I would like more often and consistent video features from Jude: that might spur on some new conversations in various forums. The lengthy threads, while full of great conversation, tend to eat themselves after a while. And what is one to do when one see's a 238 page thread on the subject they're interested in? Is it acceptable to just jump in to the most recent posts or must one curl up with a bottle of wine and get to it from page 1 for the evening? Some of these threads threaten to eclipse George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series.
That said, I totally see how one can grow weary being a regular member here, especially if you use it to stick with whatever your primary purpose for coming in the first place was. Especially since the first levels of this hobby involve gear buying, pricing, pairing, specs vs. experience, etc, which all seems so passive once the decision has been made to buy. It's then all about the somewhat passive enjoyment of the gear/music (I don't really mean to imply that listening is all that passive, there's a lot the mind does in listening).
Maybe that's all it may ever be for many, but maybe it gets you to listening to new genres of music because they're sonically more interesting now. Or maybe you passionately begin to follow the growth of one of the small companies creating these pieces. Perhaps you'll find an interest in finding out mechanically what's going on with all the gear, and research electronics and audio engineering. Any of these things and others would find you back at these same boards enjoying them from a new perspective.
It's like going to Chuck E. Cheese's as an adult and trying to recapture that magic you felt when you were 5 for that one kid's party. But an adult can have fun as a parent there watching their child having so much fun. Same place, different perspective, so a different experience.
If you stay in the same place too long in any pursuit, you'll soon feel like you're moving backwards. Even with a pair of Stax-009's through a perfect amp, that Chuck E. Cheese band can start to sound pretty stale.
Edited by Schroeder77 - 11/4/13 at 7:49pm