Does someone’s opinion affect your opinion?

So I have a very nice turntable with a new MC cartridge which I liked and enjoyed…that is until someone said that the cartridge was very “piercing” and in his opinion almost unlistenable. Now I find I am not enjoying it as much. Two things to add, he is not anymore “golden ear” than me, and the brands are well known with good reviews. 
But now, I don’t enjoy it as much. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me, but it does and it has impacted my enjoyment.

So, has this happen to you and what did you do? 


Most of the people on here have forgotten more than I'll ever know about audio gear.

I joined this group to get their learned opinions on  things important to me.

Those opinions effect my opinions greatly.

Taking all of this advice to heart, I make my own decisions and I decide if I like what I hear or not. Nobody else's opinion matters there.

I've learned a bit about cables, toe-in etc  here and I'm grateful for it.

This is just MY opinion, yours may vary. Nothing wrong with that at all.


People can definitely “poison the well” so to speak, whether intentionally or not. Then it’s just a question of agreeing or getting it out of your head. It can be a tough situation that time can help with. I wish I had a magic bullet for you but it’s happened to me and it can be hard to deal with. 

I think everyone reading this has the best sound ever.  

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The long and the short of it is it’s your ears.  If you’re happy with a $250,000 rig, great.  If you’re happy with a transistor am/fm from the sixties, great!

Don’t let anyone try to influence you in this.  Trust in your ears.  Trust in yourself.