Last night I ordered my first external DAC/Headphone amp combo the Maverick D-1 with all the factory upgrades. Next I will probably add a dedicated headphone amp and then upgrade my headphones. Or maybe headphones first. I have the feeling I will be spending a lot of my money on audio gear in the future, but I'm not sure I have enough hearing left ( not that I have a massive hearing loss just spent a lot of time listening to loud music in my youth ) to ever be an audiophile.
I was not a real believer in the audiophile quest for better "sound" until I bought a CMOY headphone amp off of ebay a few years back. I was very impressed on how much better it sounded compared to the amp in my iPod. Then in the last year I started picking up some vinyl and was really impressed with the quality as compared to mp3's or streaming music, but I soon realized that even though I grew up with records years of digital music had spoiled me. I have less tolerance now for the pops in Vinyl and I also realized I am not very good at caring for things as delicate as records.
So recently I started ripping my old cd collection ( mostly 90's music ) to FLAC and buying new CD's of stuff I currently like. Anyway that's my story. What lead you to seek higher quality music?
Edit: I thought I posted this to the General Discussion thread. Sorry about that.
Edited by jeremyarntz - 10/30/12 at 9:38am