The Diary Entries of a Little Girl Group
Poll Results: Doop?
That's what I'll probably be doing for at least a few more weeks until life settles down again.
Between you, me and the rest of the club with the exception of Romy's thread I've barely been commenting on the threads. I think I'm beginning to burn out. There only seems to be a few products in this hobby which interest me anymore. I've grabbed the UERM's and the Paradox and I'm eyeing the Alpha Dogs. With the exception of the new upcoming Schiit statement stuff and stuff by FitEar/STAX I'm pretty bored to the point of feeling cynical with whats been going on the other threads lately. You ever get that way sometimes?
Mostly I've plateaued in audio gear. There are a lot of systems out there better than mine. They're at price points that I will have to make plans and budgets for, though; I can't act on quasi-whims the way I have to date.
I still want a better DAC, would like some electrostatic phones, want to investigate Cavalli's gear... but aside from low-end stats and possibly the not-yet-for-sale Cavalli portable, everything will require planning. I think progress in headphones and most associated gear are starting to settle down again, and changes from here on out are going to be incremental rather than dramatic*. In-ears are still exciting, but I think customs are where most of the interesting action will be (to me), and I can't venture into that often simply because I can't trade up in that realm the way I can with any other audio equipment. Home stereo DACs are starting to get interesting again after a long period of relatively stagnant progress, so I don't feel comfortable with budgeting for a kilobuck upgrade there right now; everything's either unproven/unstable or potentially superseded in a short time.
*(You never know what's around the corner, but shouldn't make plans on unfounded speculation either...)
I've done almost no at-home listening for the pleasure of it (rather than background noise) for half a year. Now with commitments and having to move, there probably won't be time for a while longer.
So nothing's actually bad in my life right now, but without time to hang out and listen to things, it was easier to cut head-fi off since I didn't have anything to discuss any more. Looking forward to this autumn being mellower but for various reasons I won't be able to go to RMAF like I'd planned to.
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Edited by ardgedee - 8/13/13 at 5:37pm
I feel some desire to tweak my source gear a bit, but don't know if I'll go much further than the secondary USB -> SPDIF and USB power supply I ordered for my other setup. I'd be lying if I said I weren't tempted by the Abyss, but I think I should be focusing on other aspects of my life right now. At home I mostyl find myself using my lesser setup because I never feel like listening long enough to warrant the tubes and such. I could also stand to arrange my setups better as I never feel like listening in bed anymore.
@ardgedee: I heard a prototype of the Cavalli portable and it's really good.
Never stopped to think of it that way but yeah, you're right.
The only thing that half interests me in portable amps nowadays is the upcoming Cavelli and that's more because of Romy's impressions on the prototype and me being curious about Cavelli. You want a real laugh my friend? When I first wandered onto these boards I never thought I'd ever be throwing 1000 plus bones down on a set of ear/headphones and used to shake my head at posters who were throwing 1000's down on a headphone or a rig. Now I don't even blink when I see it and have become just as guilty. Pre order placed, I'm getting the MD's. I want to hear for myself if they can beat out the Paradox. Maybe the Paradox and the AD's will eventually bring me out of this funk.