Originally Posted by Ngerstman
Haven’t visited this forum for a while but it is amazing that so few people are involved here. The first page goes all the way back to mid October. I guess the millennials don’t care much about this stuff and the baby boomers who might have given up the ghost of chasing the holly grail of audiophile nirvana. I know that I have as high end audio has become a stupidly expensive hobby, music doesn’t excite me that much anymore and my hearing has wained. Too bad, it was fun. Thirty years ago the best preamp cost $2,500-5,000 as did the best amps. The best speakers cost $5,000-10,000. Now the best of everything runs you $50,000-150,000, crazy! All the utes want now are a pair of $20 earbuds and a streaming JBL boombox. Sad. Regards. Ned.
I have no idea where you get your costs. I would never pay $ 5000.00 for an amplifier, no matter what the specification or power output. Spending money does not guarantee you get the 'best' of anything. If spending money is your true hobby
, then by all means... have fun.
The smartest people know that there is no appreciable difference in 0's and 1's output from a $29 emerson CD player and a $4000.00 CD player. Sure, aesthetics aside, perhaps durability, but functionally, if you are using the optical output there is no difference, and you enjoy galvanic isolation as a side benefit. ( rather than linking chassis together with a phono cable )
Instead magazines and delusional people wax poetically about rubbing a cantilevered, weighted diamond in a dirty vinyl LP album groove as the standard to live up to. Sorry... I do not subscribe to the notion of media that deteriorates every time it is played as being 'high end'. This is why I do not have cassettes, 8 track or vinyl.
The compact disc has technical limitations, and while limited to 22.05 khz on the top end, this is in reality, a non-issue for people with normal hearing ( young adults ) or people that suffer from hyperacusis.
Audiofools are still purchasing pre-amps and amps for thousands of dollars when they could benefit orders of magnitude more by proper acoustical design, analysis and treatment worth the same amount. Cable elevators, CD edge markers and magic stones are the work of snake oil salesmen..... Caveat Emptor.
Audiofools also abhor digital signal processing, instead prefer to listen to in room frequency responses that approximate a six flags amusement park ride.
For most audiophiles, a subwoofer is verboten. Some have slowly adopted the presence of a subwoofer, though typically wax poetic about the 'speed' and 'cadence' of a small subwoofer box matching their speakers.
In reality, they purchased a 0.6 cu foot cabinet with an excursion limited max output of about 100dB at 1m at 35 hz, when they need a realistic 125 dB at 1meter at 35 hz. ( to have headroom above the ~110 dB at the main listening position for 'live levels' ) Owing to the customary performance to price ratio, this 0.6 cu foot box will have pricing relative to it's weight in troy ounces of gold.
Not to mention, the audiophile has not a clue on how to integrate the device into the system, they simply plug and play, fiddling with knobs to ensure that the bandwidth of said gold equivalent subwoofer is at maximum 0.5 octaves wide, and the overall level is too low to be of any use.
The college student that is into gear pulls out his measurement microphone, measures the relative levels of main and sub, adjusts the delay and phase to get excellent results from modest gear.