Originally Posted by craig john
Again, this is *exactly* my point... why do you care what *I* like? My opinions are totally subjective and have virtually nothing to do with what you will like or prefer.
Before you acquire this system... I sincerely hope you have spent your "due diligence" time in auditioning it, and making sure that you and the people important to you will enjoy it.
Edit: For example, there are *tons* of people who really like the sound of multi-directional speakers for HT. Speakers from Def Tech, Mirage, Magnepan, Martin Logan and many others feature direct plus indirect sound. I would never own such a speaker system. I *prefer* a direct, monopole speaker. I find the directionality much more "convincing" than all the reflected energy of multi-polar speakers. Who is right? Both? Neither?
I boils down to preference, pure, plain and simple.
You are correct that in the end it does boil down to what someone's ears like and is in his or her budget. Having said that...
Plenty of smart people think Bose equipment is great and high end audio because they don't know any better. They have never been educated on better equipment and don't know where to look. For example, I never heard of Ascend before browsing through these forums and they are now a serious candidate for my next HT speaker upgrade.
I think that what "audiophiles" think is important for someone new to "better" equipment. As you point out, something like speakers are such subjective things that there will always be a vast array of preferences.
A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to get some decent headphones for an iPod. I started doing some preliminary research online and discovered the Head-Fi web site (http://www.head-fi.org/forums
). Bad mistake. I spent a ton of time browsing the forums, reading what people really into headphones and amps like before I stepped into that money pit. I was thinking I could buy a good set of headphones for $50-$100 bucks and soon ended up spending a couple of grand on headphones, DACs, upgraded cables, tube amplifiers, etc. And that wasn't my last upgrade..
If someone is going to drop some money on equipment and they don't have much experience in the area, a little reassurance is not a bad thing. But, not to beat a dead horse, it has to sound good to them.