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The Audio Community is a Hot Mess!!!

Updated: Apr 25

I am concerned! Very concerned!!

This view is NOT pointed at anyone in particular but at the audio community as a whole.

The audio community is a hot mess! YouTube, Discord, Patreon, websites and open forums; I have had no option but to leave many of them. Sadly, a lot of them have chosen to be toxic with attacking, bullying and full of content that is just disgusting and embarrassing for the audio community. I know that we all have varying opinions and impressions and experiences but we should be respectful and kind to all.

The audio universe is vast and has insane amounts of paths to venture down. Just because someone is on another path or jumps from different paths randomly; doesn't mean that they are fresh meat for attacking or bullying. We all have our favorite shopping sites, audio forums, Discord servers, YouTube channels, music streaming services, music management programs, brands, music genres and artists but just because someone else likes it and you don't; doesn't mean they are wrong and you are right.

There are various styles of reviewing and giving impressions that are out and about on YouTube, forums and servers. Just because the reviewer doesn't have the same experience as you, the ability to demo or purchase gear or reviews differently than you prefer, or compares products to another product you don't think is relevant, doesn't immediately open them up to your criticism. You should give some time and thought and try to get to know and understand the content creator before making a judgment. A lot of reviewers fund their own channels and have limited financing. We all, reviewers and viewers, are on different levels of ability, experience, budget, interests, lifestyle and it should all be accepted and respected. Whether you agree or disagree with a review, it should garner the same type of response that is kind, thoughtful and constructive.

Do and say unto others as you would have them do and say to you!

There is NO place ANYWHERE in the audio community for attacking someone because of age, weight, looks, preferences, abilities, style, gear, music or budget!

Bullying and cyberbullying are dangerous and hateful, sadly it is prominent in our audio community. If you can't say something nice, really consider what you're wanting to say before opening your mouth. I implore you all to highly consider your actions and words before the keyboard warrior rants or vocal flame burner moments.

As for my fellow reviewers, live streamers, audio channels; why attack other audio reviewers, live streamers and audio channels publicly? All you end up looking and sounding like is a pompous, know-it-all jerk. Pounding your thoughts and opinions out about bias, subjectivity, objectivity and the finer details about audio is fine to do, but please do it in an appropriate manner that is constructive; not tearing down others and causing divides among the audio community.

Reviewers, live streamers and audio channels that have been partaking in this behavior should be ashamed because all you are doing is making yourself look like a know-it all, snob. YOU ARE NOT BETTER; you are NOT helping the audio community to grow and understand.

Those who subscribe to these channels and partake in such activities; you should be ashamed as well and should consider your reasons. Participation in these sorts of actions shows your true intentions.

I don't care an inch how much gear you have heard, how many reviews you've done, heard or watched; if you are a loud mouth, know-it-all, pompous jerk, snob when you are talking about it; I won't listen or participate!

When you say that a channel shouldn’t be watched, taken seriously or they should be ignored because the content creator is not as educated or knowledgeable as yourself, not objective, too subjective or is this or that based on your own list of criteria; I am disregarding your arrogant opinion.

When you say that you are better than this person because you've heard more gear, own better gear or own some rare hard to obtain gear for the majority, and that they should be ignored because they aren’t you; I am disregarding your arrogant opinion.

When you make snide, disrespectful, misinformed content about content creators affiliations, collaborations, monetization and how all that impacts their sincerity and honesty; I will disregard your personal bias opinion.

Treating others like they are trash and all of their gear is trash because it isn't as good as yours or doesn’t measure and graph to your objective requirement is a horrible way to treat others in the audio community.

Being judgmental and hateful is destructive not constructive.

Music is for enjoyment. Music can be enjoyed on everything that plays music in some way or other.

Let's get back to being what the audio community is built upon; enjoyment of music, enjoyment of hearing others' experiences and exploring gear that you can afford.

Open your minds and ears to love people and the enjoyment of music; instead of being a biased, know-it-all, pompous prick that only cares about yourself because nothing else matters.

Get over yourself and start enjoying life as an audiophile by enjoying the experience with the community.

I implore the audio know-it-all snobs to try some true budget gear and see if you can find a gem or two; you may be surprised.


We all have feelings, thoughts, opinions, preferences and everyone reacts differently so be aware of your words and actions, please consider them before posting, chatting or voicing on a livestream, in a review or on a forum or server.

Remember to enjoy the music and that honesty is the best policy!

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Sinne Eeg “We’ve Just Begun” - multiple layer soundstage

Molly Johnson “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” - female vocal tone

Leslie Odom Jr. “Under Pressure” - male vocal tone

Eric Clapton “Change the World” - soundstage, layering and placement

Yo Yo Ma “Ecstasy of Gold” - acoustic instrument timbre

Adam Baldych “Spem in Alium” - acoustic instrument timbre

Pain of Salvation “Stress” - bass and percussion balance

Michael Buble “When I Fall in Love” - orchestral dynamics

Patricia Barber “Code Cool” - sibilance check

Christian Scott “New New Orleans” - shouty upper mids

Tool “Chocolate Chip Trip” - imaging

Hans Zimmer “Why So Serious” - sub bass extension

Marcus Miller “No Limit” - bass control

Dave Holland Quartet “Conference Of The Birds”- bass check

Ilhan Eshkeri “47 Ronin”- orchestra and bass dynamics

Hans Zimmer: “2049” - sub bass extension

Cher: “Believe” - sibilance

Stanley Clarke - “Passenger 57 main title” - percussion, bass, separation and placement

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra - “The Pine of the Appian Way” - soundstage, imaging, separation, dynamic range

Houston Person - “You are my Sunshine” - tone and timbre

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Hiep Le
Hiep Le
04 ก.พ. 2566

I think 154 views are not enough, maybe x100 should be good. I've seen many nice people in this audio community, but some of them lack something called "Respect" seriously.

08 พ.ค. 2566

Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated.

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