Originally Posted by Uncle Erik
I bought nothing in 2011. No gear at all.
Instead, I used
what I have and finally dug into all those discs I bought and had no time to listen to.
This made me a lot happier than when I was chasing gear. A lot happier.
When you stop caring about upgrades or trying the latest'n'greatest you can simply enjoy the music. Thanks to a nice pair of speakers, I have music playing most of the time I'm home. Again, it makes me really happy.
2012 will be a little different. The pieces are almost together so I can get through the eight or nine boxes of DIY parts. There will be a lot more gear. I'll evaluate everything and - finally - strip down to a few amps and a few headphones.
Another major goal is to case and finish the DAC, then buying a new computer and ripping everything to lossless. A music server is the solution to the pile of silver discs.
I also need to put my pile of aluminum extrusions to use and build a rack that will hold everything.
You've certainly earned the right to enjoyment. I had to start over a few years back from scratch due to lifestyle changes. I bought my first tube amp in Summer 2010 and it brought me so much joy. Although I enjoy the rush and the hype that comes along with the chase, I've long been tempered by having worked in retail and manufacturing for Home/Car Audio.
And I understand my own emotions - I know how to live in the moment, whether it's a well stocked Studio or a Studio apartment with a portable. I really would love to start the DIY process, have never made anything audio. I think it would be very good for my soul. So for me, that's next while I enjoy music along the way.
Edited by Silent One - 11/10/11 at 12:02am