Chances are at some stage you’ll have walked into a HiFi shop innocently browsing at the latest and greatest gear on display, when along comes Mr Salesperson, eager to program his knowledge directly into your weary and unsuspecting brain.
It starts thus: “I’ve got a Sansui amplifier, and Thorn Ambiosonic speakers along with a Funai cd player, and my cabling is black and red bellrip I found in an abandoned building back in ’75”.
What happens next is an automatic response of sarcastic smirking, followed by that ‘you really don’t have a clue, do you’ look of unbridled snobbish superiority.
Nothing you can do will placate the guy, or re-inflate your sense of worthiness.
So once humiliated, the only alternative is to back out the way you came in avoiding any eye contact with the chuckling salesperson – never to return.
It’s an exaggerated scenario of course, but there is a definite seam of HiFi penis envy amongst some audiophiles.
The trick is to not get yourself wound up in audio snobbery, and there is one extremely good reason for it.
Your ears do not lie.
The components in your system may not be the latest and greatest or have double-barreled names, but if the system works together in your room and delights you, well it’s the perfect system for you.
Of course if you are looking for improvements take on the salesman’s advice, but it pays to shop around and visit other dealers and importantly: always take your own music with you when auditioning equipment.
Luckily the days of the audio snob are in decline and most dealers employ great staff with genuine passion and knowledge, but never forget reason number 2: it’s all about the music, not the equipment!