Audiophile Day? I guess, why not?
Today is Audiophile Day. October 2nd of each year has officially been set aside as a special day for those of us that love music and revel in the beauty of it played in our homes.
I would encourage each and every one of you that identifies as an audiophile to crank up your system and put on your favorite track.
Terri and I will celebrate Audiophile Day over dinner tonight, clinking glasses and toasting to all of those who love what we so treasure. The art of reproduced music.
We are family. Each and every one of you reading this message knows what I mean. We’ve invested our time, energy, resources, and spirits into this great endeavor we call audio.
Enjoy Audiophile Day today, October 2nd.
Part of knowing our HiFi Family so well is understanding what I like to think of as Audiophile Wisdom, the collective agreement of what we believe. For example, audiophiles pretty much agree that vacuum tubes sound one way, solid-state devices quite another. Or, LP’s and vinyl has its sound and digital something different.
Every interest group on Planet Earth has its share of collective wisdom. That’s certainly nothing new, but when it comes to audio I have yet to find any other passion-driven endeavor to be so rich and vocal when it comes to our beliefs.
Some might refer to the common wisdom as myths while others would consider much to be gospel. Whatever your viewpoint on the audiophile’s wisdom, it’s helpful to recognize some of the more popular tropes. Separating the things we believe from facts can be very helpful when attempting to untangle often complicated subjects.
One of the main goals of the Ask Paul video series is unraveling some of the conventional audiophile wisdom and helping people understand the origins of the stories and beliefs. Often, I have to check myself to make sure what I am saying isn’t simply a regurgitation—hard when you’ve been so immersed in the culture for such a long time.
I think it’s always helpful to share our collective wisdom with others. It’s also important to check your sources. Most audiophile wisdom is based in old history that may or may not be true anymore.
Be careful your accumulated wisdom doesn’t send you down the wrong road.