I have been an audiophile the last 20 years for the last 5 years I have worked with Infigo Audio as my industry affiliation.  It’s been my experience in business and audio conversations that there are 2 areas that are interesting. When giving opinions many audiophiles try to come off smarter than the people they are talking to. Also in conflict resolution if you have disagreements they are more willing to go to extremes. Has anyone else experienced this.  Some seem like they can tell you what to do? How to post etc. which to me is crazy. Most of us are 30, 40, 50, 60,70 plus.  Thoughts everyone?

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I think you’ll encounter this is any field of endeavor. it’s a very human weakness.

More often than not, what I've found is that "true experts" have little to prove and therefore tend not to behave in this way. Of course, there are always exceptions. 



I see it this way:

(a) people have first hand experience with perceptible differences in quality


(b) people have first hand experience spending money.

Because of (a) and (b):

(c) people believe they have the "right" to opine on an inordinately complicated field (psychoacoustics)

Of course, the space opened up between opinion and knowledge creates room for a lot of BS, marketing speak, and self-righteous blather results. And now everyone wants to be an "influencer."

Is this more true in audio than in other fields? Probably -- because of (c). Most of us are not trying to shoot from the hip about oncology or particle physics.

But perhaps wine and car and fishing hobbyists might disagree. They would probably testify to their own tribe as being especially sensitive.