Oh Really, Moments

AR-ohrlly.jpegDuring the many years I've been attending audiophile gatherings I've had many "Oh Really?" moments, when all you can do is nod, smile, mumble, and think, "Oh Really, do you actually believe the tripe you're spouting?"

But no expression pegs my "Oh Really" meter quicker than the phrase, "blows away." Often used in the following sentence, "The Blah Blah amplifier blows away the Bling Bling amp." When I hear this I figure either the Bling Bling was a total POS or the Blah Blah was being experienced by someone who in their immediate past has only listened to broken Bling Blings.

In this day and age the sonic gap between gold-plated ultra-fi and high-performance enthusiast gear has been reduced from the gapping chasm of the 70's and 80's to a space just wide enough for a bedbug to snuggle into. Does everything sound the same? Hell No! But the audible differences are far less obvious than twenty years ago when one component could conceivably be THAT much better than the competition. Today even $35.00 speakers can sound decent.

So I humbly request that before you, or any of your audiophile friends are tempted to use the phrase, "blows away," substitute a more appropriate phrase, such as "edges out" or "noticeably better" instead.

If you do, I'll be far more likely to believe you.

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