How much do you rely on others for audio advice? Please tell us who you listen to.

How much do you rely on others for audio advice? Please tell us who you listen to.
I rely heavily on others
11% (15 votes)
I seek a moderate amount of advice
48% (66 votes)
Just a little help
26% (36 votes)
Very rarely do I seek advice
12% (17 votes)
I never ask for advice
2% (3 votes)
Total votes: 137

Audio experts can come in all shapes and sizes: a great dealer, an audiophile friend or relative, an audio consultant---even a magazine writer. How much do you value their opinions?

M.D.  Chubb's picture

After reading Stereophile and other lesser publications for the last decade, what advice could I need? Now most people ask ME for advice. They don't always take it, but they do ask (or do I just tell them?).

Carlos_E's picture

I ask the opinion of others but I let my ears be my guide.

Joe Ferrente's picture

I have a great dealer, John Rutan of the Audio Connection, who has a great ear and is incredibly concerned with helping me get the best sound from my system. He has installed every piece of equipment that I own, whether I bought it from him or not. He has also kept me from spending money on useless tweaks and upgrades, and he remains dedicated to helping his customers get the best possible sound quality from the equipment they own. He also takes the time to make sure that the equipment you buy works well with the equipment that you already own, a rarity among high-end professionals.

Pauli Peura's picture

I think it is important to have someone helping you, especially in a hobby like hi-fi.

Ken S.'s picture

In spite of all I think I know, I value the advice and opinions of friends and "experts." Ultimately, I make the final decision on what makes pleasing music for me . . .

Anonymous's picture

I value the comments of better reviewers because they have the opportunity to expose themselves to an enormous variety of equipment under usually very good conditions. Hence they can get quite a good sense of a product's relative value and relative capability. Those are two primary questions for me when evaluating a purchasing decision.

Anonymous's picture

The magazines of course are my major source of audio advice Magazines include Stereophile/TAS.

Svein's picture

I value a small number of magazine writers. Martin Colloms and Paul Messenger are the two I value the most. They writes honest.

Scot Forier's picture

Sometimes you just have to ask for some help, but that takes most of the fun out of this hobby.

Rob P., Gettysburg, PA's picture

Living in a rural area, I rely on the printed word to direct my search for new components and music. Once in a dealership, I will ask for input from a knowledgeable group of sales reps.

Nicholas Wybolt's picture

The toughest aspect of getting good advice (for me) is identifying sources whose value chains are aligned with mine. To make matters worse, this is typically a trial-and-error process. I trust my ears over all else.

Clay S.'s picture

I'm only 20 years old and I know more about audio than anyone one I know or have met, so there's no need to ask for advice.

Anonymous's picture

It makes no sense not to seek some advice, no one can know it all.

Peter Randell's picture

I rely mainly on magazine reviews.

David L.  Wyatt, Jr.'s picture

Experts can point out products I might want to hear. But they can have their delusions---Shun Mook is proof of that. I buy for and with my ears. Nobody else can do the job for me but me.

Graeme Nattress's picture

I've had bad advice from mags in the past, which I've happily ignored. So now I trust my own ears. I like mags for ideas more than opinions.

Paul Houston's picture

I work for a living. I don't have the time or the inclination to spend traveling to audition equipment.

Charles Purvis Kelly, Jr.'s picture

Even though I see myself as a knowledgeable audiophile, I have come to the conclusion that even the most knowledgeable among us do not know everything, and sometimes even we seek advice/opinions from others. For any audiophile, it's a natural way of life. Should've seen me 16 years ago.

Brent's picture

With the vast amount of equipment available, I find it extremely helpful to receive expert guidance with respect to equipment choices. The next step, of course, is too listen to yourself to recommended equipment.

Ron Gamble's picture

Usually rely on magazine or net equipment reviews and discussion with audio store sales people.

Brent Tucker's picture

I have learned over the years: it is better to listen for yourself.

Nate L's picture

I value an audio expert's opinions as much as that expert respects my sensibilities. Sometimes that means that I value the opinion, but more often then not I can not pay any credence to the opinions of an expert. There is one exception---the only audio experts I unfailingly trust are my two ears. They will lie to me far less than anyone else.

Jeff Gillan's picture

I have a great audio dealer who helps me with my sound system.

Ross Freeman's picture

I ask others for brands and products I should listen to, then I evaluate the products for myself.

Ross Freeman's picture

I ask others for brands and products they like, then I evaluate these products for myself.

Barry Peters's picture

I get "some" advice, but then I listen! That is the true test.

Bruce W.'s picture

Since I work every day as an A/V engineer, I do take the advice of others in the field very seriously. But when it comes to a final decision, I let my ears and a LOT of research be my most influential guides.

Tony Esporma's picture

I find that TAS and Stereophile are good starting points. But ultimately it's my ears and my seats at OCPAC, L32-33, mid-orchestra.

Avid Reader's picture

ADVICE!! No thanks, I have two ears..

The Geen-ius.'s picture

Nah, never ask for a second opinion, because I are practically a geenuis to begin with. MP3's and 8-track tapes are the way ta-go man! (you're welcome)