Yeah, I wont be moving until mid next year.
I think part of what is drawing me to speakers is the fact that they are so uncompromising, sort of like what I was yammering on about with regard to the Muramasa. When you get a pair of headphones, it's fun to imagine it's like meeting a new person. With speakers... it's kind of like getting married lol. It's a huge commitment, and they invade your personal space.
I like seeing how various considerations and factors "shape" something. In headphones and in IEMs, those boundaries and goals shape them in this way or that way, and with speakers it's another way. I guess that goes back to cabinet and driver design too: seeing how these acoustic and aesthetic goals are like hands at a potter's wheel, resulting in a form that is kind of a physical manifestation of certain values.
IEMs and speakers, though very different and occupying opposite ends in form, are both actually pretty similar in intensity. Just in their own ways. With IEMs there's a certain intimacy in taking them into your person. With speakers there's is a similar act, only scaled to the intimacy of one's living space: one is committing to an object which demands a good portion of personal space. After all, in dream analysis people seem to equate the home with the body.