Some years ago, I was rather aggressive on my quest for true music reproduction, during that time I often said and wrote that measurements were the only way to correctly support audiophile claims.
I went out of my way to prove I was on what I thought was the correct side of the fence, the objective side.
Then I meet a really nice gentleman who made me think a bit on my wrong ways, objective measurements were still important but now I didn’t want to target hobbyists in my rants.
Years went by and now I don’t feel the need to point my finger at other fellow enthusiasts, like so many do in social media comments, especially on YouTube, which seems to have a very toxic audiophile community.
In the past, I would call them “audiofools”, and other less pleasant names. Well, you change with the people you meet, I certainly did.
I truly believe people should have fun, and if you need to tweak your system go ahead and do it. Don’t let anyone take that joy from you.
I still obviously think measurements are a very important part of this hobby if done with the correct gear.
For example, I do some in-ear measurements for my blog but I’m careful enough to put a disclaimer on the fact I’m an amateur using amateur gear.
Go to any YouTube video which talks about audiophile cables and you’ll often watch the objective and subjective sides in an epic word battle.
Because I now have more hobby pals, who are more into subjective opinions, I’m starting to be more tolerant of some claims, because let’s face it, hobbyists only want to have fun.
I’m above all into music, not into measurements.
Measurements are great ways to benchmark gear, but without hearing music in said gear, you will never know if you enjoy it or not.
Measurements are an integral part of quality control, and I wish more companies would share their data on that regard.
I think it’s more important to enjoy the music than making measurements all the time. Enthusiasts who focus too much on gear measurements might need to rethink their hobby priorities.
Are you a music lover who has the equipment to play music, or do you have music to hear the equipment?
I love tech, but music comes first, I won’t mind hearing a new song on a cheap ass Bluetooth loudspeaker, because I know I will later enjoy it on better equipment.
This hobby should be about finding good music and playing good music.
About good music, the wonderful lady on the photo is Charlotte Campbell if you enjoy singer-songwriters, well go hear her.