tangential answers to specific questions on the forum


OK, so here's a general question.

My observation has been that specific questions posed on this forum often get answered in entirely tangential ways.

For example.

QUESTION: I've narrowed by short-list down to Ayre, Hegel, and Simaudio integrated amps.  Which would you choose between those three, and why?

ANSWER TYPE #1: None of those are what you really want to buy, because they're mediocre in comparison to others.  What you should really be looking at is Plinius or, if you can stretch, Gamut.

ANSWER TYPE #2: You're coming at this all wrong.  (2A) You should be looking at tube integrateds. (2B) You should definitely be looking at separates rather than integrated, ideally a tube pre-amp combined with a high-powered solid-state power amp.

ANSWER TYPE #3: most stereo sounds dreadful.  Only I have the key to true 3-dimensional sound, but I cannot divulge what that is.

Do you find these kinds of answers (a) helpful, (b) irritating, unhelpful, and counterproductive?



C943649e 64b4 48a7 a173 3590ba214727twoleftears
twoleftears,

     I sympathize with the difficulty you must have distinguishing between the audio performance of 3 integrateds given your physical handicap. 
     I'd suggest investing in a good surgical solution prior to beginning an amp search.

Tangentially yours,
     Tim

I find the answers quite irritating.  I just posted a thread on Acrolink cables and even though I said "I am interested in Acrolink only", I am sure I will get everything from blue genes cables all the way to Nordost and beyond.

Sometimes I wonder if people really read the entire thread before answering.

THE more specific the question, the greater the difficulty of giving a fully informed answer -unless you are a dealer of the 3 components in question, or a fanatically well-informed audiophile. maybe you've heard of ONE of the components, but in a not-so-great set-up.
or you have seen one of the pieces at a show or at a dealer but not
set up at all.  Maybe you have a pre-conceived opinion about the product line or someone you know has had a good (or bad) experience with their preamps or cd players.  People may tend to want to jump into a discussion about audio since not a ton of folks even know about specialized gear (beyond Bose or other popular stuff).  Google isn't even that great anymore...
an isolated tangential response is ok, but sometimes it then takes the thread in a totally different direction...you ask about CD players and get a long debate about computer audio...
twoleftears,

     Does everything you play sound like you're standing in front of the left speaker?

Just curious,
    Tim
That's easy. My answer is neither (a) nor (b) but I choose (c).
When I look at my glass of Stoli I see it half-empty and promptly fix the situation. Same here. With AGon comments I always presume that folks are having fun and feel good if my question got answered by someone. It usually does. Sidetracking or snarky comments feel fine to me. It is the personal insults disguised as "professional help" I cannot yet comprehend...
But sidetracking, No. Actually, some of the tangential answers to my latest  Q on AudioDesk CD lathe had pushed me onto CD vibration research which I hope to post real soon. 
never sidetrack a tangential question
@randy-11 That is The Way it has to be! +1!!!
twoleftears,

My therapist said I need to take responsibility for my behavior.  I disagreed stating you are responsible for my inane comments due to your awesome user name.

Okay, last question I promise:
  Do you have two left feet to match your ears?  

Sorry, it's a sickness
      Tim