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Does someone’s opinion affect your opinion?
If the answer to the OP's question is "NO," as many here affirm, then what are you doing on the Audiogon forum? We're sharing opinions about SQ here, are we not? And without even listening together, so that none of us has any way of norming or oth... 
Why Do Cables Matter?
What's the point in weighing in on this debate? But I will anyway. Do cables matter? One can—as this among so many other threads, websites, and books abundantly show!—make cogent "arguments" on both sides. No one will ever settle the matter by ar... 
How rare is an audiophile
I guess I’m an outlier here. I already had audiophile friends in high school. In college, just about all the guys in the dorms were into good stereos, and several had what even today, and even after years of earning, would still be considered good... 
What are your favorite songs or albums for illustrating a deep soundstage?
Completely agree with simonmoon. But...there’s nothing wrong with dramatic spatial effects produced by studio tricks in rock music. In previous threads on this site, people have commented on how, with a good jazz recording, the drums are often cen... 
What are your favorite songs or albums for illustrating a deep soundstage?
bliss, You write that "Classical examples are also very welcomed." Here’s my favorite (of rather many; I listen to mostly "classical"): Beethoven’s complete incidental music to "The Creatures of Prometheus," performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orche... 
Advice on how to liquidate system
Very sad to learn all this, but nice to see all the support and advice here. Everyone's different, but maybe my saga will give you some hope. Coming back from Prague a few years ago, there was a family with a screaming baby in the next seats; tha... 
What is the proper loudness for listening?
Thank you, @ditusa. These are very informative links. Note that, according to your third link, "The A-weighted sound level discriminates against low frequencies.... In this setting, the meter primarily measures in the 500 to 10,000 Hz range. It i... 
What is the proper loudness for listening?
I've found that Paul McGowan has a point: especially with acoustic music (solo, unamplified voice; solo acoustic instruments or small ensembles; piano), the volume usually sounds best when it reproduces accurately the volume that instrument would ... 
Does anyone know where this J. Gordon Holt comes from?
tomcy6 surely has a point, as several posters have acknowledged: that an audio system should at the very least aspire to "reproduce the sound of real instruments in a real space," just as J. Gordon Holt stated. But... A good friend of mine (who al... 
Absorption, Diffusion or a combination of it all?
@mrskeptic: Paul McGowan is the founder of PS Audio. Is he a "scientist"? Certainly not. Is he a blow-hard? Yes. His "books" are full of dubious and self-serving claims, as are many of his too many Youtube videos. I also know people in the busines... 
Absorption, Diffusion or a combination of it all?
For what it’s worth, Paul McGowan prefers diffusers to absorbers; the former mix reflections of all frequencies equally, while the latter absorb different frequencies to different degrees. McGowan also explains that the reason “first reflections” ... 
un-becoming an audiophile
This question has been raised so many times here, but this thread is, IMO, the richest discussion of it yet. All the key issues are here: that musicians often don't give a damn about audio equipment; that our systems inspire delight even when they... 
How do you find time to enjoy your $$$ speakers and system?
What a long, strange thread this has been! So many of you don't seem to spend much time at all listening to music. But, as several have said, it's all a matter of priorities.  Speaking for myself, I spend several hours almost every day parked in ... 
New Outlets Lead to Better Sounding and Tasting Coffee
Here's a Coffee-and-Beethoven story for you. He was, of course, a notoriously irascible grump. As evidence of this, I read in a biography once that he demanded of his landlady that the coffee she made him be brewed with 60 beans. This did seem lik... 
Is Imaging Worth Chasing?
Timbral accuracy for acoustic instruments and voices may be more important, but imaging is right up there as one of the best magic tricks a fine home audio system can beguile us with. In fact, "realism" may not be the point, as bkeske seems to say...