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Gunbunny, your post hits home with me. i own two custom made ... Gunbei
You know what's worse.... when you do all this research, spe ... Gunbunny
I got off the merry go round after attending a stereophile s ... Trebleclef
Trebleclef, we must be brothers in arms! the quads are the c ... Detlof
Well detlof, my experience is the opposite of yours, gone fr ... Tubegroover
Tubegroover, isn't happyness the main thing? and the drive f ... Detlof
Detlof yes indeed and happy i am but i want to be happier : ... Tubegroover
Tubegroover, if your only regret is the cost, then actually ... Detlof
Detlof: i don't mean to be pessimistic. my assesment comes f ... Trebleclef
Trebleclef, your points are hard to refute and in terms of s ... Detlof
Not certain i was as hooked as some but an old friend pulled ... Clueless
Never get on it in the first place. i did a lot of listenin ... Piezo
Detlof; i do wish i were wrong. i live here in washington dc ... Trebleclef
Yes, it does not look good. we're a bit behind here, as in e ... Detlof
I recently jumped off the merry-go-round due to a business s ... Wehamilton
I recently downsized from tube separates to a solid state in ... Joe_b
I was kicked off the m-g-round. i had to sell the "drea ... Gregm
Sounds to me like people are getting their priorites back in ... Trebleclef
I have given up on hi-fi twice in my life: 1. i was played a ... rgstein@
Rgstein: its all been downhill since vinyle. listening to a ... Clueless
Nice simile, clueless, but i'd rather say through a thin lay ... Detlof
Ah... some semblance of sanity creeping in. thank you wehami ... Pbb
Pbb, when i was in college and used my turn table as a pizza ... Clueless
Yes, especially with a tonno e cipolla pizza! Detlof
Clueless, touchy, touchy on vinyl's achilles heel are we not ... Pbb
Pbb, we all start dying the minute we are played. maybe i fe ... Clueless
Corks, pbb. corks. a simple cork upgrade can open whole ne ... Bishopwill
Bottle-neck ferrites?? check out the full back page ad in wh ... Clueless
I must be doing something wrong, 'cause when i use it, i can ... Detlof
You can always develop a serious hearing loss Rmoyers
I have a friend who's been in this since the early 1970s. he ... Rmoyers
I don't think i could ever get off the merry-go-round becaus ... Bobgates
There is no getting off! it is like being in the mafia, (wh ... dontyouno@
Lots of good ideas here. the one i most agree with is the po ... Adamanteus
Own multiple systems. not every recording sounds good on eve ... Mark_hubbard
I kicked the habit completely for 20 years! got rid of all m ... Huntermusic
"hunter..." had hit the spot! we are just like dru ... Eldragon
Right on! i could quit anytime, i just don't choose to righ ... Drubin
I agree with garfish. i'm balls to the wall when it comes to ... Yoby
I am FAR from being off the merry go round but anyhow.....
* KNOW WHAT YOU WANT **
If you aren't sure what you want how will know when you've found it? If there is something blantantly wrong in your current setup then there's an obvious fix.
I want neutrality. Good luck to anyone deciding to add colorations to their sound. I wouldn't know where to start. So I'm guilty of letting others form my opinions but here goes:
==>As Sam Tellig says in his Jauary 1999 Pathos Twin Towers review "over time, neutrality wears very well". Mike Sanders said in Sterephile March 2001 "An SET is fun at first but kind of grates on you after awhile.. the bad points start eating away at you...I don't think having a little less bass or a less high is annoying...the annoying thing is the higher distortion because you don't get the distortion cancellation that you do with push pull".
*** TRUST YOUR OWN EARS ******
Hearing is a skill which is developed over time and with a lot of effort. But it is subjective and there is little agreement between people on anything. You can get totally confused reading everyone's opinion on the web. Better to spend your time in the stores listening to stuff and developing your own opinions and hearing skills. Then you can be confident in what you know.
*** DON"T OBSESS OVER THE LAST FEW PERCENT ***
Wire, power cords, vibration isolation (except for TT), amber blocks, Auric Illuminator, and on and on. First there may be no difference. There is no measured data to show that there could be any audible differences (unless a mfg'r intentionally messes with the AC waveform to color the sound). Search Audio Asylum on Auric Illiminator. No one can even agree on what it does to the sound! Some say it's more bright. Others say it smoothes the sound out.
No one in the history of mankind can tell the differences between wire if they can't see it first.
These last few percent can make you loose sight between reality and fantasy. What you perceive and what really exists. If there are differences, they are extremely slight. Why get hung up on "magic sh!t"?
*** OWNING A STEREO IS WALKING A TIGHTROPE ***
I am always wondering, will buying better stuff make me HAPPY? If so, for how long? What happens once the newness wears off. When my ears adjust to the better sound?
Then I'll wonder if I'd be just as satisfied if I had spent less. Learn to accept and be happy with a bit less resolution. If someone switches components and I walk back in the room and can't tell the difference or don't care, why should I pay for that??? If a cheaper component doesn't annoy me over time why upgrade?
Is there something better out there? I don't know. Go to the stereo shop and give it a listen.
*** JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING SOUNDS DIFFERENT DOESN"T MEANS IT"S BETTER ***
You can get bored with your stereo if you spend your time listening to components and not the music. So buy more music, forget the components! I push my speakers back. Get more bass. Great! A week later I pull 'em out into the room. Better frequency response and midrange. Great! Not better - different. But that was free. How many amps should I buy to keep changing the type of sound? Gets expensive and I'm not really moving forward. Only in circles.
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Drubin: i cannot speak for anyone else. i think that every ... Chaskelljr2001
I thought i would be remiss if i did not update my comments ... Joe_b
I don't know if i know how to get off. for me, the biggest i ... Elmuncy
L listen to what you have and enjoy the attributes. update ... Tommy_in_sylmar
Once you have decided to flee the merry-go-round: attach you ... Agonanon
If you enjoy your music system with the least expensive inte ... jrd@
Be satisfied with what you have. if you keep worrying there ... Cdc
I don't think you ever do?? i keep telling my wife and frien ... Btstrg
I agree with btstrg, i dont think you really get off the mer ... Jcatral14
Sometimes going retro will get you off the merry go round fo ... jrd@