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1.That people invest so much energy and funds in inanimate objects that they hope will get them close to the reality instead of investing directly into real animate objects.
2. That $375 MM cartridge can sound so good when used with $3k table and $1.5k arm.
3. That there appears to still be many enthusiasts of open reel decks who keep to true audiophile roots.
4. That some have thousands of records and keep buying more.
5.That tubes still rule no matter what is sometimes said. They do not sound different than transistors, they sound better.
6. That at times paying a lot for cables makes perfect sense.
The three biggest surprises in Hi-Fi since the 70’s are easily that, after all these years...
1. Valves and vinyl still rule the roost in many ways and are still so damn pleasing!
2. I can actually hear the industries performance advancements, in my (and dear friends) kit(s) and truly enjoy much of the benefits, given the inescapable fact that at the same time our ears are aging (me:58) and losing performance capability.
3. That the profound sonic effects of cabling, mains supply, and burn-in are still treated like myth/religion by far too many in otherwise respectable circles of our fair hobby.
Happy (long play) Listening!
Direct-drive and Idler-drive turntables.
The goodness and sometimes the superiority of MM and MI type cartridges that cost hundreds of dollars, rather than thousands.
That, contrary to what someone else wrote above, incremental improvements to my system have made mediocre LPs sound better, often much better, rather than worse.
1. That stock fuses degrade the sound so spectacularly.
2. That there aren't enough vinyl records on the planet to ease my addiction.
3. That red book CD's can sound spectacular.
4. That I'm not bothered by a few glitches, clicks or pops on live recordings ... but audience noises like coughs are really starting to annoy me.
5. That ARC has a new REF-6 on the market and there's not one residing on my equipment rack.
6. That as I get older and into my later years, music is even more enjoyable now than when I was a kid ... and that's really saying something.
Agree with totem395, biggest surprise over the years is how important, and in some cases fundamentally limiting, your listening room can be. Good kit in a great room can often sound way better than a great kit in a compromised space.
And how manufacturers specifications or reviewers measurements can/must often be thrown out the window once you combine a piece of gear together with components, wires and in a space that are different than where originally measured.
Oh, and how important power cords can be to overall system performance.
1. How much money some people are prepared to spend on components/cables/etc... - in the pursuit of "audio nirvana"
2. How much related knowledge some people have acquired about this obsession - thanks Almarg! - just one of many on Agon.
3. the frequency with which some people change components - like changing socks
Boofer - + 1 on the Nait - especially when you treat it to great cables :-)
I have the 5i mk II with the passive front end - amazing!
- I WAS considering the Supernait - thanks fro the info :-)