Do people tire of audio forums?

Not sure how much interest this will generate since members who've left audio forums, or at least this forum aren't here to comment.


Anyway, I've been one to come and go from forums of all kinds over many years, this for any number of reasons. So recently I've been lurking again, checking in perhaps once a week, came across a recent post where a member stated he was leaving because he felt unappreciated. Got me to thinking how much this sentiment enters into people decisions to participate or not participate in this forum, or any other forum for that matter.


Based on my observations and experience, being unappreciated and/or underappreciated is inherent to the hobby/obsession. Unless one has very wide experience with equipment in their home system or systems they have only limited empirical evidence to offer. For instance I'm exclusively involved with SET, custom build and modification. only limited numbers of members have interest in this, so appreciation only goes so far.


Seems to me, a whole lot of people on these forums speak on things they've only heard from others, or have very limited experience with, suppose this makes them feel important. And then some are provocateurs, get their need to be appreciated fulfilled in this manner, guess arguing feels like appreciation for them. Based on my observations the need to feel appreciated is important for people both to continue to participate and in decisions to leave.


I've also been perusing some past posts where members are leaving and remarking about how audiogon was a more friendly place at some time in the past. I don't recall a time when that was true, there have always been bully's, provocateurs, self important people here. I believe this nostalgia comes from a time when this individual was still making many new audio discoveries. I suspect many of us settle down into satisfactory and/or dream systems and no longer have much interest in new discoveries. I for one don't see this forum ever changing much, members come and go, always newbies and oldies, same arguments and agreements go on and on.


For me, interest in talking about audio waxes and wanes, never get tired of listening to music over a fine system, just get tired of talking and thinking about everything that goes into creating and maintaining a system. Feeling like you're repeating yourself and seeing the same old posts gets stale for me, so I leave. If past repeats itself I'll likely find audio talk to be of interest at some point in the future.


Just interested if others have similar experiences or observations.




In my estimation, Audiogon best audio forum, widest range of interests and information available on interwebs

If you factor in all aspects you can make a strong case for this site. I will say however there is much that I appreciate about WBF. Members there don’t seem to express jealousy/envy/resentment toward those who have higher levels of disposable income and choose to purchase higher priced audio products.

I have always believed that what an adult spends their money on is their business and not mine. One of the weaknesses of this site is the public display of envy and resentment coupled with the snide and condescending commentary. Don’t begrudge those who have more, that’s petty in my opinion.


Thanks for your very kind comments above. Go blue!!! 😊👍


Athens around 400 BC

Ortofon asks Euphonix

"You ever get tired of coming to the Forum dressed in your finest toga arguing about philosophy and who has the best slaves?"

Euphonix replies "Not really. Surely not going to stay home with Martha and the kids."

For me the primary reason I am here is that I’ve no one else to talk to about this hobby, this obsession… what got me hooked in the first place was hanging out, then working in the only true high end shop we had here in town. It was a great place to listen to music, play around with gear, and drink copious amounts of Irish coffee.
We had our regulars, coming in usually on Saturday afternoons. We would sit and listen, debate and talk about music and gear. When the shop would close for the CES show, some of them would join us at the show.

I miss that interaction, that is until I joined AG.

My other purpose here is seeking advice when I’ve got the itch. Many parts of my current system are there because of the great and enjoyable suggestions I’ve received right here. Someone suggests something, I then find out where I can take a listen and go for it… I have met and interacted with some really great members here. 

additionally through here at AG I found a real gem of a shop quite close to me that makes me feel like old times. A real HIFI shop with a knowledgeable and super friendly owner who is more than happy to talk audio, have me listen to new gear and just generally be a great guy. Northern Audio in west PA. Icing on the cake is his awesome record store on the ground floor.

Happy listening..

Audio isn’t as obvious or as tactile as some hobbies. It’s a very subjective, personal, and emotional experience that’s unique to every one. There are multiple ways of doing it right, the price range of systems and experience of the users can be all over the map, and I suspect it tends to attract some less social eccentric types than something like cycling, photography, cooking, painting, model trains. Audio experiences are hard to describe, and it’s difficult to share an emotional experience within the context of an audio forum, so it’s sometimes a tough place have fun.

Audio forums can be pretty controversial, and there’s less support for each other in general compared to something like a woodworking forum, where the beginners and experts are easier to identify, thus less controversy about each other’s input. Sometimes I get tired of the controversary and lack of enjoyment for each other’s systems and experiences on forums, but there are still good moments or we wouldn’t be here. We’re all here to share and learn, no one knows everything... if you think you do, you’re no longer learning.