It seems like when I see comments on high end gear there is a lot of negativity. I have been an audiophile for the last 20 years. Honestly, if you know how to choose gear and match gear a lot of the high end gear is just better. When it comes to price people can charge what they want for what they create. If you don’t want it. Don’t pay for it. Look if you are blessed to afford the best bear and you can get it. It can be very sonically pleasing. Then do it. Now if you are also smart and knowledgeable you can get high end sound at mid-fi prices then do it. It’s the beauty of our our hobby. To build a system that competes with the better more expensive sounding systems out there. THOUGHTS?


Suppress big corporations ...Big finance...   Change the money concept ... Downsize democracy to human scale ...

Quit being an empire ... Quit being the best to be the less worst ... Reveal the destructive nature of transhumanism ...And reveal how science exist no more at the hand of technocratic masters ...

Read Soljenistsyn discourse after he was ousted from Soviet regime and speak to "freer" america about truth and spirit and see how his predictions about America are now fully realized for the worst ... ...He predicted the failure of Soviet regime and also the failure of America for the same reasons : lies and materialism and totalitarian ideology or totalitarian corporations ...


So, I am curious. If, "it doesn’t have to be that way", then what are you suggesting people do to "change the system that caters to millionaires", other than voting with their wallets?

Everyone has their own personality traits and these traits show in EVERYTHING they do and EVERYTHING they discuss. That being said, why are we discussing these traits as though you see them only as they relate to high-end, audio, equipment, equipment pricing, etc.? You could be talking to people about sports, medicine, legal issues, politics, etc, etc. and these same personality traits appear regardless of the topic. Part of the hobby for some people appears to be it gives them the opportunity to feel superior and try to convince the rest of us that they are.


@mahgister +1 Stop making Sense! This is why we missed you...

@jji666 +1 Exactly...

I was in The Industry for about 15 years (decades ago) and not much has changed with respect to the High End. Yes, the Tech is more refined and the ideas have evolved but the Envy (of the Have Nots) and the Arrogance (of the Haves) is Constant. The veneer of Innocence and "Oh I would Never..." on Both sides is Not Your Fault... it is Human nature.

Just buy what you can Afford and try to Be Happy... don't worry about The Other Guy. Drop the needle (or push the button) and enjoy the Art...

“why do you remain a passive victim to a system you dislike?”

Did you read what I wrote? No, you would rather overwrite it with your ideological assumptions, which willfully obscure one of my points. There’s nothing passive about me or what I accomplished at all. I have built - that’s an active verb - a world class audio system over 55 years and that cost me over that time about $35,000 in today’s dollars: that’s $636 a year, very efficient spending in the face of a culture that measures a man’s testosterone levels by the size of his budget (I had a better way of saying that but I think there are a few ladies present in the room).

“There are other countries that operate under different systems….”

This is such boring right wing drivel. It’s 75 year old McCarthyite crap. Can’t you be at least original?

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the period, by Paul Robeson, one of the two greatest bass baritones of the 20th Century, whom the U.S. government harassed into his grave for nearly two decades:

Mr. SCHERER: Why do you not stay in Russia?

Mr. ROBESON: Because my father was a slave, and my people died to build this country, and I am going to stay here, and have a part of it just like you. And no Fascist-minded people will drive me from it. Is that clear?



History Matters: https://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6440




+1 @unreceivedogma 

Me too. See my systems.

But I will put my 38-67 year old gear up against anything on the market today and while it may not be the best according to some, it will righteously acquit itself.