Can audiophiles talk about music or can they only talk about the sound of music?
Here in the official cubicle of Stereophile (see our facebook page for plenty of pics of happenings in this cubicle), we ponder why in a community so built on the very foundation of listening to music, why the practice of talking about the music is either limited to the discussion of sound of the music or preference and personal history rather than the musical elements of a performance: energy, composition, innovation, technicality, history, and discussion of the creation process.
I guess the question i'm really trying to ask refers to an earlier post at some point by Buddha in these forums. He criticized (whether seriously or not), the "its all about the music" positioning of writers and companies. How much of this hi-fi game is really all about the music for you? Please note, the question is not: "do you love sound more than music?" I'm pretty sure most of the people who 'listen' on a regular basis, most likely do love music. But when listening to your hi-fi, what do you love more: the sound or the music?
I know for me, I enjoy my hi-fi for the sound. I love the sounds of instruments and their collaborations. I dont listen to my hi-fi for the music b/c i can do that anywhere from the gym to the subway to my bed with my laptop.