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Ralph Edington
2005-01-17, 17:31
> Humour appreciated, but you don't have to be an audiophile to find this
> irritating. For example, listening to classical music with the Orchestra
> the "wrong" way round is most disconcerting! Also, jazz recorded with
> instruments panned fairly hard left or right sounds odd.

Well, maybe audiophile isn't the right word. Then what is? Aficionado?
Enthusiast? Devotee?
Someone-who-can-tell-which-side-of-a-jazz-ensemble-is-the-right-side?

I'm kind of serious here -- I know there are some people who actually sit in
front of their stereo and listen to the music while facing the speakers.
I'm not one of them. I'm always walking around, doing chores, cooking, or
generally whirling like a dervish, which is why whole-house audio is way,
way, WAY more important to me than correct left/right orientation. (Thank
you Slim Devices for supporting whole house audio!)

So what is the right word for these true listeners, who can tell when the
music is backwards? If they're not one-and-the-same as the people who
subscribe to "Stereophile" magazine, I think we should have a word for them.
If there's not a word out there already, I think we should make up a new
one.

:o) RE