ARE AUDIOPHILES OVERLY SENSITIVE BY NATURE?FEELINGS AND OPINIONS?


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?

calvinj

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

and

(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.

 

I beg to differ about simple basic fact in psycho-acoustic which are easy to find reading and easy to experiment with ...

For example i decreased substantially crosstalk between speakers on my desk using simple mechanical wood separation when listening music ... It is not a proposed solution for all but i spoke about it for discovering by ourself by experiment important fact about stereo speakers listenings ...

Nothing esoteric here ...

Simple basic psycho-acoustic fact adressing stereo impeding unrecognized by most crosstalk...

The same is true about Helmholtz resonators and speakers relation ...

The same is true about any basic concept as immersiveness or listener envelopment who are defined in acoustic and with which anyone can experiment for fun and learning ... It is more satisfying than most useless upgrade purchase blind by hype ...

Acoustics is the basic of audio not the gear specs so important it is nor the price tag ...

Then i dont use any "right" when i explain simple basic by proposing simple experiments ...😁😊

I answered because i am the rare one here saying that psycho-acoustic must be studied a bit by audiophiles more than upgrade product reviews and acoustic is more than room acoustic panels ...

Audio is way more complex and im-plicate multidisciplinary field than other hobby, hence there is controversies ...

I discovered the hard way that people who are hard objectivist and price tag branded name subjectivist are dead wrong ...They focus on the subjective or objective aspect of the gear ...

They neglect the psycho-acoustics and physical acoustic and the other two embeddings control as secondary to gear purchase or upgrades ... This is market consumers programming ... I prefer reading basic acoustic and making experiment ... I did well being in heaven with a minimal level of acoustic satisfaction at low cost ...

I come here for friends and serious discussion not to buy products or discussing upgrades ...It is why i spoke too much ... 😊

You are more self controlled ...

And i love your posts by the way ....

my best to you...

 

 

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