Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: The great state of Iowa
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I have some quick observations on a less controversial front:
As a low-end guy with a pair of measly $800 Def-Tech bipolars, I'm glad I am not stuck with the "Golden Ears" affliction. My speakers (and Technics Surround sound decoder, and Marantz Monoblocks) sound absolutely phenomenal to me, I don't want to know what I'm missing.
That being said, I also don't want to "p$ss in anyone's coffee." If people derive a great deal of pleasure dabbling in the High-End audio arena, then there is no reason to denigrate them. They are doing what they love, and if that involves meticulously matching interconnects with speakers and amplifiers looking for that undefinable "open, airy spaciousness", then more power to them. I get a great deal of pleasure in similarly silly endeavors, so who am I to judge?
The science on this is pretty irrefutable, so for those of us who accept the science and frankly just plain common sense that things like wires and amplifiers (for the most part) impart little to no sonic impact, we can blissfully save several thousand dollars on green pens and power cords and other such nonsense. But we shouldn't be in the business of telling others what they do or don't hear. I know it drives me crazy when my mom tells me how much happier I am now that I have children. How the hell does she know what makes me happy?
The Amazing Randi is doing the world a service by debunking these charlatans. Most of us would agree that fraud is a crime. If our insurance company, or bank defrauds us, we want those people to got to jail. But somehow when a "psychic" defrauds us, that's somehow OK? As long as I know I'm at a magic show, that's fine. But when you claim to be legitimate and are not, then you deserve to go to jail as well.
As for Randi' motives, what do I care? If my kid has a disease, and the doctor cures her, what do I care whether the doctor's motives were selfish? (See the TV show "House" for many fine examples of this.) As long as Randi is sincere and gives people a fair chance to win the $1 Million, that's all that matters. From everything I've seen, Randi is more than fair.
It's toe-tappingly tragic!