Recently, in the blog, I tried to write a little bit about the differences between listening to gear and listening to music. We come to this hobby from a love of music, but sometimes, it seems, that love becomes directed more towards the gear.
This, I find, is weird.
Later, talking about this with John Atkinson, I began to wonder if this transfer of love, this redirection of priorities from music to gear and back again, is an inherent struggle of our hobby, one that can never truly be balanced.
Monty said it best in his comment:
When I have one of those moments, I usually end up running through several discs trying to quantify the differences to be filed in my memory for later use. Then, I start playing tracks that I think will play toward the strengths and weaknesses. After anywhere from several hours to several days, I get back to listening for enjoyment only.
It's a disease.
So, I'm wondering: What's up with this? Is it a disease? And, if so, is there a cure for it? I'm guess I'm asking what we've asked several times before: Can we find happiness in this hobby? And, if we do: Then what?
I think commsysman might have achieved hi-fi happiness. And maybe that's why he hasn't been posting much lately.