Mitch my Dad overhauled his system at age 73.
Enjoy the next purchases and make it a good one.
Enjoy the next purchases and make it a good one.
"When they pry my paypal account credit card from my cold arthritic fingers." Hey, I'm 61 so you've got time. Nothin's gonna change my world,
so have another hit of crystal clear music. It's the trip, man, not the destination! What does bother me though is the congregation of the audiophiles getting older than an episcopalian assemblage
( judging from how many of you recognized those misquotes). We've got to get younger people involved. Start a thread about how to best do that....and don't go passive on us. We're counting on you.
Mitch4t, Life starts at 60. My mother started driving car at the age of 72. On the other hand I think I'm changing things around but in reality I drive the same car for 17 years, work at the same place for 25 years, live at the same address for 21 years (most likely kick the bucket there) while being married for almost 38 years (same wife). Chances, I will keep my system intact, are pretty high.
I would like to share that in the past 5 years I had introduced 4 of my friends to the hobby, ages,
73,67,68, 64, all of them with amazing hearing including my friend Maureen that wears a hearing aide but now they are getting so sophisticated that you can't see them and I think they can listen as good as the rest.
I have been with her from auditions on new equipment dacs minimum differences etc, and she still pick the right stuff, not mentioning her passion for classical, streaming Internet radio, picking right furniture for the system etc.
I am 40 finishing my masters and I feel so happy introducing my friends to the hobby, they have been all their lives in the west, and I emigrated to America 10 years ago, I guess is about exposure, I wish more regular consumers were expose to the right sound....
Never is too late to experience a dream sound, enjoy what you hear and don't forget that life is a personal gift and the best of all.....
My respects and regards to you all.
MartyKL--your question about Barolo made me recall the following: two friends and I each bought a bottle of Barolo for a fourth friend's 50th birthday. Several years later, our fourth friend died from cancer, and we learned that he had not drunk any of the three bottles of Barolo. At his funeral service, one of my friends spoke to the gathering, and his opening words were, "Drink the Barolo!" So buy the Barolo at any age, and go ahead and drink it.
I think I have bought my last amps, pre-amp, and speakers.
Front ends are a different story. I am in the process of replacing my turntable.
I just turned 70 and am blessed to still have very good hearing although I can't say the same for my eyesight.
Since my golfing has gone to pot this hobby is something I can still enjoy.
It seems that only older audiophiles who are blessed with good hearing can appreciate exquisite sound and music. The best software, meaning LP's are also required. The very same music, and LP's that have been in my collection for ages, sounds so much more beautiful with Class "B" analogue played back on Class "A" reel to reel, I'm in heaven.
I'll buy my last amp when I can no longer afford the amp I desire, which is now, if I can't get the funds.
I retired a few years ago and bought a Brystom amp with a 20 year warranty. Since my last amp served for about 17 years and was great, and the only reason I upgraded was i had a big pile of money to throw away...
I am pretty certain this Bryston 4B-SST² will be my last amp.
If I blow money on equipment, it will be on 20.7 Magnepans.
Well that's a bit revealing, Elizabeth. Why don't you already have them? I sure would and I'm only 56. As Airegin stated, hearing is probably going to be the major factor in answering this question. But I mean in terms of satisfying one's hearing deficit which will most likely include hearing aids, and/or of sorts.
Being satisfied with what you have isn't age specific any more than wanting something else is. Not growing intellectually or desiring anything new isn't a sign of age, it's a sign of laziness and a lack of intellectual curiosity that's merely sad. I don't close any artistic doors, but am amazed at how many people do. Smugly.
Hearing is not just a matter of ears, you brain remembers and fills in the gaps.
Hence famous conductors in the 80's and beyond ,who can't hear 5k on an audiology machine, have no problem correcting a violinist playing in his highest register.
What characterizes an open mind at 20 signifies an empty one at 70.
Great reason to get what you really want in the younger years and enjoying it
along the way. Telling story Jim, a real word to the wise.
What age or stage to stop. When it no longer matters to your ears, and matters
to much to your wallet. Outside of that, music and hobbies help to keep you
young if only in heart and mind. It is always nice to have something to look
The best point is that if your demise is weighing on you heavily. Then take the attutde that you can't take it with you. Thus my question if you are not going to go out buy the best system you can now, then when?? Go for it !
If you live beyond 75 then yes you might need to reenter the fray, Have courage noe and treet yourself well you have earned every last cent of it.
Well I'm 75 and still attempting to do the 3% squeeze. Don't know what I will do at 85, when I am working on the 1% of the squeeze left. Just hope I have some hearing left to make it worth while. So, when will you buy your last car? Never happens! Things break, wear out, go out of tech. That gives us opportunity to 'buy the last'.
I'm over 70 and my hearing is either getting better or Ive taught myself how to listen better. I didnt do the concert thing back in the day so maybe thats a contributing factor. Right now Im seriously thinking about going 2 channel versus my Theta surround sound system. My plan is to start with a 2 channel amp probably an Ayre and see how my Casablanca III likes it. Arguing with myself about what to do next helps to "keep me young".
I'm 74 and soon expect my last turntable, arm, and cartridge. I expect next week to receive new interconnects and speaker wires. Very soon I will get a new Mac Mini based music server. My hearing is quite good again in my recent hearing exam. My only limitation is that I cannot carry 100 pound amps upstairs. Also, on late weekend afternoons I nap to good music for about thirty minutes.
What the hell are you guys talking about?
First of all, congrats on having been born in the best year of the last century. You are in distinguished company.
I think many of us as we approach retirement undergo the same sort of analysis. In some respects it is a farewell to higher income living, and a reflection on what our values are. I began about 7 years ago making a list of what remained to be accomplished in order to provide for retirement as I envision it. Music, of course, is a major and essential component of what I do with my now precious free time. That will surely continue when I have more time. Accordingly, I have nearly completely revamped my entire rig over the last two years. All of this was well planned in advance, and I am almost finished. My system as it is currently configured is good enough that I can live with it with no further improvements, and do so with no regrets. However, if, seven years from now, I have an opportunity (and money) to substantially upgrade, there is little doubt I will do so.
So, the answer to your question is this--- Stop upgrading when you lose interest or run out of money. Meanwhile, enjoy.
I saw the late, great Don Ho at his peak in the mid 60s with his brilliant back-up band The Aliis at the original Dukes (my mother took me...she was a fan)...giant palm frond fans in the ceiling. That dude was great...met him a couple of times over the years and he even bought a Twin Reverb amp from me for his road show (it had a cool Anvil road case).
Why does it all have to be done at once, rather than as strides in design justify? For example, there may be no great steps forward in preamps, like teflon capacitors, for 10 years; will yiou ignore the progress when it happens because you are too "old." It is like asking when you will stop learning.
I am 62, and upgrade as justified. Just got a new DAC and Bryston BDP-1 digital player last year, but have amp and speakers for 10+, pre for 5+, vintage tuners in and out, etc.
Keeps one young(ish), Mitch.