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sleepysurf
2006-11-28, 08:59
When passion becomes obsession... this video says it all!

I'm posting the link here for all non-audiophiles who don't understand the endless discussions in the Audiophile section of this board.

http://homepage.mac.com/savagebean/iMovieTheater11.html

ceejay
2006-11-28, 09:20
Thats a really great find, thank you! I especially liked when they were saying how much they'd spent, while their other halves rolled eyes to heaven...


Ceejay

flipflip
2006-11-28, 09:28
Interesting, thanks.

What's the music in the beginning? Anyone knows?

flip

Edit: Ok, I see, there's a listing at the end of the film.

peter
2006-11-28, 10:22
flipflip wrote:
> Interesting, thanks.
>
> What's the music in the beginning? Anyone knows?
>
Google knew: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dianakrall/temptation.html

Regards,
Peter

gwak
2006-11-28, 10:49
thanks!
-best
-gwak

Mark Lanctot
2006-11-28, 11:59
Interesting.

It's really identified what I think most audiophiles are after: perfection. When you change a system and you notice an improvement, you want another improvement, then another, then another.

Audiophilia is an open-ended improvement quest - the movie describes the enormous sums of money that can be consumed in the pursuit.

It's my opnion that the biggest improvements are made at the lower end of the scale and that the improvement gain in the upper reaches of the equipment scale becomes smaller and smaller with larger and larger amounts of money required, but that's an opinion which could start a flame war in the audiophile forum.

Unfortunately I do not have the cash or equipment to be considered an audiophile. I also don't believe many of the central tenets of the pursuit.

It's a bit of obsessive-compulsive behavior. I'm guilty of it in another pastime - model railroading. Why do I like to make models of trains? I'm not sure, but I do. I believe it comes down to wanting to control the world around me and make it conform to my will (for example, no graffitti on my railcars even though it is prototypical!)

I believe audiophilia follows similar lines and thinking, but the quest is for improvement and (unattainable) perfection. It's perhaps an attempt to create perfection and be able to control it in the midst of the chaos elsewhere.

stinkingpig
2006-11-28, 16:01
On 11/28/06, Mark Lanctot
<Mark.Lanctot.2hzxtz1164740401 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
>
> Interesting.
>
> It's really identified what I think most audiophiles are after:
> perfection. When you change a system and you notice an improvement,
> you want another improvement, then another, then another.
>

It makes me sad that I paused my Squeezebox for a few minutes to watch it.

> Audiophilia is an open-ended improvement quest - the movie describes
> the enormous sums of money that can be consumed in the pursuit.
....
> I believe audiophilia follows similar lines and thinking, but the quest
> is for improvement and (unattainable) perfection. It's perhaps an
> attempt to create perfection and be able to control it in the midst of
> the chaos elsewhere.

That's exactly right, and I certainly recognize those tendencies in
myself. Luckily I made computing my career instead of my hobby, so
someone else pays for the hardware and I'm able to maintain some
psychological distance.

--
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin,
So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional

SteveEast
2006-11-28, 17:52
flipflip wrote:
> Interesting, thanks.
>
> What's the music in the beginning? Anyone knows?
>
Google knew: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dianakrall/temptation.html

Regards,
Peter

I really liked the intro music too. Just discovered my wife already had the CD and I'd ripped it a few weeks ago - but, of course, I never listen to my wife's stuff!

Steve.