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.



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Many great comments here. I agree this forum is a reflection of the larger community or world we live in, forums by their nature a more impersonal community.

I don't know how many others feel this way, but whenever I get nostalgic about the good gone days of audio I think back to when I was first discovering audio, going to the dozens of high end audio stores here in southeastern michigan. The shows I attended, local shows as well in those days. I just loved the in person engagement with audiophiles much more knowledgeable  than I, sort of like some exclusive club I wanted to get into. And yeah, that does reflect my high school need to be in a club or gang of cool people (and I did have that). I also had inherent or already converted audio buddies and other new converts, we all desired to own the best of the best.


On top of the need for socialization, I also had an inherent desire to learn about all aspects of audio, how components and parts work, and I loved to look at and touch these beautiful works of art.


So, there was all that. But then we mature, other things draw our attention, audio just another interest amongst many. While I maintained my interest in audio over all these years, equipment came and went, knowledge gained, the audio magic club morphed into being just another interest.


Perhaps some of us have short attention spans, highest interest when engaging in something new, interest gradually wanes as time goes on. I suppose these forums are the magic clubs of today for the newbies, and they still have shows and a few dealers to engage with. Sort of feel sorry for the newbies today, forums pale imitation of in person engagement, so few dealers and only national shows.


I'd say the one thing that sustains me is listening to great performances and music over a really fine, highly resolving system. The performers in room experience is one thing I never tire of!

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I’ve only been here for going on 4 years, joining right AFTER I got back into the hobby and bought my first equipment.  I was eager to learn, but I have since learned that consensus on “the way to go” is fleeting, as each person has their favorite gear to recommend.  If I had to do it over again, I might wait before buying my gear, to see what might truly be out there (like REL subs) that is better before purchasing.  

I’ve enjoyed reading the varied submissions, but more likely now I’ve been skimming the topics and not reading so much.  I find that people are so different in their experiences and budgets that some could likely never identify with me, my questions, my plans.  I see questions about a type of gear and think, “I know what I might try if I were OP, but that is “slumming it” for some readers that have systems valued at $20,000 to $100,000 or more.  I don’t have much to contribute. I think maybe if there were sub-forums based upon what people can afford to spend, that might be more helpful.  The advice for someone that can spend up to $5,000 for their entire system is going to be different than recommendations for those spending $5,000 to $10,000, and that is different from advice useful to the real big spenders.  I have about $8,000 in my system, so I can’t relate much to the big spenders and they cannot relate much to me (except, maybe, from their memory when they were more limited in funds).

Still, I do sometimes learn useful things here and have been helped by some of the members here.  I don’t abandon AG completely, though I read less than I once did.  (I have gone to other audio forums where members comment about the egos and contentiousness of AG, and how they offer more useful advice on theirs). 

@acman3- thanks for that. I'm like a year behind in writing and publishing about released LPs. I really need to get back to that- it's enjoyable, research is fun, and of course, there's the listening.