Does your "esoteric" taste in audio also exist in other "things" you own/consume?

This is not ment to be a "snob appeal" thought or thought process....but just a wonderment about others and their "other" consumer consumptions. 

My best friends and I share the "high-end" audio interest/hobby/investments but  in that same vein, we all have traveled "the road not taken" with cars, homes, foods, vacations, art...etc.  Again, not to be mean, but none of my human experience has been that the humans I have had interactions with were "selectively intelligent".  Your esperience may have varied from this....but my experience is that most intelligent people I have known were globally intelligent and most of the simple minded people I have been around are globally simple minded...Perhaps the latter explains the "thing" with politicians? 


The Road Not Taken 

Launch Audio in a New Window


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.



1. Amateur astronomy. Purist telescopes with frequent upgrades & tweaks for improved performance. Incidentally, a lot of apochromatic telescope purists are also audiophiles. The philosophies are highly congruous. 

2. I have a wife that likes to upgrade herself with a lot of (tasteful) plastic surgery... and I end up losing a lot of money on that too but absolutely love it-- so worth it! 

3. I like high-end cars made for comfort and elegance, especially those made in the UK. 

4. I am fascinated by high-end anything! Its so wonderful to see the state of the art in just about any field! 

5. I enjoy science, and especially enjoy the nonsensical, as-of-yet inexplicable forefront of new learning. 

6. Purist organic and live soil grown foods. Food tastes better when it is as nature intended it! Factory processing is not as good! A lot of audiophile similarities there too. 


Great topic! I've enjoyed reading other audiophile's answers!

Movies. I consider myself to be a movie buff and have a huge collection of movies on Blu-Ray and DVD. I love art house, foreign films, cult films, and film noir. Lots of Criterion titles.


I've been described as gravitating somewhere "b/w the fringe and the fringe or the fringe" in my interests and work (OCD goes with the territory in Medicine ).  In bicycling, I've done more Centuries than I can keep track of, did Paris-Brest-Paris on a Seven with a Brooks saddle and downtube shifters. I've been a Leica user since my twenties and use both film and analog M's. I have a good collection of hand and power wood tools and have done all the flooring, cabinetry, tables, bookshelves (with lots of books BTW), picture frames, and some of the furniture and windows in our home- see my virtual system posts.