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In Reply to: RE: Audio as HOBBY? or LIFESTYLE? posted by 3+4=5 on July 07, 2017 at 13:42:29
Here are two definitions of "fetish": (1) an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit (2) an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion. (I won't even delve into the sex-related definition!)
For some audiophiles I think either or both of these meanings are more apt than either hobby or lifestyle. Just spend some time on the Vinyl Asylum to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
For me, at different times either hobby or fetish would have applied, but never lifestyle (a much misused and abused word in my opinion).
Here is an example of an audio fetish--ad copy for a $175 fuse encountered today on A'Gon. Name of advertiser altered slightly, but the rest is verbatim:
"The Beeswax version is identical to the Premiere version the only difference is Audioholic Magnificence uses Beeswax instead of the normal anti vibration fluid, this gives the fuse a very organic flavor but maintains the detail, dynamics and everything the Premier does. The production of this fuse is very difficult, very hard to get the Beeswax into the fuse but the organic sound is too good to ignore."
In the end, I suppose, if one hears a difference, there is a difference, although I must admit that I used to hear differences that I no longer do. Can't say if that's because I'm getting older with a natural decline in aural acuity or if I've just become jaded.
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