Originally Posted by Clarkmc2
Really close to what I already have, but an 009 to keep company with my 007 would be nice. I suppose a super stat amp would be fun, but the improvement would be so marginal I might not be able to get excited about it. I have the best amps and speakers available to play music the way I want it played, and I am more than happy with my sources. Except for the new Stax, more money for equipment would gain me nothing.
Where the funds would come in handy would be buying more music. Show me how to buy a longer life to enjoy the music longer and you will really have my attention.
In the end, the problem with your question in my case is that swapping equipment around is not nearly as much fun as listening to great music. It takes time away from listening; I am a music lover much more than I am an audio equipment hobbyist. If it takes 50% of my time to gain 1% in sound quality, that is not time well spent for me personally. I should not have even posted this, sorry! I have been at this since the 1950s and I am so close to where I could ever want to be with this journey, I guess my opinion and experience is irrelevant to your thread.
In other words, the law of diminishing returns has rendered gear irrelevant for me. I hope you all get here someday!
Thanks for your reply.
For me, listening to music is the important thing; that is absolutely first and foremost above listening to equipment, which can be fun and interesting to a point, but in the end hearing audio equipment matters little to me in comparison to hearing music.
When I have mixed and matched between audio equipment, I have tended to listen to the equipment more and to the music in a different way, noticing details previously unheard to me, and that is OK. But if you want to enjoy the experience of a piece of music, listening to the music with the equipment you have now is the best and only way to go about it now.
I think it's OK to experiment with different audio equipment to get to know what different equipment sounds like if that's what you want to do; I guess that's the point of the equipment listening hobby. But if you want to listen to music, you just listen to the music with what you have. Your equipment may not be 'perfect' but it doesn't need to be for music to work its wonders.
For me, essentially as long as my equipment doesn't get in the way of the music and I can hear the music clearly, then more often than not the music takes me to that wonderful place that only music can. I understand that I'm fundamentally OK without having the 'perfect' audio rig and also enjoy what I have. Having a 'top-tier' audio rig is a bonus, that I would gratefully accept though. :-)
I wish you health and longevity to enjoy music through your rig!
P.S. I've heard that raw-foodism, exercise, and having a meaningful life all contribute towards longevity. But we never know what's gonna happen, so here's to enjoying life NOW.
Edited by Windsor - 5/8/12 at 11:00pm