I know I know... I've had a wonderful journey through both the woods and the clearing in this hobby. Not to get all word origin inside this fantastic thread but, for several moons over, the "woods" use to be simply be known as the wood. So, who might that chap be who hung an "s" on the end?!
I've no idea but back to the journey. One of brilliant things I did in this hobby was to get a few different jobs inside the industry. I grew tired of spending-spending-spending. There was always satisfaction to be sure, but it was fleeting.
Ahhh, then came the Dealer discounts, loaner gear and accessories and gear from customers who always wanted to either demo gear for us inside their homes and/or loan gear out to me; staff members who couldn't always afford stuff.
Not surprisingly, with my own funds no longer at stake, when I auditioned gears and accessories,I had new respect for said gears and also became more objective, indifferent and learn to relax and enjoy the experience. Had a lot of fun being on the other side of the hobby.
I did the same - but used Audiogon and mostly purchased used - then resold if it wasn't staying. I kinda went through my process in building my Mega system in a prior post.
Like most things in life: You will get the new gear (carefully chosen based on reviews, etc) - and you'll be pleased - but notice a fault or two.
If you focus on the pleasing part - bliss - happiness. If you focus on the faults - frustration - unhappiness.
When the pleasing gets overwhelmed by the fault focus - get something different.
It all comes down to an illusion!
Just like my avatars:
These are two dimensional representations of multi-dimensional space.
They're called Calabi-Yau Manifolds - they're based on the multi-dimensional mathematics of quantum string and brane theory.
They are two dimensional here on your screen - but represent 3+x dimensions. So what are they really? Just an illusion.
Here is an even better one. This a static picture - your mind makes it move. The same for stereo images...illusions...
Notice the little red 'y's don't move. If you look from the corner of your eye the movement stops.
Edited by rb2013 - 7/10/13 at 7:46am