What drives Audiophiles to do dumb things, when the people doing these dumb things are otherwise intelligent human beings?
It’s something of a phonomena and here is a great example. “Bob” is a young MD that is in practice locally. So, obviously, an intelligent person and a very nice guy.
Bob purchased a Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum III Integrated Amplifier from me, maybe the best deal in all of high end audio, based on what he read. He said he couldn’t believe that there was a Rogue Audio dealer in our small community, but here I was and I offered him a demo at a customers house, as this customer is happy to do this and his listening area is a much better representation of most folks listening area than my special purpose listening room. Bob was happy to accept.
He liked what he hear well enough to want to come to my house the next day and buy my demo amp, which was still in its sealed box. I was happy to oblige. While, here, we listened to my system for almost an hour and I’d say that Bob was really impressed, a feeling later confirmed by his lovely wife.
He’s also in the market for speakers, as well as a turntable and cartridge. Did he speak to me about this? Nope. He bought it all on-line and I’d say their is a very good chance he didn’t hear what he bought, but just winging it.
Why did he like what he heard enough to buy the amp and pick it up on a Sunday, yet when it came to these other components, one of which are in the the Martin Logan family of speakers that match beautifully with the Rogue and I was suggesting to him, he bought something he’d never heard with this amp? In fact the Dynaudio speakers he purchased really aren’t the best match with this amp and I sell them!!
So starts the audio merry-go-round for Bob and that’s strange to me, but for some reason commonplace in high end audio… Why is that?