Regular readers of the refuge know that I’ve got a “thing” for audio and music, and that I’ve had some harsh comments regarding the poor quality audio that so many people tolerate these days in the name of convenience. But what of the other extreme? Who are the audiophile extremists? To what lengths will they go in their search for audio nirvana? Is 230,000 Euros enough, and what do they spend it on? Check out this short film of the Audiophile Club of Athens:
Up front, I’ve got no problem with someone spending six figures on their audio gear. Really. There are far worse ways to spend your money. Like being a Bush Pioneer, for example. And I can understand the desire to experience music on a very deep level. (It is interesting to note that many of the club members are filmed listening with their eyes closed. Many years ago I discovered the effectiveness of sensory deprivation and prefer critical listening in a completely darkened room.)
But any thinking observer of this film has to ask the question, “What do you get when you pay in excess of $300,000 for a home music system?” I’ll let you ponder this for a bit before I get back to it a little later. In the meantime, check out part one of Loudspeakers: Effects of amplifiers and cables, courtesy of Audio Design Line.