Originally Posted by compoopers
Yes, I agree. I think it's more about me just losing interest in the "upgrade wars" and being content with what I have -- I have a great fascination of your hobby of collecting headphones and all of your observations, but as a mere audio enthusiast, I'm finding myself satisfied at the moment. Plus I'm a student and don't have the kind of money to spend on amassing a worthwhile collection, anyway. I've been trying to reevaluate my fiscal situation and spending my money as soon as I earn it on headphones when I'm not even 20 years old seems irresponsible.
There's no rush. Enjoy what you have now, and as the years go buy you can experiment with new stuff and enjoy it along the way.
When I was 20, I had a pair of $30 earbuds and that was pretty much it. I always laughed to myself when I heard about audiophiles spending three figures on cables and stuff, because to me it seemed like they were never actually into music despite obsessing about fidelity. This hobby is utterly insane to outsiders; I think most people would find spending $300,000 on a car more reasonable than spending $2000 on a headphone amplifier.
Just some advice. In a few years there should be some really amazing entry level electrostatic stuff out thanks to Stax being bought out by Edifier. I'd suggest going that route when you're ready. That was a turning point for me when I was a senior in college: hearing some SR-404s out of an SRM-323. My system was maybe $1000 total, including my Rega P1 and bookshelf Sony CD player. Yet that system is still one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had in this hobby, and oddly enough almost everything after that has been an attempt to approximate that experience.
That's why I say the whole "it's a journey" thing is kind of bunk. I think for a lot of people, it's more like repetition compulsion. Rather than trying to get to where you're going, I think a lot of head-fiers actually trying to not get to where they're going. Desire is only desire so long as it remains unfulfilled. Sure, we learn about stuff along the way, and in that sense we grow as hobbyists. However I get a bit weary when I hear about people who have only been into this hobby for like three months who have already splurged on an Orpheus rig or SR-009 setup. It would be fine and dandy to go for the pinnacle if one simply wanted the best and to be done with it, but I think upgraditis isn't really about getting better gear so much as just getting different gear. They're still going to be getting new stuff in a few months time, and having started off at the summit, they're going to find almost everything afterward a disappointment, which will in turn fuel more gear-chasing and more consumption until they burn out at the end of the year and get disillusioned and sick of this hobby. This actually happened to me when I first joined head-fi, and why I left for the first half of 2011.