as is any hobby, its for self enjoyment, nothing more.
To repeat a time-worn cliche, it's more about the journey than the results :).
Not really. A lot of hobbies benefit other people. Hopefully I can make headphones at some point and do so with this hobby.
Can confirm making headphones and sharing with friends is way more fun than buying them and discussing online. Sometimes I'll mod cheapo headphones with buddies and hang out and chat. The social aspect has really gotten Fd by covid
I’m almost there just a few tweaks from having something I can share and be proud of and hopefully others will really enjoy.
Took you long enough... anyway, it’s a hobby so maybe the error is to take it real fucking seriously and argue with people like I’ve seen on here lately. Enjoy the ride and find prosocial meaning in other things or be more like Evan.
I would be so hype to hear a rhythmdevils modded planar, even some other modders sometimes cling too much to principles and take it too seriously. Experimenting with wacky and dumb ideas can lead to insight even if they fail
Also don't be like me be like Brent he is way cooler than me and has better taste in other things in life
LOL no. Agree with the first point though about clinging to bad ideas. It’s like functional fixedness, gotta try stuff out and think outside the box from time to time.
But really, there’s a bunch of research that shows that spending money (or doing something) on someone else makes people happier than spending on self.
For me, this hobby has a higher happiness ROI than anything else I've tried.
If it were just gear I'd have left this place after a few months. The trying new headphones/amps/DACs thing is fun but so is just hanging out and talking with people about shared passions.
What Lyander said. This hobby (ir any hobby) is more enjoyable when you get to connect with people about it
When ever I watch a youtube video on it. Zoom calls tend to be a place for me to find reason.
I think this hobby has become SBAF more than headphones for me. The combination of social and antisocial interactions is pretty fun. I like the community here - oddly, I didn't so much when I first landed. Kinda like some of my best friends - I didn't like them that much to start with. They grew on me, the bastards!
I occasionally see my gear and wonder why I'm into this stuff at all, why I have the gear I have instead of living with a $500 setup, etc... then I listen to the gear and it's all good again. Same for my other interests and hobbies.
We could also say everything in life is pointless or selfish, including other hobbies, work, money, learning, experiences, or even family and friends. We shuffle about for a few short years and can die at any given moment. Parents put kids here they have to go through the same journey of navigating a messed up world. People probably won't even remember or care about us (individually) in 50-100 years.
@penguins i think work done that benefits others or makes the world a better place to just be so much more meaningful. Or my artistic pursuits. But I’ve tried to walk away from this hobby many many times. And always come back so I’ve accepted it. I just don’t feel totally at peace with it. I guess I feel a little guilty or something when I look at all my headphones and rig.
*this includes socializing, family time, helping others, etc.
Of course, the above is said in a *hurr hurr i am very smrt hurr hurr* kind of way, but point being, I really do think most things in life are just what we make of them.
@E_Schaaf I’ve got 2 vintage large driver orthos done which I will send around where the’s interest and a T50rp which just needs a minor adjustment before sending it on tour. I thought it was done but you know how that goes...
Now I’m going to spend time very critically evaluating the 6 iem’s Soranik sent me for the benefit of all mankind.
I love my audio gear. It's therapeutic. I've always listened to lots of music. When I feel I've had enough I walk away a bit. More from the internet than the gear though.
It’s kind of like masterbating. Like it’s good and ok but not the real point or full potential of music.
Well, this place transformed the way I think about and listen to both gear and music. If all you knew about food was McDonald's...
Sometimes I glance at my set up and think, "This is pointless. It doesn't sound like a real orchestra or a pianist." But I can't buy an orchestra, or resurrect a great pianist. So, inside my house, recordings are as good as it's going to get.
I look at my setup and wish it was just an iPod and I didn’t care and played geetar instead. But then the iPod sounds like shit. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with gear.
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