Hobby, Hobby, Hobby?

Okay, maybe I'm being sensitive, but I don't consider my pursuit for musical perfection a hobby. This is a natural extention of my musical expression, education and critical analysis.

The playback system is a tool which allows me to hear deeper into one of the main driving forces in my life, "music". Do I get paid for listening. No, but sometimes I get paid for recording live performance. And, I record every performance I go to.

It seems to trivialize my passion when it is called a hobby. I know, I have had hobbies, coin collecting, stamp collecting and even now I make wine. But music, now that's not a hobby!

I suggest we strike the term "hobby" for our vocabulary when discuusing musical pursuits. Anybody feel the same?
Depends on what your involvment is. Too me its a hobby, avocation, whatever. To you its a passion (always) and a profession (sometimes). Use whatever term is accurate for your situation.
Ramstl, on this I must agree with what Swampwalker says. You are obviously into music in a more in-depth and sensitive manner than most of us. I love music and I enjoy upgrading equipment to obtain the sound I’m looking for. Since I’m also a part time musician, I’m picky about music I hear. If you ask my wife she will tell you for me it’s an EXPENSIVE hobby! YOU on the other hand (and others) are allowed to take it more seriously, and that’s OK with me :-)
You're probably right. Hobby doesn't seem to do this addiction justice. When I think of a hobby(even the word sounds kind of cheesy), I think of gardening, model building, playing golf or taking part in some other sport just for fun. It's like they say...it not a matter of life or death, it's much more serious than that! If you don't participate in the pursuit of the "Absolute Sound"(pardon my analogy), those looking from the outside will probably never understand. Hell, sometimes I don't understand. All I know is that this thing is something that I would never want to do without. I always get great pleasure from it. I can't remember the last time I've cursed when listening to music, but I can remember the last time I watched a 90 yd wedge shot wind up in the drink...Damn it!!
Usually, when I've engaged in a discussion with a less-audiophile-aware sort that's gone off into a figurative deep-end (and I'm really just a casual audiophile in the scheme of things), I will often defuse the situation and refer to it as a 'hobby' when they start giving me funny looks. That simple word is like my anchor that keeps the conversation from drifting into deep & uncharted waters. It's like "oh...OK it's a hobby." It seems that people can cut a lot of slack with this perception in mind. That aside, I am a very devoted music enthusiast/collector and I do play music as well so I take my music and it's reproduction devices quite seriously, but I do also consider my audiophile tinkering to be very much a hobby. And I don't think that's such a bad way to look at it...a 'hobby' is merely something which one adopts as a serious interest and devotes their time to with the hopes of expanding this interest and the inherent knowledge and pleasure that it brings.
The Cambridge International Dictionary definition of hobby is, "an activity which someone does for pleasure during the time that they are not working in a job". I don't think the word hobby trivializes the interest or passion we hold for music. But I do think it is natural for anyone to be sensitive about something they consider important. It may be true that those who do not, or cannot afford to, have a similar level of interest in something else will not understand such dedication. I am quite content calling this a hobby.
It's a *hobby* if it's something you enjoy doing for yourself that won't earn you a decent living and isn't likely to kill or maim you if you screw up.
It's an *avocation* if it's a necessary part of your well being and you define yourself by the activity.

I've had a number of intense *avocations* during my lifetime but only a few hobbies.
At the moment I'm inclined to call my involvement in audio a *hobby run amok*.

There is nothing inherently wrong with the word hobby. However, over time it has morphed into a word that marginalizes. As the Eskimo’s have many words to describe a snowflake so to should we have more than one or two words to describe this pursuit? To some it is a hobby, but to most, especially me, it is more!

And, you know what? I bet it is more than a hobby to most of us.

Good thread Ramstl, I've enjoyed reading the responses. For me, I've got to go with Swampwalker and Gallaine, it's a hobby to me. Having said that, I've sure had a hard time explaining the depth (obsessiveness) of my interest even to good friends. If you want to call it a passion or a "calling", that's cool with me, and I even understand. Cheers. Craig.

In addition to the main work related to music, although for me my work is a hobby, I am fond of sports. Sport takes up a big part of my life. I believe that if a person has a physically developed body, then he will be healthy and happy. It is very important to have a healthy back, excellent endurance, strong muscles. This allows people to lead a full life without being distracted by their own ailments and shortcomings. This is where sport helps us.Every evening I go for a run. While running, my mind rests. I see the goal that I have set for myself, I am confidently going towards it. My body is tired, but it is a pleasant, not exhausting fatigue. just now I started the training program from  https://bestbodyworkout.com/how-to-lose-chest-fat/ Sports give me strength and self-confidence. I love sports because I am confident in my physical abilities. Sport is health.

For some a hobby, for some an obsession and for others everything in between. And I think it can be whatever you want it to be. I mean for some it’s intertwined with their career, so hobby may not be the correct term. It should bring a level of enjoyment and positive enhancement to your life I think.. Perhaps we should not try to label it?

Another point of view is that one can loose perspective on the importance of audio or any interest. Once the interest becomes more important than other aspects of life that are clearly more significant and important, spouse, children, friends etc. then I think one has lost perspective in life. What is special, meaningful, spiritual and truly important gets lost.

To me, the 'hobby' part of this is buying and selling gear. Listening to music is no more a 'hobby' to me than reading books or watching movies, telly, or sports. 

’Hobby’ is the correct term for audiophiles, because in a hobby, you are never done.


It's a hobby that acts like a springboard to a lifestyle, if done correctly. Otherwise it can become an obsession or a fetish, which would be counterproductive, unless you're into that sort of thing.

All the best,

I see this hobby being like many hobby's. Take boating for example you buy a Sea Ray SLX 260 the 19ft and each year you desire the next size up. I think we call this 2 foot itis.....

But dang it is fun and  it keeps the Audio Dealer and the Boat Dealer employed.

For me right now I am quite happy with my system and for me it is about the music 100 watt itis. For now.  Sold my boat thank the lord the lakes are so low here but we are not fining dead people yet, like they are in Lake Mead. 

Yes,..er  the lakes are getting low. If they get any lower, I fear the people that laughed at my "hobby" are going to start showing up.




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    an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.


don't see what the problem is...