Are music and the hifi equipment two separate things?
This is a quote from another thread:
You make a valid and very interesting point there Jim. For me the interest in hifi equipment and my love of actually listening to the music are two completely separate things.
Speaking as an amateur as far as understanding the equiptment is concerned I find it fascinating learning about how things like speakers, amplifiers, digital audio and even cables ( ) work. But on the other hand when I'm actually listening to the music I rarely think about any of those things, I just enjoy the music for what it is. In fact part of the reason why I bought an 'all in one' hifi system is because it allows me to just sit back and enjoy the music without feeling the need to keep tweeking the system.
When I'm not at home I often listen to music on a little £12 portable speaker plugged into an MP3 player. I find that even though the sound quality isn't anywhere near as good as the proper hifi system I still enjoy listening to music just as much.
It's similar to other things like cars. I enjoy reading about cars because I like to understand things like engines, differentials and how different materials work. I also enjoy driving but when I'm sitting behind the wheel I rarely consider the mechanical side of what's happening, I just enjoy the experience.
What are your opinions on this?
What do you enjoy the most? The music, the equipment or both?
Are they two separate things for you or part of the same thing?