Every time I see an article on slashdot about audiophiles, it's ALWAYS about stupidly overpriced cables. I think they're as silly as anyone here does, but dontcha think that this whipping boy is getting a little old? It's kind of like pointing fingers and laughing at Kim Kardashian who is famous for nothing more than being famous, or Donald Trump's hair.
W. C. Fields was right when he said there's a sucker born every minute and some of them throw their money away on fancy cable. So what?
I'll bet that most everyone here who dumps all over the fancy cables also has a crap audio system of their own, or thinks that they know what good sound is because they bounced for expensive headphones. Sorry guys, but listening to iTunes on headphones doesn't qualify you to declare your superiority about anything audiophile. A real audiophile isn't someone who lusts after $50,000 loudspeakers or buys the stupid cables we've been talking about.
A real audiophile is someone who builds his own power amps or loudspeakers. A real audiophile gets some microphones and goes out recording music at live events, brings it home and gets a faithful recreation on the home system. A real audiophile is someone who combines a love for music and a love for getting their hand "dirty" with the engineering of sound reproduction. That has little to do with stupid cables or excessively expensive gear of any kind.
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