What Is Rational HIFi?

- Oct 19, 2020-

There is no such thing as a completely rational natural person. Anyone will behave irrationally more or less. But at least the direction and goal of rational HiFi is to eliminate the influence of non-sound factors as much as possible and pursue the sound itself, although many people claim and think they are doing this.


1. Don't blindly judge the sound based on the brand and the place of origin. HiFi, that is, consumers of products such as speakers and headphones are at the bottom of the asymmetry of information in the entire audio industry. Basically do not understand some development processes and supply chain relationships. Many propaganda and the information conveyed by the media are not necessarily true. Of course, this is not to say that manufacturers are "false propaganda", as long as they meet relevant laws and regulations, it is legal. But this does not mean that consumers understand the truth. Japanese brands may not necessarily be tuned by the Japanese, nor may they be made in France. Sometimes they are just semi-finished products made in China and shipped to France. However, it seems that many enthusiasts are very concerned about this and use it as a source of conversation. Even these factors may not necessarily be related to the final sound performance of the product.


2. Don't blindly talk about prices. In my opinion, this is essentially a consumerism problem, or at least consumerism accounts for a large part of the reason. Sound at a price exists in almost any audio-related products, but the current market situation is not necessarily related to the concept of sound at a price. The results of many surveys show that the earphone market is very chaotic, and the sound quality of earphones is weakly related to the price.


There are many reasons for this phenomenon. There are two main reasons in my opinion. Once a certain cost threshold is broken, the quality of the product will not be greatly improved, and this threshold is much lower for headphones than for speakers. The more critical point is that many audiophiles lack the most basic ability to evaluate sound. Some people think that some "headphone enthusiasts" have the ability to distinguish sounds, but I think the truth is the opposite. And this problem not only appears in audiophiles, but also in the domestic acoustic industry. This was mentioned in my earlier article. One of the typical problems is the evaluation of the sound field.


Listening ability has nothing to do with how much money you spend, or even how long you listen. For example, if you have been listening to headphones or a speaker system that is incorrectly positioned, it may not matter how long you listen, or you don’t understand something. The basic concept of the sound field. In most cases, the sound of different headphones and different speakers is different, but the difference in sound does not mean that there is improvement. It is the key to distinguish the sound quality.