Not sure what to say on the topic... I think, just move on and try to find something else to enjoy
Personally, this "hobby" to me, is just like exploring higher quality options for something I involve/use a lot in my daily life, pretty much the same as my many other spendings.
Most of the time, I don't even bother turning on my $5000 Stax rig, I just listen to music on Youtube through my iPad or my crappy computer speakers. I don't get any more enjoyment from using the Stax over other gear, but that's probably because I'm a passive listener, I only listen to music for some 'background noise'.
> Most of the time I am doing background listening too... but whatever, headphone setup is the only sound reproduction setup connected to my desktop anyway, so I'm using it a lot. I actually rarely turn off my rig, but doing so on a stax rig would cost much more :/
And from that, I relish in the fact that I am one of the few people in this world who listens to such crappy music with such high end gear, and that brings a smile to my face.
> I laughed so loud at this...
Most of the time I listen to music on the go on the streets. I practically don't listen music at home unless it is music video. I never listen to music when I read because it distracts me. Hence the only gear I'm interested in is portable gear. Then I don't like isolating IEMs which means that I'm restricted to much fewer choices. In the end it seems that most of Head-fi talks are useless to me. It doesn't mean that I don't need this forum. The audio market where I live is very limited and the choice is poor. Hence I need information what gear to get and from where. My goal is to get moderately decent quality gear which will suit my style of life. It is obvious that I'm not interested in "audio journey" - the term I secretly laugh at and which I find pompous.
Haha, I am on the opposite side of your case... have given up on portable rig due to all the troublesome-ness (song selection, carrying, wires, unawareness of surrounding etc)
And that I almost don't read or study without background music playing...