2) The Music Snob/Cynic = This is what I call the most immature trait. This is the audiophile that will tell that you should only listen to the same recordings they like or only ones that have an “audiophile” sticker on them. There are two positions this comes from:
A) The pure snob – Somehow this person thinks they are superior and possess the most keen listening skills, I like to call this the golden ears syndrome. (What is ironic is that those whom claim to have golden ears and can listen for the rest of us seem to always be the ones with hearing problems, mainly from playing their systems too loud). This person thinks they are an authority on all things music and knows what the good recordings are and what the bad ones are sometimes even if never having heard them. These guys are usually strictly one genera and to even suggest trying a different one to them sends them into conniptions. You will also get an earful if you suggest any fantastic recording that does not have an “audiophile seal of approval” even though it is among the best and in the genera they like.
B) The Cynic – This is the audiophile that has never heard a recording he likes or has had one bad experience with one record and pans entire discographies without reason. One example among many I have experienced involved a Jethro Tull LP. Records from any era, including ones pressed a minute ago are susceptible to bad pressings depending on the plant. Also, all records are susceptible to being incorrectly mastered and transferred too. So the cynic may have gotten a hold of a bad pressing of a Jethro Tull LP and hated it. Ok, no fault there except for the pressing plant. The problem is to them that means all Jethro Tull records are bad. The Jethro Tull LP titled “Heavy Horses” was at one time, considered one of the best produced LPs among audiophiles. (I have an original pressing of the LP and it shows, very good even if you are not a fan). This “opinion” among audiophiles did not last long and somehow it is now panned as an awful recording. Here is something else to keep in mind: Audiophiles are extremely fickle when it comes to recordings (LPs, etc.). It is like the flavor of the week or month, which is how long any one recording lasts in the “good” category with audiophiles. This includes “audiophile approved artists”! For example, Jazz artist Diana Krall lasted about 2 or 3 months and then inexplicably fell from grace. Jazz artist Patricia Barber lasted about two months. Jethro Tull lasted about a month before falling, The Eagles (Hotel California in particular) lasted about a month. Before that it was Cat Stevens album Tea for Tillerman, lasted about 1.5 months and on and on. (Continued on next page)