How did you know when you reached your endgame?

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by DJ The Rocket, Sep 26, 2017.
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  1. Currawong Contributor
    Easy answer for me: When I realised any better would require a $10k outlay for better sound, when I'm very thoroughly enjoying listening with the gear I have now.
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  2. Pokemonn
    maybe when I died.
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  3. mulder01
    You do have like, a million components though. Would you call one specific combination your endgame where you could sell all your other gear?
  4. Currawong Contributor
    The combination I use the most now has totally nailed it for me. That is:

    Mac with Audirvana Plus → iFi iUSB 3.0 + custom PSU → Hugo 2 → ALO Studio Six → Focal Utopias.

    The only thing I really want is a better pair of speakers.
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  5. Pokemonn
    @Currawong do you think that utopias are better than stax sr007mk1 in your opinion? Please let us know!
    I am tempted to get utopias then!
  6. Currawong Contributor
    That's a very difficult question. From a practical point of view, they are better, as you don't require a separate multi-thousand dollar amp just to be able to listen with them. Aside from that, I wouldn't mind trying a pair again out of a T8000 or KGSSHV and comparing them in my system.
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  7. theheadfier
    Go get yourself a pair of Diablo Utopia then? Those sound amazing, with the right gear, of course.
  8. chimney189
    For awhile after I bought my LCD-2 I wondered why I even searched the trade forums. Eventually I realized that I did not have the need to buy anything else.
    I'm not sure if it's just a phase, but I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon. I think the LCD-2 is my endgame headphone, but I don't think my AMP/DAC is endgame yet.
  9. bflat
    You wake up one day and find out your spouse has moved out.................6 months ago.
  10. Happy Camper
    When you no longer spend every day on these forums following the hype each new product pretends to deliver. I have learned to be happy with what I have and not be envious of others. Certainly have saved anguish and money. But it took years of learning how to listen and getting into untold hours in debate. Eventually, I stopped the chase and arguments and listened to the music again.
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  11. wink
    You only reach your end game when:-
    1. You wimp out.
    2. Your wallet is irrevocably broken.
    3. Your wife.
    ..................a. puts her foot down
    ..................b. berates you until you go deaf
    ..................c. sells your gear on ebay while you're out.
    ..................d. etc. etc, etc, ad nauseum
    4. You go deaf.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017
  12. Mars Bar
    We have come along way since the phonograph, but so very long to go. I’ve never been fooled by equipment that I’m listening to live music. End of game is a relative term, depending on your yardstick.
  13. YesThisIs
    I think there is never "end-game", there is always something "better" but in terms of headphone industry the upgrade cycle might be lower compared to overall technology industry.

    Usually in flagship products in headphone-industry there are several years of gaps between "current flagship-product and next successor to that". (except hifiman who milks every penny out of customers, while they still can)
    Compare this with smartphone or computer industry. Where each year there is "new better/faster product"

    One reason for this is that group of people who are willing to spend 1000€+ to headphones is way smaller, when compared to people who are willing to purchase every year 1000€+ iPhone. Second reason is that there isn't much they can improve to make it "major upgrade".
  14. antimatter
    I think there is another thread like this on here that says when you have not bought any gear, used or new, in 6 months. Kind of a blanket statement but at the the same time sort of true. I have tried most of the expensive headphones out there and headphone amps for that matter. For me a $1k demo hd800 and $2k ECP dsha-2 amp. For sure more comfy than any of the $4k headphones that I tried and honestly better sounding to my ears with the same $2kish amps involved.

    I had much better luck going from $2k Adam A7x/Sub8 speakers/sub to $5k Sony Apm-4/Tannoy(really Teac) st-100 speaker/supertweeter. To me the new $4k headphones on the block are a nice attempt but still not quite there yet. Where people have been building $4-5k speakers since well before I was born in 82. Just me but I think speakers (in particular from Japan) hit their stride around that time (1970's-1990's) and offer a tremendous bang for the $4-5k buck.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2017
  15. Cougar2465
    Never ... you'd always need a change after awhile ...
    It's part of this hobby :)
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
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