There are many and varied ways to read about the audiophile hobby. Most obvious are print magazines and the numerous web sites that are available. By rough count there are somewhere between seventy-five and one hundred audiophile web sites in the US and Canada alone. More still in Europe. So the dissemination of audiophile information is very much alive and well. As are the comments and voiced opinions of those who read the web sites.
One of the enjoyable things about posting a comment about something written on the Internet is that the reader can actually, instantly, submit their opinion. If you read a book or magazine and you agree or disagree with the opinion of the writer, it is far more difficult to express your viewpoint. There are, of course, letters to the editor but they may easily be ignored and usually never reach the public. Online is quite different because an immediate reply to something may be provided for everyone to read.
As an audiophile and contributor to Audiophile Review, I enjoy reading a variety of industry web sites and the accompanying comment sections. Some of the comments are very insightful, very well written and highly technical responses by obviously learned individuals. Some comments are perfect illustrations of something so ridiculous that it hardly merits any notice. I do find it quite surprising that so few people ever seem to proofread what they have written. Because anyone who writes some bizarre comment about anything looks more ignorant still when they are unable to spell or punctuate a sentence.
I once read a comment to a cable review where the respondent was using a drop cord from Home Depot for speaker cables, and sump pump basins for sub woofer enclosures. I suppose to each his own- despite the skepticism I have in how some such arrangement must sound. However, the writer is certainly free to voice an opinion about how he prefers his sound system and what makes him happy. Still, I highly doubt many audiophiles considering sub woofers will seriously look to sump pump basins and drop cords.
I read another Internet article I found quite interesting. It was an online poll about the favorite musical format- CD, MP3, LP, SACD, and so on. The participants in the poll left quite a few comments. One of the comments really got me thinking. In part it read, "If there is one thing that audiophiles are really bad at its understanding that you have to provide more than good sound to really succeed. You have to provide good looking products with the best end to end experience possible." I find this comment totally amazing. He was basically extolling the virtues of Spotify and iTunes and accused the various formats as being too inconvenient. He further felt like downloading music was antiquated and the future was in handheld devices. Is this truly the opinion and viewpoint of the average non audiophile?