I just love my equipment and records and sometimes can't wait to come home from work and play.....I don't think i could be truly happy without all this stuff! Does this necessarily make me a materialistic person of sorts? Do others feel the same way towards their gear and assorted media collections? My wife thinks i'm obsessed and does not see the point of all this lol.
You ARE obsessed as are most of us posting on this site. Humans are prone to addictions. Things could be worse ... it could be booze, drugs, work, gambling, or blondes. Personally, I can't imagine life without music, and the music I love is collectible... at least to me. If I started listening to every cut in every CD and vinyl album I have, there's no way I could finish within the lifetime I have left. And yet ... I continue bringing new music home. Go figure.
Frank, same here....I could never ever listen to all I have. It would take me maybe 100 years, and yet i too keep collecting new music every chance I get LOL.
Simao, I shall bask in it LOL! Yes, at times it gets a bit overwhelming, but I would not change a thing.....:)
I have this Thrift type store in town that I find my self visiting maybe once a week or so. They do a lot of clean outs of estates etc.....and there is always a new to me record there waiting to be discovered, all for just a buck apiece! Just today I scored a VG++ Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" LP! It sounds fantastic.
There's nothing wrong with enjoying a hobby if you stay under budget and your family doesn't suffer because of it.I'll never listen to all I have either.But every album and CD has a story or fond memory attached to it,and it's a comfort to have them near.
For me it's both materialistic and hedonistic, it began with the music and the discovery that better gear lets met hear more deeply into the music. The only issue is that I often do have to remind myself that almost none of my friends or family share those feelings.
Divorced twice now but my audio equipment is still here, it doesn't require SPA days, Botox sessions, Country club memberships, and has a mute button. I will be six feet under with it and still smiling!
My wife thinks I’m nuts because I have invested so much money and time in this hobby. I’ve been somewhat obsessed with audio since I was 12. I’m 60 now, doesn’t look like I’m going to give it up. And yes I am materialistic. I accept that. It could be worse.
Ah, but the truly obsessed audio junkies take it even further. He/she considers the artists he/she reproduces in the listening room each session to be personal friends. If anyone is interested, you would be welcome to come over sometime and meet my friends Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ella, Sarah, June Christy, Etta Jones ... all accompanied by Cal Tjader, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown and Stan Levy.
Hey, look ... Mel Torme' just walked into the room. HiYa, Mel ...
I think that it is pretty well known that for a small percentage of the population, for some unknown reason, music results in the release of excess dopamine which leads to euphoria. Fortunately, this can be remedied by spending a year meditating at Walden Pond.
Thoreau's book "Walden" recounted his two years living in a cabin (owned by Emerson) in the woods by Walden Pond Concord Mass. He compressed the experience into one year focusing on the changing seasons. Snapsc is right on!
Don't care much about blondes. Of course, you are materialistic to a degree. We are physical, you know, 'materialistic', in a manner of speaking, whatever else we might be. When it crosses certain line and becomes something which is hard or impossible to consider normal - that's another matter. Women are jealous and envious, no doubt. So are men.
Monks are not materialistic. All others are. It is a matter of degree.
You may be paying more attention to your gear than your wife. That's competition. Love the story about the San Jose techie whose wife thought he had overdone it and while he was traveling had goodwill make a pickup of all his stuff.
Buy her a toy that she may find replaces her need for you. Like a Sybian.
Love my toys. I have three separate sound systems-one for vinyl, home theatre dolby atmos, and a small emotiva bas-x100 which I use with a pair of HD600 headphones and B&W 685 S2's and a thrift shop sony SACD 5 disc changer I found in a thrift shop. I have two Canon DSLR's with an assortment of lenses from 16-400 mm. 13 watches and six firearms. My records go back40-50 years that I bought back in the day and CD's when I got that bug back in the 80's. My best thriftshop find is a first edition Parlaphone mono pressing of Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band with all the inserts which I have played twice, cleaned up and put away. Got it for $3.98. I am retired, live alone and am Prince of my domain. My cat Fatboy is King and he is rather disdainful of it all. But it all keeps me home at night as I would rather be home than anywhere else.
Think materialism is part of human nature. Archaeologists have dug up ancient graves and found Og buried with favorite spears and trophy saber tooth tiger teeth, jewelry, medicine pouches etc. Regardless of what level we suffer from. Even homeless people pack it around in shopping carts.
Thank you all for the overwhelming responses!! I think I feel better now about my obsession with my equipment and music! I kinda look upon it all as my mistress....lol. ugh If the wife only knew what I really spent on this stuff over the years...aye yi yi....oops I gotta go, Nancy Sinatra is in the room 😁
I do tell her, but I fib a bit on what was paid out...I have toned it down of late, as I am pretty happy with what I got. I also keep telling her, honey I swear that is the last resord I’m buying....I’m such a liar lol.
Strictly looking at it, yes you are materialistic. And doesn’t matter what you tell or don’t to her. “Obsession with my equipment" is enough to answer your question. No need for endless tries to convince yourself or others about the contrary. Finally a serious topic, not the shabby ss vs tubes.
Yes, as others have said. But at least it’s an obsession you can share with others. Almost everyone can listen with you and appreciate how great it makes their favorite artist sound. They may not understand the obsession but they can appreciate the stuff - at least for a while.
I don't see the harm in being a little materialistic. Human nature. But, like anything else, it can be carried to extremes. A little of almost anything is fine. If it begins to hurt someone else, or disrupt your life and family, then its starts to be a bad thing. In my humble opinion.
Three things, in no particular order, comprise my short list of obsessions: Long rides on my Harley; afternoon, late night, sometimes all night listening sessions of my favorite tunes and taking care of my large yard full of trees. I'm most grateful my wife is patient with the Harley and music thing and greatly enjoys the trees, as it makes a great haven to accommodate her love of wild birds. Maybe a bit materialistic, but it keeps us sane.......Jim
Hahahaha...well I guess I need them🤔....there is no help for me I'm afraid. I was just in a record store in Boston and the guy had a bin dedicated to just rca living stereo records...I could not just buy one...no....I had to buy like 10! 🙄🙄🙄