.eks
    “It’s all about
    the music.” In reality, most audiophiles know a lot more about gear than they know about music, yet we have the
    audacity to evaluate how music should sound. Some audiophiles couldn't tell you the difference between the sound of
    an oboe and a clarinet, but can wax poetically about the sonic improvement of the latest tweak we made.


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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    Så å si at man er en musikkelsker betyr at man ikke er en audiofil?

    Nåvel, alle liker å smøre på brødskiva si sjøl vøtt.
    Det var bare, hvilken type brød, smør eller pålegg, eller var det uten smør? Eller knekkebrød?



    mvh
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    Hello -- My Name is Brad and I Suffer from Delusions of Better Sound

    I plead guilty to all charges.
    Would I do it again? Yes, your Honour!

    -From the trial of a serial Audiophiller.

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