Arguments over acronyms

It seems to me that the audio world/hobby/call it what you want goes through a seemingly endless hallway of arguments over acronyms. It’s like a hotel hallway with an argument behind every door in every room. If it is isn’t PCM, its DSD, if it isn’t DSD, its MQA, DTS, SOFET, …………… It was enough with CD, LP, SACD, DVD. Even other acronyms are added all the time and then there is cute stuff like WAF. Even music titles and artists are now acronyms such as DSOTM (Dark Side Of The Moon) and PF (Pink Floyd).
It’s enough to make you want to say you can’t give an IOU to UPS for a COD or they might call the FBI..ha ha ha.

All kidding aside, it seems to me that this is not limited to the audio hobby, but part of everything now, business, everyday language, etc. It is as if while non-native English speakers dedicate themselves to learning the English language, native English speakers have all but given up on their own language. With everyone talking in acronyms, it is no wonder nobody understands each other.
The point here is that partly because of lack of understanding each other with all this tossing around of acronyms, there are more arguments. Not necessarily from the acronyms in and of themselves, but the way they are used as subjects. For example: There was a period of time not too long ago when there was endless arguing about PCM vs DSD and even DSD itself. That has not gone away but has dimmed a bit, but it will be back I’m sure. Not long ago the MQA arguments started and are still going. The arguments are not based on the acronyms themselves but based on a lack of understanding what they are and a refusal to look at the evidence at hand. In other words, a refusal to self-educate and believe and put faith in hyperbole over facts. (Personally, I have no dog in the fight and could care less about MQA, DSD, Etc. What concerns me is communication and intellect).

It seems to me that all this arguing over acronyms and gear and what have you is not only a result of a breakdown in communication in general, but seems to be by design as well resulting in a complete disconnect from music and the purpose of it and the gear on which it is played. All the time and energy spent on arguing over acronyms, formats, gear, etc. is time and energy taken away from the whole purpose of listening to music and benefiting from that. Music is communication and language. Those whom spend more time arguing over acronyms, gear and the like obviously have no respect for music and are not interested in letting music speak or benefiting themselves and letting others benefit from music. In my opinion, this is about as shameful as you can get.

So I encourage you to ignore all those whom engage in such fighting. I don’t care who they work for or with or who everyone thinks they are, if they are engaging or feeding such arguments, fights or trying to divide people, ignoring music then what is the point in listening to them if they are only going to be killjoys. Music is the all important point and end game, don’t lose sight of that.

A hidden Audiophile litmus test?

Lately, I have noticed the “audiophile litmus test” has been coming back lately. Of course, there is no official test, but more and more reviewers and other folks with audio blogs and you tube channels have been dividing folks between audiophile and non-audiophile and even assigning grades of audiophile in an “us vs them” tonality. None of this does anyone any good and is only divisive (a tool to sow division). My reaction to this is, don’t we already have enough division regarding everything being sown since #45 took office? Do we really need this in the audio and music world? I have even addressed some of these individuals to try to get them to think about what they are saying, but as expected it falls on deaf ears or just causes more problems because they are elitist and think they are right to posit an “us vs them” mentality as they divide people instead of encouraging people to listen to music. It’s like they are saying “you must join the club and drink the koolaid or you will not be allowed to listen to music now and that music is leaving the world and you will not get to keep it unless you are a member in which you will be spared from the coming apocalypse”. It even gets to the point that these dark-side beings also try to tell people what to listen to and what not to listen to in music. I find this attitude to be ludicrous at very best and severely damaging on many levels at worst. The scary thing in addition to that is that some of these types appear to be angels of light, but are really mean-spirited with an agenda in disguise, (like a sociopath who appears to have your best interest at heart but is really in it totally for themselves leaving you drained dry at the end). Continue reading

Aren’t new vinyl records always better than used?

While unlike audio gear and cars, the depreciation value of records is slow if at all, but like cars, does it always pay to buy new? With the huge amount of records out there in the used market that have not been re-issued and may never be, it is like trying to go to your local Ford dealer car lot and insisting on finding a 1966 Mustang to purchase, not going to happen.

If you have not noticed by now that vinyl records are back to stay for a long time to come, than you must be in a coma someplace. I grew up with vinyl records and it was the only music medium there was for a while before my time and into the first 4 years or so when 8-track and cassette tapes appeared. However, I never had a huge collection nor did my parents. I think at one point I had collected about 60 records by the mid-eighties. (I have more records now, than ever before).
Around the end of the eighties I had switched to CD. It took about 5 years of fighting about the price of CDs for me to switch and I did so because the prices came down. When CDs first hit the market, it was common to see prices from about $20 to $30 per disc. When they hit $10 I started buying in. Continue reading