Originally Posted by Wayne Highwood
Whatever get's your toes a tappin' mon. Obed with his 300b, too. I've got a soft spot for SETs myself. There is nothing right or wrong about what you like.
The problem arises when you recommend folks swap wires to find the ones that sound better, which is ridiculous.
You just nailed the part that's truly wrong about the religion of audiophilia. What they believe is their business, and it's generally harmless, up to a point. That point (which, in my judgment, esh516 has not reached, but many "audiophiles" in these forums have), is when they make expensive recommendations to complete strangers based on "audiophile" hokum.
Example. Ever seen someone ask whether adding an external amplifier to an AVR will improve their "sound quality"? I've answered that kinda question kinda like this:
"It depends on the power of your receiver's internal amplifier, the sensitivity and impedance of your speakers, the size of your room and your desired listening levels. Are you driving your existing amplifier into audible clipping, even occasionally? If so, you would probably benefit from additional power (but maybe only occasionally). On the other hand, if you're not over-driving your existing amp, then reserve power will be nothing more than that -- reserve power. It's not something you can hear until you actually tap into it, kinda like an insurance policy. I have lots of reserve power (250 watts a channel), but my system doesn't sound any better because of that for the vast majority of the time (if ever). I admit that. So, in your case, it might well come down to whether you want to pay for power that, for most real-world conditions, you'll probably never use."
That advice is entirely reasonable and defensible. It's the right
advice. But almost every time this kinda question comes up, some "audiophile" will insist that an external amp will deliver more "depth" or a "broader soundstage" or more "bass weight" or "more slam" or (this one is especially useful) "better sound quality" at all volume levels. No explanation for how or why this would be true. They just insist upon it. Because, apparently, a Bryston or Classe amp at 1 or 2 watts output "sounds better" than a Denon receiver at the same level. They believe this crap.
"Advice" like that in an open forum isn't just misguided, it's unconscionable and outright unethical.Edited by Brownstone322 - 9/22/13 at 9:43am