Audiophilia: Is it the pursuit of audio excellence or just a desire to tinker.


So my wife made this observation after I spent a couple hours fiddle farting with cables, connections and speaker placements. She said is this hobby/obsession your desire for audio excellence, or just you like tinkering with stuff, tweaking your system and feeding your OCD? 

She said you try this and try that and guess what it all sound the same to me. She really knows me and my OCD. 

Enjoy your Sunday.  

jacobsdad2000

Can’t you give it a rest? Your response is not even germane to the OP.

@fsonicsmith

That’s funny because the OP actually weighed in:

I may get a kit from that fellow on youtube GR Research.

As to being germane, I think building and tinkering are very closely related.

But as for "giving it a rest" ... no. I find that we, stereophiles, are made better by having more builders and tinkerers. The entire concept of being an audiphile and stereophile was built by tinkerers and builders before there were buyers and sellers. I’m not here to sell a brand or tool but to encourage the visitors here to think about getting dirty with sawdust, solder and tools now and then. Our community is made better for it.

That can’t be bad, can it? 😀

@erik_squires I welcome your comments and opinions, and agree wholeheartedly that getting ones hands dirty is good, good for the audio soul.  

God no. I hate "tinkering" with anything, my motorcycles, cars, etc. Don't do anything handy 'round the house, etc.  

I think it's different for everyone, as everyone is different. One thing I don't think is discussed enough  or often is how the "hobby" or journey can basically just be an addiction for many. An unhealthy one that consumes way too much time, energy, and thought. Money could be added to that list as well depending on the situation. Chasing something that doesn't exist or a feeling that can never be satisfied is not a healthy lifestyle. Researching and obsessing over the next piece to replace the last piece that consumed your mind before purchase. 

I wasn't trying to be a bummer to the thread and certainly my opinion isn't geared toward all "audiophiles". Some of y'all may even be thinking wtf is he babbling about?  My take was something that came to mind when I saw the title of the thread. Reminded me of a time when I came to the conclusion that maybe I invested too much of my time and mental energy into something that isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of life. So just my opinion. 

Dont be afraid to express your opinion  especially when you are right as here in this post ...

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I think it's different for everyone, as everyone is different. One thing I don't think is discussed enough  or often is how the "hobby" or journey can basically just be an addiction for many. An unhealthy one that consumes way too much time, energy, and thought. Money could be added to that list as well depending on the situation. Chasing something that doesn't exist or a feeling that can never be satisfied is not a healthy lifestyle. Researching and obsessing over the next piece to replace the last piece that consumed your mind before purchase. 

I wasn't trying to be a bummer to the thread and certainly my opinion isn't geared toward all "audiophiles". Some of y'all may even be thinking wtf is he babbling about?  My take was something that came to mind when I saw the title of the thread. Reminded me of a time when I came to the conclusion that maybe I invested too much of my time and mental energy into something that isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of life. So just my opinion.