Published: Sept. 9, 2021
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Most people have met an audiophile, encountering weird monolithic speakers, glowing amplifiers, or a vipers’ nest of cables. What seems like mere fetishism from the outside is actually a complicated crossroads of acoustics, technological devices, engineering, aesthetic evaluation, consumerism, psychological habits — and philosophical assumptions. This talk looks at several debates that seem to lay innocuously at the surface of the hifi hobby but which have, he argues, deeper roots.