Letters to the Editor

[a dramatization]
Subject: A Question

Hey Michael,

Based on your review, I’m listening to the XXX on trial and it is by far the best sounding XXX I’ve heard. Nothing else has come close! I can’t stop listening!

And the price is well within my budget! How often does that happen? I’m blown away.

My question: What else should I listen to?

Mr. Audiophile

I get it. The last thing any of us want is to buy something only to come to learn we should have bought something else. I’ve had this experience with beer and potato chips.

Have you ever been in a relationship? If so, imagine if you come to learn that your significant other has been looking for a better partner the entire time. Ouch.

That’s what it’s like to be this kind of audiophile. Never content with what’s in house, always looking for the next best thing. The trouble with this approach — you are never content. Ever.

One of the underlying assumptions made by the there’s-something-better-phile is its the sole responsibility of the other to bestow contentedness. I’m not happy, it must be your fault. It must be the DAC.

Dear Mr. Audiophile,

I am very happy to hear you are enjoying the XXX. Based on everything you’ve said, there’s nothing else to listen to.

My advice is to spend the next 10 years listening to as much music as time allows. If at any point during these 10 years you find yourself becoming less interested in listening to music, try listening to music you’ve never heard before. Give this approach another 10 years.

If after all this time you find yourself becoming less interested in listening to music, do something else.