common mistakes audiophiles make

9 Common Mistakes Audiophiles Should Avoid – Noisylabs

1. No Product Is The Best

Technology is always changing. What is new today will be ancient 10-15 years from now. 

Not only that, but the speed of technology will only speed up. One technological innovation will create more innovation. Bluetooth speakers, sound systems, and other electrical equipment are no exception.

Technology builds more technology. We're stacking things up together. Same things applies to musicians. Musicians need team members to build them up until they can hit the main stage.

It's all about finding what works for you. Find out what product you want and stick with it. There are always going to be tradeoffs until a speaker dominates the market. But that hasn't happened yet.

2. Break Your Equipment In

Just like you have to break in shoes, you have to break in your equipment. Equipment doesn't come out ready to go right away. The break-in period is 2-3 hours.

You have to break them in because there are moving parts in the speaker which haven't been used before.

A couple examples are the surround and spider. Breaking in your equipment is exactly like stretching and warming up before exercising. You want to get everything loose before you go full-throttle.

The best way to break in a speaker is to play music which offers a dynamic range. Songs that have heavy bass and high tones will do it. Think of a hip-hop song where the artist is singing.

3. Ignore Audiophile Snobs

If there's one lesson you take away from this, it should be to not listen to audio snobs. A lot of their complaints comes down to preference. You should judge a product on what it's intended to do.

Don't judge something else by someone else's standards. Don't feel bad when an audiophile snob doesn't like something just because they have something different.

It all comes down to preference. And sometimes an audiophile's preference will differ from yours.

4. Price Doesn't Equal Quality

You need to look into companies who have a track record of putting quality products out. This is where one of our reviews come in handy.

There are ways to evaluate a good company to buy from. Besides reviews, look at how they distribute their products. Understand how they market. Word-of-mouth will always be the strongest indicator of a good product.

But it's important to remember smaller brands can have quality products. Even if they aren't mainstream, you can tell how much demand they generate on marketplaces like Ebay.

If it sells out quick, you have your answer. But another important factor is to put your money in categories that hold value over a long period of time.

A couple examples of this are power amps and traditional stereo amps. High-end digital components in contrast hold less value over time. This is because technological changes make them outdated.

5. Compare Systems With The Same Record

The best way to compare systems is to listen to both with the same song. That way you can compare bass, tonality, treble, and more.

Using the same song also gives you a benchmark of how the song should sound. Using a different record will taint your perception of what's right.

6. Keep An Open Mind

Just as products are ever-changing, it's important to keep up with the changes.

Understanding new trends and products in the audiophile community will help you build the best sound system. But it's also important to keep an open mind to ideas which seem absurd.

If you think it sounds crazy, but don't know why, do some research to see if it actually makes sense to try out.

This is how great ideas are sparked.

7. Buy Second Hand

Price doesn't equal quality, and second hand doesn't mean bad. Look for equipment in online marketplaces and local shops. Local shops will have equipment you've never seen before. This is where hidden gems are found.

The owner will also be able to answer specific questions you'll have. This is a huge advantage compared to online marketplaces. Second hand equipment have inherent value besides its intended use.

To clarify, it has a higher chance of being worth something in the future if you consider selling it again. That's where its other type of value is.

8. Judge By Yourself

Everybody listens to advice. But everybody doesn't take that advice and weigh out the options individually.

In addition, people ask for advice just to confirm their decision.

The key is to listen and read everything you can about the product. Then reflect on what you've learned and make your decision. But listening and reading aren't the best options.

You need to experience the product.

9. Listen To The Music

Reading all the reviews on a product is a form of marketing. Sometimes companies pay big money to reviewers to say positive comments. One example from the top of our head is TikTok. For those who don't know, TikTok is a social media app for short musical and comedy videos.

Point is, TikTok pays big dollars for content creators. Some of their content isn't from organic users. The features you hear about a product is cherry-picked to make the product better than it is. .

Your best bet to figure out what works for you is to listen to the music on the system. That's the best way to see if it sounds good.

This is the ultimate indicator to know if a sound system is good or not.

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