top ten things you learned about HiFi on Agon

Here's my list in some semblance of order:

1. how to more critically listen to music and determine what my system is doing right and what areas could stand some improvement
2. room shape and speaker position matter a lot
3. about other websites where I can get more detailed information on a particular subject
4. importance of the source
5. importance of good power cables
6. importance of a solid foundation for your equipment
7. importance of tonearm and cartridge matching and setup
8. about silver fuses
9. concepts related to amp and speaker matching
10. the concept of overall system balance and working towards a particular system sound.

I have really learned quite a bit by coming on this site. I generally used to think I knew my way around HiFi gear, having built speakers and owned various systems over the years, some that worked "pretty good" (put together by budget, market research, ear and accident), and some... well, not-so-much. I have a much better idea of where my understanding is now (thus the screen name), and feel like I am only scratching the surface.

With that said, every time I listen to my system these days I am aware of how much better it sounds compared to only a few years ago - due in large part to advice based on your writings and rantings on here. And this accomplished by adding many tweaks, a few key accessories and without adding or swapping very many major parts over that time span (except three turntables and four cartridges [but no microphone!]). Thanks Agoners for all the great information!!!
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So funny!!! 

For myself, there’s only one true measure of a sound system: DO I WANT TO KEEP LISTENING & ENJOYING  & TIME JUST  DISAPPEARS OR HAVE I HAD ENOUGH AFTER A COUPLE MINUTES?

There can many reasons for either of those responses & figuring out what they are is what this whole forum is all about.

Fun stuff! Thanks for all the great comments & opinions. 




1. Audio is a fun hobby; just don’t take it too seriously,
2. music trumps equipment,
3.hype should be treated with a proportional amount of caution,
4. many excellent products never make the Stereophile Recommended Products list,
5. for best results trust your own ears,
6. carefully match equipment for system synergy, and don’t neglect support, damping and room treatment,
7. deals that look too good to be true usually are,
8. doing your homework on equipment and checking seller feedback may keep you from being burned, but probably not from being occasionally singed,
9. enjoy the music reviews and threads here, and most importantly,
10. the time you spend on audio is nowhere near as valuable as the time you spend with the people in your life.


Well said! That was an impressively well thought out response.

As you suggest, your final point, number 10, cannot be overstated.

I was out of the game for 30 years and Audiogon was a great place to get back up to speed. I basically put a system together based on the forums and it turned out better than I could have hoped for.

One shame is that I was ignored by the first seller who I reached out to. I was going to buy an pre-amp and amp from him, but he ignored me because I was a newbie on the site. The $13k got spent elsewhere.

Wow, @cd318 nailed it for me.

I wouldn’t change a single item on his list -nice job!
I would however move No.10 to No.1 - as the most important and maybe hardest learned lesson for me.