[Community of A/V Enthusiasts]
If you've been into this hobby long enough, you've had the need or desire to UPGRADE. You might want to move from a receiver to separates. From bookshelves to floor standers. Or you might think you need an amp that will dim the lights in half the neighborhood. Whatever the reason the purpose is to improve what you hear. But how do you know when you get there? And when you do, do you go through a kind of withdrawal since you're not shopping any more.
Well, I'm there. I asked on this forum some time ago about mono block amps. And I'm sure they will take me to another level. But at what price? I've been to a few auditions where the latest and greatest are on display. I'll be going to one next week to hear a new speaker from Marten, the Django. I listen everyday and everyday I can't believe how lucky I am to have something like this. I still read about all of the new stuff and the breakthroughs and new technologies, but for now and for the foreseeable future, I'm done.
I started in this when I was seventeen and now have four grandsons. I've been at it a while. The room I set up when we moved into this house has as much to do with the sound as the gear. When the needle drops a wall size mural appears. Close you eyes and you see where everyone is. Open your eyes and there still there. My room is Heaven.
What about you guys? Anybody else there yet?
Like Steve, I've been involved in HiFi since my teens and though I've never reached sound nirvana, I've put togeather a system that's nice to listen to and allows me to enjoy my music. Of course there are still upgrades I'd love to make, but The increase in enjoyment probably will never justify the expense. I'm pretty happy with what I've got.I find i'm still investing more in media than equipment. You never have enough music.
OK, I know I said I was done with upgrading. But a fellow music lover I met at the record store was telling me about his setup. Well to make a long story short, I told him that if I did make any changes I would add a new preamp. He brought over his Cary slp-03. I've changed my mind. I'm researching tube preamps. I may put my Anthem up for sale. Damn. Here we go again.
It never ends.
Viva la audiophilia!