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post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 

This is a support group to help us upgradaholics resist our urges to purchase more and more expensive equipment, even when it is an unwise decision. 

 

 

This is a safe place, and anybody who is struggling with an case of upgraditis can post it here. We fellow upgradaholics will try our best to help you resist it, or find a better choice. May we be successful in keeping your wallet full and happy. wink.gif


Edited by tzjin - 8/1/12 at 12:54am
post #2 of 44

I need help...

 

I never had the urge to spend absurd amounts of money until I joined head-fi.

 

Completely don't mind spending some money on something I want and don't have, but once I have something, I don't need another pair to fulfill the same function.  Audio? LOLZ. Good luck everything sounds amazing people review everything as if it was the second coming of christ. 

 

May the great voice of reason guide us...

 

Great...its headphone month on amazon...

post #3 of 44

I think the main problem is that relative to many hobbies, head-fi is actually cheap.  You can spend under $50 (or less) for an amp and headphones and legitimately claim to be into head-fi.  That low entry point sucks you in like a free taste of meth, and then the variety of gear at all price levels will let you start buying and upgrading and it quickly becomes a full-fledged hobby obsession.  Before you know what has happened, you have 4 amps, 3 dacs and a dozen different 'phones - and although each was well under $100 - now the $200-level gear is starting to look very interesting.  When you get above that level, all hope is lost.  You start pretending that you can sell some of the gear to pay for more gear - but that equation NEVER balances out.  But the WORST part is that no matter how much you stretch your budget, there is ALWAYS a group of head-fiers that are talking about how the next price level is FAR superior to anything you currently own.

 

I think there needs to be a thread with pictures of the ugly side of head-fi - the interest you pay on your monthly credit card bills, the old, beat-up car you are forced to drive because you can't afford a new one, the classes you flunk or jobs you lost because you spend all your time on the head-fi forums, the women/men you have lost because they couldn't understand how a pair of stupid headphones could be more important than caring for yourself or your family...

 

I say GET THEE BEHIND ME LUCIFER!  I feel good about my current headphones - I LIKE the way they sound.  I do NOT care what someone else says about them and I do NOT care about the new FOTM source, amp, dac, iem, portable or full-size cans.  I am happy, so, so very happy....

 

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post #4 of 44

Five minutes ago I ordered headphones I have no need for.

post #5 of 44

I say GET THEE BEHIND ME LUCIFER!  LMAO...

 

get thee off my head u skullcandy... i gonna beats...beats(!?)...beatss the crap out of u.

 

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my attempt at saving myself or rather my wallet is to descend to the hd600 and hopefully STAY THERE.

and tell myself the d7100 is ugly....

and the fostex900 is scratchable...

and the R10 is as good as my uptown.

 

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so far it IS WORKING.

somewhat...

 

i see vmoda100 in the horizon...omgggg

post #6 of 44
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by stevenlongs View Post

I need help...

 

I never had the urge to spend absurd amounts of money until I joined head-fi.

 

Completely don't mind spending some money on something I want and don't have, but once I have something, I don't need another pair to fulfill the same function.  Audio? LOLZ. Good luck everything sounds amazing people review everything as if it was the second coming of christ. 

 

May the great voice of reason guide us...

 

Great...its headphone month on amazon...



Remember back then when you could live with just the necessities of life. I miss those days, But I know I can't go back to the listening just through iBuds any more either.

 

 

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i see vmoda100 in the horizon...omgggg

 

Don't even get me started on the Heir Audio universals... Wood may just be my secret weakness.

post #7 of 44
Just go in deep lads. wink.gif

It's inevitable.
post #8 of 44
Why am I craving closed back cans when I got IEMs for that...WHY?
post #9 of 44

I definitely need to be apart of this. I have been waiting on my diymod for so long I've already planned to upgrade to the next thing and never having heard my diymod yet. 

 

I am mainly (primarily/only) a portable audio fiend. I don't have much if at all stuff you would consider for home use. Almost everything is meant for portable but can be used at home as well. 

 

I decided on getting the most expensive and best source I can get, which I believe is the Altmann Tera Player. I am currently saving up for it and hope I can get it sometime in the next century (probably in the next year). It seems that my social situation with everything involved in the forums and the things I do for the community (like the Aftermarket IEM Cable list in my signature) as well as started to work for an audio blog has meant that I get so many opportunities to try some of the latest and greatest, as well as talk to the people that make them in a setting that allows me to pick their brains. It's been loads of fun.

post #10 of 44
Thread Starter 

Do remember that you are going to have to rip all your tracks to .wav for the Tera-Player. For a portable player though, I don't think it can be beat in terms of size and SQ.

post #11 of 44

Gonna take this a little out of the context it was posted in to make an even more ridiculous point.

 

I realized accepted yesterday that I was going to be buying an LL + 009. Then I thought about other things this money could be going towards hobby wise...and realized Head-fi is actually cheap. 

 

There aren't many other hobbies that you can literally get the best of the best for under 10k (not counting source, but that's somewhat outside the realm of Head-fi). Not cars, not photography, not speakers, not computers, not art, not wine (or booze of any kind. Also...hobby and addiction go hand in hand here).

 

You get the point. Think about that UA...think about that...

 

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I think the main problem is that relative to many hobbies, head-fi is actually cheap.  

post #12 of 44

External hard drive went so I have to redo all my CD rips. Gonna add .wav to the list of formats I do with XLD

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Originally Posted by tzjin View Post

Do remember that you are going to have to rip all your tracks to .wav for the Tera-Player. For a portable player though, I don't think it can be beat in terms of size and SQ.

post #13 of 44

Be sure to upgrade to an external RAID, minimally RAID 1 (mirroring). Does that count toward "upgradaholicism?" 

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External hard drive went so I have to redo all my CD rips. Gonna add .wav to the list of formats I do with XLD

post #14 of 44

Thankfully at a young age (i'm still only 21) I invested in CD's. I have over 100 CD's. That's the ultimate backup.

 

I'm thinking of just using an SSD I have around. I was just gonna use it to store CD images, but I can't find any software to make an image and load it like a CD. I was going to get the Zalman ZM-VE300 which uses an external enclosure and the hard drive to mimic an external CD drive but it doesnt seem to work. Thank god I have one at work so I tested it out. would've been nice though

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Originally Posted by Rdr. Seraphim View Post

Be sure to upgrade to an external RAID, minimally RAID 1 (mirroring). Does that count toward "upgradaholicism?" 

post #15 of 44
I started my road to audiophilism I'd say 2 years ago as a big max when I first bought my pair of XB500.
In may 2011 I upgraded to the Bowers and Wilkins P5 after having joined here and reading reviews about them and such.
I kept those for a lengthy 10 months until March 2012 when I bought the Beyerdynamic T5p.
In May 2012 I bought both the Fiio E17 and Grado Sr325i.
Hit June and I bought both the AKG Q701 and Shure SE535.
Hit end of July/beginning of august and I just finished paying for the O2+ODAC with a pair of HD800 and a pair of LCD2 on the way
Of course I well off my older pairs as I go along, at this point I'll only be owning the LCD2 + HD800 + SE535 with the E17 for portable amping and the O2+ODAC for home use.
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