I haven't been frequenting this forum very long, but there is obviously some bad blood that appears to be 1) old; and 2) hanging around. I read a post today that said, because of some of the behaviors of some individuals, several guys who used to frequent have left for good. Through all this ****, people still throw out "if it sounds good to you it sounds good." They say it, and in the next breath they slam either an individual or that individual's opinion.
We're teaching our 5-year old the difference between saying "that is yucky" versus "I think that is yucky." One is a statement of apparent fact, one is an opinion. One slams the ability of the maker of the yucky item in question, one merely says I think it is yucky without passing an absolute judgment. When the time comes that I can afford to buy spiffy new speakers, I may come here seeking some opinions, I could conceivably go listening with one of you, but when it comes time to put my hard-earned money down, it will be my ears that make the decision, even if you think I'm crazy.
I mean, come on.. is *anyone* here really so fragile that they get some sort of thrill from slamming another guy's amp? Do any of us *really* feel so ****ty about ourselves that the only way to feel better is to point out that my amp is dual, stand-alone mono but YOURS is in a single box? You might as well throw in a nanny nanny boo boo. If you think your rig is *the* definition of perfection, are you not able to just quietly enjoy that thought without the need to rip apart anyone with different gear or who states an alternative opinion?
I'm an electrical engineer... I *know* how much science is behind some of this .. dare I say it.. hype having to do with interconnects. But I could easily see after just a few days here that many of you feel VERY strongly about expensive cables... and you know what? So what? So you do.. what is that off me? It advances my life or these discussions not one single bit for me to even throw in my two cents on cable discussions. It does nothing for anyone for me to slam a guy who spends alot on cables and talks them up.. except it would show me to have some need to be "right" and try to make others feel wrong. Maybe I don't feel that need because I haven't laid out the kind of dough many of you have.. I'm the guy with the Sherwood DD receiver and the Apex DVD player and a Sony CD changer from 1988... and the guy whose second Onkyo/Yamaha/Aiwa system is switched to mono and playing through a single M2 in the family room and a single M2 in the kitchen.
Come on... if my 5-year old can learn the difference between expressing an opinion versus making a statement of fact, if she can learn that it is NO reflection on her if someone disagrees with her... I think a group of big strong men like us can do it. And if you don't agree.. nanny nanny boo boo.