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1. Waiting till my mid-20's to "get into stereo". I wasted two good decades (and the two decades with my arguably "best hearing"). It was boomboxes, table radios, and MP3 downloads.

2. Waiting till my mid-20's to "get into music". My former motto had been "Anything old must be bad", I was a product of Mtv and corporate radio. I'm now just getting into music that I ignored in middle/highschool.

3. Selling/trading/throwing away old CDs. Sure I probably won't want to listen to Dinosaurs: Big Songs anytime soon, but every now and then I get the urge to listen to xxx and comb my collection before invariably remembering "Sh*t, I traded that in for a DVD 3 years ago!"

4. Buying a dedicated 2-channel rig about a month before the foster kid moves into that bedroom. Now I have nowhere to listen to it (too big for the bedroom, living-room is filled with 5.1 system).

5. Riding motorbikes for 9 years without dedicated hearing protection.

6. Spending lots of money on iTunes downloads, then later buying the CD and re-ripping the same music at a better bitrate.

7. Marrying a woman who loves pop-country.

Thats about all. I never really spent more than $12 on headphones before Head-Fi, and I read enough horror stories to not not want to repeat my stereo problem (overspending and then not using), so I've stayed with a simple pair of $35 Senns for a few months now (the most expensive cans I've ever owned).
post #78 of 241
1. Thinking that the UE-10's would rid me of this place for more than a few months
2. Thinking that a portable setup could replace my home setup
3. Spending $10 on UE-10 impressions at a general audiologist rather than $50 at an experienced one
4. Selling my micro dac
5. Spending more time thinking about what I want to buy than listening to music
6. Spending more money on equipment than music
7. Getting a credit card
8. Making almost every purchase without hearing it first
9. Selling all of my equipment, making the upgrade from UE-10's very expensive
10. Buying ER-4P's, which was a blessing and a curse that led me to all this madness
post #79 of 241
I don't have time to waste reading the rest of this pile of crap thread, but Welly, your first post is spot on. I agree with your findings and experiences pretty much 100%. I'm sorry you spent so much time and money before you came to those conclusions.
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Top Ten Mistakes

#10. Becoming a member of Head-fi.

#9. See #10

#8. See #10

#7. See #10

#6. See #10

#5. See #10

#4. See #10

#3. See #10

#2. See #10

#1. See #10




Well, if you are referring to one's financial health, that is.

-Ed
post #82 of 241
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Originally Posted by Rock&Roll Ninja

7. Marrying a woman who loves pop-country.

I'm sipping a bit of wine tonight while I listen and read the forums. I saw that and spit on my screen. MAN!!!! I laughed HARD!!!

My wife...pop-country fan...it's a disease with no cure. I love her but I fear she may infect my kids
post #83 of 241
I made one mistake:

1. Not buying the ksc-35's first.

Those are my main headphones now, I don't need anything better.
post #84 of 241
My biggest mistake right now is holding on to too many sources and headphones. FYI, I will be selling my SACDmods Sony SCD-C555ES and RAM MOD Musichall CD25.

You should go ahead and spend what you can afford. I stucked with the SACDmod C555ES and the stock SCD-777ES for over a year, thinking that I will be happy with both of them, but I actually don't. My used Audiomod SCD-777ES sound significantly better than my previous players and in the same level if not better than Meridian G-08 for significantly less.
post #85 of 241

Top Mistake: Becoming Enlightened.

Ignorance is bliss.

Enlightenment is expensive.
post #86 of 241
Welly Wu, it is refreshing to see someone breaking out of the hype cloud and speak in all frankness. Many of the abnormal phenomena you described simply take advantage of common psychological weaknesses of audiophiles. Audiophiles want exclusiveness, rareness, exoticness, absolutism, out-of-the-world experience and an enlightened path to audio perfection. The industry almost has to take advantage of these weaknesses to make healthy profits. Audio has not improved that much since the sixties. There almost has to be constant hyping to keep things going.

Anyway, my biggest mistakes are:

1. Thinking that one system can satisfy all kinds of music.
After all, hi-fi is all about the holy grail. One holy grail system should make all kinds of music sound like heaven. If it does not, it is because there are weaknesses. When everything is perfect, all kinds of music can be taken care of. REALLY?
It took me quite some time to realize, I want to hear classical music presented in a different way than rock music, and jazz in yet another way. Engineers use different microphones for different instruments, different environments and different music types. There is no "perfect microphone" for everything. Playback is the reverse of recording. Why should there be a perfect playback system for everything? Why shouldn't we choose to use different components depending on music types, like having a headphone just for rock and an amplifier just for jazz?

2. Spending too much time tweaking with speaker postitioning and sticking foams into the ports and masking the grille. Some fundamental flaws on inexpensive speakers just can't be corrected.

3. Hoping to convince myself how good my component is by reading reviews.
post #87 of 241
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Originally Posted by Ferbose
Welly Wu, it is refreshing to see someone breaking out of the hype cloud and speak in all frankness. Many of the abnormal phenomena you described simply take advantage of common psychological weaknesses of audiophiles. Audiophiles want exclusiveness, rareness, exoticness, absolutism, out-of-the-world experience and an enlightened path to audio perfection. The industry almost has to take advantage of these weaknesses to make healthy profits. Audio has not improved that much since the sixties. There almost has to be constant hyping to keep things going.

Anyway, my biggest mistakes are:

1. Thinking that one system can satisfy all kinds of music.
After all, hi-fi is all about the holy grail. One holy grail system should make all kinds of music sound like heaven. If it does not, it is because there are weaknesses. When everything is perfect, all kinds of music can be taken care of. REALLY?
It took me quite some time to realize, I want to hear classical music presented in a different way than rock music, and jazz in yet another way. Engineers use different microphones for different instruments, different environments and different music types. There is no "perfect microphone" for everything. Playback is the reverse of recording. Why should there be a perfect playback system for everything? Why shouldn't we choose to use different components depending on music types, like having a headphone just for rock and an amplifier just for jazz?

2. Spending too much time tweaking with speaker postitioning and sticking foams into the ports and masking the grille. Some fundamental flaws on inexpensive speakers just can't be corrected.

3. Hoping to convince myself how good my component is by reading reviews.
Haha, we've all done #3.

How do you like the dac-1 compared to the sonus central station (pm me the response I think, don't want to go off topic, just am looking at buying a benchmark dac-1 and looking for opinions.)
post #88 of 241
My biggest mistake is memorizing my credit card number.
post #89 of 241
One of my biggest mistake is inviting Mulveling over for a mini-meet almost a year ago (j/k) . Before that, I was perfectly happy with my setup Single Power SDS + SACDmods Sony SCD-C555ES and thought I was done with headfi, until Mike bought over his Meridian G-08 and L3000. Mike's L3000 and G-08 and my SDS was a match made in heaven....it best out my HD-650 w/ Zu w/o a problem.

A week later, I purchased a pair of L3000, thanks to Alex. A month later, Mike invited me over to listen to his W2002 + HA2002 combo and I ended up purchasing the HA2002 to go with my W2002 a month later.
post #90 of 241
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Originally Posted by Edwood
#10. Becoming a member of Head-fi.

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I would say the same, except that I was on my third pair of "real" headphones before coming to head-fi. So I guess my first mistake was simple curiosity, the second was joining head-fi, and the rest reference the first two.
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