Hmmm...The way I see it, is that there should be a balance of gear obsession and music obsession. But in the end, it's music that easily wins and becomes the main focus. I love gear but only to a point. It's good to be obsessed with gear for a while but after a certain time frame, it's time to let go of the madness and really focus on the music.
For a couple years, I was learning a lot too about gear and it was great nerdy fun but the important thing I realized was that we all have opinions. A turning point in my life of Head-fi was when I was attending the meets. I realized what I liked and what was not my cup of tea. After that, internet opinions did not matter much any more. I bought the gear I wanted and that was it. The End.
Now I am looking forward to seeing concerts and enjoying life with music especially new music and this joy of music prevails over gear and the trivial details of Head-fi.
Edit: I have no interest in upgrading even though there may be better stuff out there currently. Maybe in 10 years, I will but high end audio technology does remain stable and high quality for a long time so I am satisfied.
Edited by Spareribs - 5/6/13 at 5:28am