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Why I sold my main headphone system

post #1 of 82
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After getting several PMs from friends about why I put my beloved primary rig up for sale, I've decided I'm better off putting one clear answer here than trying to keep explaining it...

Some people have noticed with surprise that I put my fully modded Darkvoice and modded W5000s up for sale without warning. I'd like to say up-front that it has nothing to do with needing money or being unhappy with the sonic signature of the equipment. If things didn't work out this way, I'd be absolutely delighted to keep listening to that same sonic signature for years to come. The real problem stems from me no longer being able to enjoy listening to music on that system, regardless of the album, or my mood, or how I tweak the sound with mods. It has been itching at the back of my mind for a couple months now, but it was only a few days ago that I forced myself to actually take a step back and look at it seriously.

I've spent more hours than I could possibly count researching and working on the mods that went into my amp and headphones, probably more than I even want to think about. There was also a lot of stress behind the scenes in the process of getting this system put together, that I'm not going to go into details because it involves a few other Head-Fiers. At some point, which I don't know exactly, I began to equate listening to my system with the fatigue of spending all afternoon and evening listening for differences between mods. Even when I was listening solely to relax, I couldn't hear the music anymore, all I could hear was the sound.

It wasn't until I was experimenting with some mods on my DT801s and listening to the phones more extensively that I realized I wasn't enjoying my main system at all. Even listening to low quality music files through the headphone jack on my PC speakers was more enjoyable to me at that point. At first I thought it was that I had come across some special combination of mods that made my DT801s sound as good as my modded W5000s, but after a day or so of believing that I realized it wasn't actually the case.

Rather than spend a long time debating over whether or not to sell my main system that I worked so hard on, I figured it would be best to just get it gone as soon as I could and move on. I usually end up making rash decisions like this, and regret them right away, but this time I'm only becoming increasingly confident that it was the right decision. Even though the equipment is much cheaper, and not of my "preferred" sound signature, I'm enjoying music in a way I haven't in months.

In order to avoid getting caught up in the same situation again, I'm going to gradually reduce how much time I spend on these forums. I'm not completely leaving or anything, but I'm also not going to try to come up with more crazy things to do to my equipment either.

It was fun while it lasted.


Happy Listening,

Ryan 'Fitz'patrick
post #2 of 82
Wow, sad as it may seem I'm actually very happy for you! I went through that same craziness years ago. Now I have fun with my cheap setup and only worry about whether it sounds good for music, not whether it gets every ounce of detail or if I should use different cables. I seriously don't care. I'm too busy enjoying the music to care and I hope you are too, now.

Endlessly tweaking is all well and good as long as you don't lose sight of what it's all for. So, yes I'm very happy that you've come to the realisation that you were not having fun with tunes anymore on that rig. It's given you a fresh shot at enjoying music once more for what it is, not for testing or gear evaluations.

Welcome back
post #3 of 82
wow..I sold my main rig to finance speaker setup. Yes like you I am at a point where I really don't care how detailed, how much air around each instrument...etc..I just want the damn setup to sound good. IMO Harbeth is the shortest route to get off the hi end merry-go-round, and so are the Grover cables.
post #4 of 82
I've come to understand what you mean. but considering how Head-fi is, why would anyone come here to learn about sound? well, good luck in your future audio adventures....
post #5 of 82
i learned that very quick when i got into this hobby, doesn't matter how good it is. if its not my sound and it doesnt make me feel enjoyable then its not worth it. there are haedphones that has good details, but it causes fatigue, i don't keep it. if you kept forcing yourself to live by it, then it become an obsession.

for the last 4 days i've been using a $5 pc speakers and my mx500 earbud connected directly to the soundcard, while waiting for my new purchases to arrive. since my music is so good it doesn't matter, i'm enjoy the music not the sound.
post #6 of 82
Wow, I feel happy for you, and at the same time sad.
It's good to hear that you have again found the music.
It sad to hear what you went through in order to find it.

In my short time here on Head-fi I've experienced similar results. This site has a way of making you want to do those types of things. I think that you are now back on the right track! Your are not out of the woods just yet; however, keep up the good work, you can beat this affliction!
post #7 of 82
Good!
You kicked out a bad habit that made you nervous and unhappy.
Typical of addiction; you start something because it's rewarding, and keep on doing it long after it became a burden.
Where better electronics at first brought you closer to muysic, they now made it impossible to enjoy music.
It's a pity freeing you from this neurotic behavior involved getting rid of the system, but just forgetting about the system and enjoy the music obviously didn't work. Like an alcoholic cannot become a moderate social drinker but has to kick the habit entirely, at least for a long time.
Let that be a lesson for all of us...
post #8 of 82
I'm happy for you that you found peace with yourself despite the roundabout way you found it. One has to do what makes you happy. In the end, it's about the enjoyment of the music, and the endless tweaking can be a liability.

In my own journey, I don't see any point in going beyond my modest rig. Yes there are better headphone systems and money isn't really the issue here, it's just finding the place where I am comfortable, and can enjoy the music. I've been through many hobbies where spending more buys you technically better equipment, but there is more enjoyment in the simpler pleasures.
post #9 of 82
congrats on escaping The Curse! i don't think anyone will condemn you for a choice that's best for you in the long run. do what you have to and enjoy that music! and don't see it as a bad thing if you start stockpiling again in a more positive way in the future
post #10 of 82
Glad to hear that you haven't lost focus on what this hobby is really about, and that is to enjoy the music regardless of how good your gear is. I do have what I consider great gear for my main rig, but I'm never ashamed of and often do fire up my low buck portable gear and can enjoy hours of listening bliss without being analytical about the sound.
post #11 of 82
I think I should learn something from your experience. Lately, I've noticed I'm also putting in a lot of money and time into trying to mod my system instead of just trying to enjoy my system. Best of luck and enjoy your tunes!
post #12 of 82
Good for you.
post #13 of 82
Your story reminds of some people that spend tens of thousands of dollars on their system and then listen to one CD all the time to compare cables, cartridges, etc. They end up listening to the system and not to the music. To each his own I guess, but I think you're headed in the right direction. Now take all that money that you made and buy some great music and enjoy!
post #14 of 82
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Originally Posted by lohrm1@excite.co View Post
Your story reminds of some people that spend tens of thousands of dollars on their system and then listen to one CD all the time to compare cables, cartridges, etc. They end up listening to the system and not to the music. To each his own I guess, but I think you're headed in the right direction. Now take all that money that you made and buy some great music and enjoy!
Er, you're referring to Patrick82, right?

Fitz, you're still a part of Team Too Extreme Tweaking, of which the only other member I know is Patrick82. You must escape, before your lightbulb also breaks, figuratively and literally.

EDIT

Oh, you're no longer part of Team Too Extreme Tweaking. Congrats, the curse has been lifted.
post #15 of 82
I know what you mean. I listen to my cheap Logitech speakers off my laptop soundcard and my Insignias in the basement at least five times more frequently than my Senn's. For the most part of the day I don't really care about the hi-fi aspect, just as long as there is music playing I'm happy.

Be warned though, you will eventually miss those cans and venture into familiar territories again only to do it all over again. It WILL happen!
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