I love AD's article as it seemed spot on to me. I own no gear in Stereophile's recommended components, that I know of, ever and yet I love listening on y midland systems, and I have never begrudged any for owning expensive gear or, thought they were nutty or in need of serious help. Although I did write a "Phile" LTTE about that Crazy-Priced Rockport TT when it first appeared. Then the Continuum came out to really shut me up for good.
I enjoy each of my 4 very average systems every day and even enjoy when my friend post comments on some new expensive DAC or even a cable that cost more then my main system and enjoy what they tell me they hear, often on FB, I am grateful for the read.
I also love when Micheal Fremer reviews phono stages thet cost more than my first 3 houses and I'm pretty sure people who own them are enjoying their vinyl experience. Keep it up. I love Dr. Karl's writing and new SACD recommendations and JMR's newest recording project or new affordable gear finds. SM's entry level is perfect for new audiophiles and their interests.
I love A d's TT projects and always await his next attempt to,take turntable ignored, or at least forgotten about by the previous owner and make is something to be adored and used for its intended purpose, even in mono.
The woman remarked about in AD's piece may also be in the many 10s of thousands who eagerly await the next IPhone or IPad, maybe even standing inline to be one of the first "early adopters"' just like vinyl lovers who line up early at trade shows outside the vinyl sellers' booths. Passion is often good.
I think lining for an early phone purchase IS nutty. Whoops, I guess I am a snob. Not really. That phone thing I just don't get.
I lucked into a great find from our high sshool library where I teach Math...they gave away 61 brand new TDK and Maxell cassette tapes that no one else wanted...easily worth $200+ and never opened. They ranged from TDK "D" to mostly type II tapes and about 10 metal partical versions.
Since I've kept my Denon DRS-810 and a Technics RS-B48R in excellent condition I made a sample tape off both my Yamaha P-550 and from my Yamaha S-1800 DVD/SACD/DD-A/CD player and keeping the levels below 0 I was pleasantly surprised that for 1 7/8 ips, it sounded more then acceptable with Dolby C . Of course the cd was quieter, with greater HF extension, but I still fully enjoyed my cassette experience just as I do spinning my 3 TT's every day, and listening to 2496 files, including my own University recording in 2496.
I am not snobby about gear or what others enjoy and I am not snobby about formats, either. if it sounds good I am in. My life would be considerably emptier without music and the gear to play it on. Many would think what I've spent on gear nutty. I appreciate audiophiles and writers who have informed me along the way. I only regret that so many have missed this hobby and an opportunity to enjoy music in a better way with more involvement. Listening to music should not always be a "secondary" activity.
We Audiophiles are NOT snobs.