More often than not, I agree with Wes Phillips' point of view. As an example, I accept that Stephen has summed things up about as well as one can with his, "Listening to music. On the hi-fi."
Based on what appears in this forum, however, I have to part company with Wes when he says of those who participate in our hobby (As We See It - August), "We like being exclusive. We like being disputative. We just loves our arguments."
Where exclusivity is concerned, the reaction to newcomers' posts in the Entry Level segment shows just the opposite. Long time hobbyists, some with really fancy gear, are standing in line to offer thoughtful advice to beginners without a hint of condescension.
As for disputes, set aside one or two who seem to know no other form of discourse, and you find very little of what you could call argument here. On the contrary, there is a general tone of listening to different points of view and inquiring about details which might not be clearly understood. Those, for example, who have led the move to hard-disc based music storage are being listened to carefully by those of us who've lagged behind. That stems, I suggest, from the common characterstic Stephen has pointed to - listening. Those of us who really listen to the music on the hi fi are likely to listen to other points of view as well.
Listening is the key. We make it a point to listen - because we like to.
On the other hand, I guess this post means I've fallen into the trap of being disputative. Clever fellow, that Wes.