Senior HTF Member
- Apr 9, 2000
Ever notice that 95% of the HiRes Highway members (Audioasylum's sacd haven) constantly put down surround music? Ever checked out their systems? Usually mega-buck stereo rigs tweaked all to hell. I'll bet adding three more channels of amplification, speakers & a subwoofer scares the dog doo out of them.I'm sure it scares the dog-doo out of their accountants and spouses!
But the rest of your commentary reeks of resentiment. There's a very large contingent of self-proclaimed audiophiles, on AA and elsewhere, that love the possibilities of surround music. Give them a DVD-A from Silverline and they'll rightly put it down, of course, but that's different than suggesting that they "put down" the very idea and promise of surround music. And to suggest that 95% of them do so is simply false in my experience. I haven't taken a census, but then I doubt you have either. But since we're defining everything in terms of percentages, I guess I disagree with you by a factor of 71% (a number I, admittedly, pulled right out of my ass).
Also, you seem to be assuming that these "mega-buck stereo rigs tweaked all to hell" don't actually sound very, very nice indeed, that somehow they're little more than chrome-plated, jewel-bedecked versions of your average home-theater-in-a-box. If you really believe that a budget Boston Acoustics surround setup with a Yammie receiver will best a two-channel system consisting of, say, VA Mahlers driven with a two-channel Halcro amp (or probably any of a gazillion comparable or more expensive setups that I haven't had the pleasure of hearing), then you're simply dreaming. There is no comparison.
In my experience, the vast majority of so called "audiophiles" are as excited as we are by the promise of surround music. But that promise has yet to be fully realized. Watch out now, for I intend to coin a phrase:
For every Chesky, there's a Silverline.