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In Reply to: Are audiophiles, in general unhappy folks? posted by Eldragon on May 3, 2006 at 08:53:00:
Regarding your quote, you'll find materialists in every walk of life. As compared with big homes, fancy cars, jewelry, clothes, etc., however, audiophilia is a poor way to express materialism. The reason is simple: a crucial component to successful materialism is instant recognition by others.
Driving an S Class Mercedes or a Ferrari Modena works. Wearing a gold Rolex works. Having an 8,000 sq ft house works. Wearing Armani suits works. Having a $100k system does not. Why is that? There is simply zero recognition in the general populace as to the cost of exotic speakers, amplifiers, much less cables. How many folks know the cost of say Nordost Valhalla much less able to recognize it? It is essential to materialists that others immediately grasp the scope of the investment. That just does not happen with audio.
I'm with Duke. My passion is fueled by music. It always has been. Call me selfish, but I really couldn't care less what others think of my systems.
Unless the observer equally buys into a system of false, manipulated needs and rampant consumption in all ways of the planet.
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