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More succinct way of saying what I was hoping to communicate. Thanks!
 
Hi Ken,

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With utmost respect to all the extremely intelligent members of our society, I wonder why many of us are so anxious to have someone else listen to our systems. I don't think anyone really cares what someone else's system sounds like. Ken Green


I get what you are saying, and while I intensely enjoy the time that I spend in solitary listening to my own playback system, the fellowship aspect of this hobby is equally important to me...if not more so!

I enjoy listening to other folks systems for a number of reasons:
- I may hear something that I've been missing in mine or get ideas on how to improve my at home experience in ways I might never have thought of
- I almost always discover new music that I love while listening to other folk's systems and by having folks over to play their music on mine
- Opportunities to discuss what I'm hearing, both musically and technically with someone who cares just as much about fine music and excellent playback
- Providing encouragement and offering a sounding board to folks who are still trying to get their room setup in the best possible way
- Being completely blown away by systems that are far better than mine (hopefully while remaining content with what I've been able to accomplish in my own system--LOL)
- Introducing folks (especially in their teens or twenties) to the magical world of high performance sound reproduction. I know I'm deeply grateful to the guys who helped me get into this hobby many years ago when I was in my late teens, so I'm always looking for opportunities to do the same for the next generation
- And yes, it's always nice to receive positive feedback from someone's opinion who you respect, but also to receive frank suggestions on how to make things better

Being an audiophile would be a very lonely pursuit indeed if all we ever did was crawl into our own man caves and consume music alone. The joy of sharing and interacting with like-minded enthusiasts is what makes this hobby worth participating in for me!

The first year or so out here in California was pretty tough because I was so far away from my A-VCOA friends; however, now that I've also joined the San Francisco Audio Society (dual citizenship), I've been able to host listening sessions for many of the folks on the SFAS board and several other members as well. In addition, I've visited three member's homes to hear their systems (going to another one tomorrow), and I hope to make it out to the rest of the board member's homes by year's end. It's really a blast!

I've also been able to borrow interesting gear from visiting audiophiles, like the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC, for an extended evaluation in my own system, and I've been able to lend gear that I'm not using to help other folks with their evaluations. I know that many folks in the A-VCOA club are doing the same sorts of things, and I engage you to engage similarly if you are not doing so already.

Cheers and happy listening,
-- David
 
I find that listening to other systems, and others listening to mine, is one of the most important perks of being a member!  You learn from others, you exchange advice, and basically have (as David said) fellowship.  It is more than just the hardware or even the music.
 
With utmost respect to all the extremely intelligent members of our society, I wonder why many of us are so anxious to have someone else listen to our systems. I don't think anyone really cares what someone else's system sounds like. Ken Green
 
Most of us really enjoy playing music on our systems for follow enthusiasts or anyone we can talk into sitting still in the sweet spot for a few minutes. :)

I realized last night that I really should write down tracks that resonate with me and with visitors and also record the optimal playback volume setting so that I have a handy reference for recreating the experience for future shared listening sessions. To that end, I've created a simple Google Sheet to capture the information and expand over time. I chose Google Sheets because you don't need a computer to update the document...fairly easy to edit from my smartphone.

My next realization was that other folks are probably doing the same thing. If so, it would be interesting to see what tracks my audiophile friends are using to show off their systems since I might enjoy them too. Discovering new music and fellowship is one of the things I value most from A-VCOA membership.

So, if you have a gmail account, you're welcome to have a look at my reference tracks sheet (I'm really just getting started), and I'd love it if you would consider duplicating the template tab, renaming your copy appropriately, and adding some of your own reference track information so that we can all share, learn, and enjoy from each other. Here's the link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FbmAEl3lKtyPVk1WCEEI5Xl9BYALa_kVD76pW6QfFEA/edit?usp=sharing

Looking forward to seeing what you guys can add...and it will be a nice way to stay in touch with me out here in California. Cheers.
 
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