Many of smokers get addicted to certain brand and would never switch to any other sigarettes. I have the same story with Aerial speakers and Lyra cartridges. I can only upgrade to better Aerial speaker and better Lyra cartridge. Anybody else has this kind of addiction?
Yes, definitely! I'm a fan of amps made by Nelson Pass, or any one who worked with him in the past, especially, Michael Bladelius. I also like Conrad Johnson, MBL, Basis, Benz Micro, Martin Logan, and Ariel speakers.... but all of it better be wired with TARA Labs RSC cables.
Unfortunately the brand I am hooked on, Meadowlark Audio, is long out of business. Have owned 6 pairs of Meadowlarks and most recently got a good deal on a pair of Shearwater Hot Rods. I had a pair a few years ago but sold them when we moved. Loving them again, even more now that I have a room that accommodates them.
Electronics wise I'm mad about McCormack. My absolute dream system would be all McCormack taken to the Ultra Platinum level. If possible all ICs would be McCormack Wonderlinks too. I'd have a McCormack Ultra Platinum SST-1 -> Ultra Platinum DAC-1 -> Ultra Platinum TLC-1 -> pair of Ultra Platinum DNA .5 or DNA-1 monoblocks depending on the speakers. That would be sonic heaven for me.
The dream system for the basement would be all Kavent. I have mostly Kavent in my main system right now and am very happy with them.
Speaker wise I'm addicted to KEF.
Other amp favorites are: Nelson Pass Threshold, Pass Labs
Digital player favorites: higher end Pioneer Elite
I don't have exposure to the more expensive brands mentioned above so these are my addictions right now.
In practice, Jadis. Own three of their integrateds.
In theory, Audio Note. Every time I hear their stuff, I feel like I'm closer to music than with most any other brand I've come across. While I own an AN CD player, given my enthusiasm, you'd expect me to go the whole hog.