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.
For me? No. I know what I like and I also am well aware that what I currently have for components and speakers are absolutely not the holy grail of audio. I love the forum because I trust the opinions of a few when it comes to the quality and sound of something I am looking to upgrade or add to my system. But saying that.. it sounds better or it doesn’t after the addition. And if not…. I certainly don’t question my own ability to discern what I want to hear. The only thing I do recommend is give whatever you are auditioning a fair shake. Try different music, don’t be afraid to try repositioning your speakers a little. If after a few hours of listening switch back to the original component. That is when I know for sure that what I just added is better or not.
As many other have said. People have different tastes, different ears, different expectations of what they want to hear. I had a couple buddies trying different carts on my table back a couple years ago. All three of us found a different cart the best. One of the guys preferred an Ortofon Blue over $2500 MC carts we had in hand. I think that was when it really sunk into me that there is just such a crazy difference in our likes.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with an online high end audio magazine called Mono and Stereo, but after reading quite a few of their articles, several years ago I emailed the editor and suggested that the publication would appear much more professional and polished if the English wording and grammar were corrected.
The owner, who also writes some of the reviews, is eastern European after all, and English isn’t his first language. He subsequently invited me to edit a couple of reviews, which actually ended up being nearly full rewrites. He was satisfied, and actually replaced his originals online with my rewrites, but when I asked him about the possibility of being paid for other editing jobs in the future, he demurred.
I really love editing and copywriting, which I studied for a while. Errors always jump out at me. Of course, I make my own like everyone else.
Rewriting and correcting my horrible english posts is too hard job even for you Alas!
I apologize to all for my "square" syntax and my many typos... I apologize to roxy54 in particular...
I never spoke english in all my life and philosophical or science books are not the best to learn english...We miss slang, humor and wit, and fluidity of syntax...
The greatest writer i read in modern english a spanish born philosopher stun me by his prose... George Santayana.... It remind me that one of the greatest french writer in the last 70 years was a romanian : Emil Cioran
Some are more gifted than others...