....and so music alone can't be the only reason why people enjoy music. Some equipment with the right synergy seems to produce the sound nirvana with your music to create that kind of emotion connection (think Apple product) that one find it unforgettable and make you glue to your seat for hours.
OK, I'm back to my computer so my posts should make more sense!;) Mac, for me it's simple, if one loves music one should want to hear it sounding at its best. When I was younger I was into switching gear frequently but as I got older I settled down with a system that sounds great and now I mostly spend my money on music! Don't get me wrong, and I make this point for the OP, I'm not bored by the gear, but my interest ebbs and flows. But way before I ever got into the gear, I was always into the music, whether it was coming from a lousy radio or crappy turntable, the music always lifted my spirit! I had a friend who wasn't terribly into music but he came to my house and heard my system and was floored. He wanted what I had. The dude was a successful businessman so he had bucks. He went out and bought a top of the line Meridian/Mirage based system that sounded great. But he only owned less than a dozen CD's!! after a short while he got bored with it and sold it off! Music's gotta come 1st!! I've owned my Sennheiser HD600's for over 10 years, before that I had AKG 240's. I've owned 4 different HP amps. I've always appreciated good headphone sound BUT...I've never felt the need to go out and buy more cans, I'd rather spend money on music, it's where my focus has always been. I hang out on Head-Fi 'cause I like looking at all the eye-candy and enjoy the youthful enthusiasm but the original post left me shaking my head in wonder. While I understand getting tired of being on that upgrade merry-go-round, saying that he's ready to try another hobby suggests that music is something he can take or leave, reminds me very much of my businessman friend!;)