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zzzone.net:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/garden/the-new-audio-geeks.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

Points I would like to make:

1.  MP3s may usher a lot more people into the hi-fi world but many people with iPods could care less
2.  Digital or analog is fine as both have pros & cons
3.  The laws of diminishing returns applies to audio equipment probably more than any other area of technology or entertainment
4.  I think the article should have focused more on lossless versus lossy files
5.  No one can hear the difference between $10 and $1000 interconnects
6.  Vinyl, although I have had an addiction for it, is not the gold standard of audio formats

Jim

Edit:  Here's one of THOSE interconnects: http://www.thecableco.com/Product/Absolute at over $5000!  and another http://www.thecableco.com/Product/Mexcel-7N-D6100 at almost $7000.  If I had money to throw away, it certainly would not be on that nonsense. 

PS If you want a monthly laugh, check out http://www.theabsolutesound.com/ in paper format.  The equipment is described in highly subjective terms and NEVER tested in blinded settings to demonstrate that there is an objective reason to throw away 10 grand on a particular DAC, or cable or CD player.

petekelly:
I could never afford to be a 'true ' audiophile, but I've known people who were.
I remember over 25 years ago going to this feller's terraced house in Leeds to share the quasi-spiritual experince of listening to a Can album through his monster-fi. Huge Quad (I think) electrostatic speakers, mono-block amps and the most esoteric turntable I'd ever seen. It did indeed sound great, but the whole thing seemed to bring him as much aggravation as joy, as he was constantly buying and upgrading gear.


--- Quote ---5.  No one can hear the difference between $10 and $1000 interconnects

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I would tend to agree :)

Julio Di Benedetto:
Utmost respect to you both but I care to differ on cables / inter connectors......without question I can hear the difference between $10 & $1000 wire.  I have had a decent amount of cables in this audiophile price range connected to an audiophile amp and audiophile speakers in my studio when it was setup for mastering and recording.  Good sound is good sound.....I prefer not to listen to mp3's....I can hear that something is missing.  Flac is fine! 

I was fortunate to grow up in a house in the UK where Quad was the hi fi system which I later persuaded my mum that she really did need and absconded it. 

Certainly this audiophile gear can get out of hand but like most things in life...the line of communication is paramount....you want it to be received, in this case music, the way it was intended. Like sitting before the Berlin Philharmonic performing Beethoven's 9th symphony.

Now I'll go and read the article ;)......Love & Peace 

petekelly:
Julio,
I should clarify my reply by saying that I've always used good quality interconnects and cabling, but the one time when I moved towards the more audiophile side of things (Van den Hull carbon fibre interconnect), I just couldn't get it it's 'superior' transmission qualities.

I think Jim's point #3 is a good one:

--- Quote ---3.  The laws of diminishing returns applies to audio equipment probably more than any other area of technology or entertainment
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zzzone.net:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/486598/testing-audiophile-claims-and-myths

http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=82777

http://2eyespy.tripod.com/id3.html

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