That's a nice system ya got there, enjoy!
Unfortunately you are doomed. Twelve step programs are useless in this area. Don't even think about going to any audio shows, for if you do, terminal 'upgraditis' will set in. In the short term, the only hope is that you have a few college educations to pay for. That way your pocket will be much lighter for many, many years. Once those educations are paid for, trouble will return. However, your inability to do any grade should last for about 20 years. Maybe by then your hearing will be failing and that will confirm that upgrading will not permit you to hear anything better then you have now. Enjoy the the music.
I cured my hifi upgraditis by buying a couple of nice used acoustic guitars. Talk about high fidelity! Now instead of worrying about soundstaging and timbre I ask myself "does the resonance of my Spruce/Rosewood guitar overwhelm note clarity and separation compared to my Adirondack/Mahogany guitar?
Hey, acoustic guitars save more energy than Class D amplifiers! Zero watts at idle or full volume.
I like my VR-33s very much. They took an awfully long time to break in, until which time they sounded a bit thin and hard. In fact the whole system had a hardness to it until I upgraded the source components and preamp, so the speakers were revealing deficiencies in the other components. I like the way they can be placed almost up against a wall, though one of mine is away from the wall as the shape of the room is irregular, and I feel I'm not getting the bass reinforcement that I should. I listen to a lot of rock music. Someone else said they sound a bit too polite, but they sure can play loud. For rock you probably don't need a speaker this refined, just one with good dynamics and low end. It can be difficult to find a pair to audition but if you are in the San Francisco area you are welcome to listen to mine.
I have the same speakers and preamp that I had 6 years ago,do not feel the need to upgrade those.I would like to upgrade my poweramp(PS Audio Trio A100)If I ever find fulltime work again(newspapers are not doing much hiring in the pressroom lately).Lack of income has kept me from upgrading,also had to sell a couple nice pieces during the recesion.But I am pretty happy with my system.Once I get my preamp fixed Ill be good.I t seems like once I knew buying any new stuff was out of the question,I stopped thinking much about upgrading and just enjoyed what I have.Now if some kind soul wanted to send a nice poweramp my way, I would not complain.
Thanks everyone for your responses. My post was meant in a humorous tone but it is an accurate description of where I am right now. Like a recovering alcoholic who can't touch another drop lest he relapse, I'm thinking I should just be listening to music and watching movies, and I should not be reading equipment reviews or going to audio shows or participating in audio forums ... oops, already busted on that last one.
How long the system lasts is up to the person. Running out of money is a great way to not have the itch to upgrade as are other priorities in one's life taking precedence in terms of budget (house, kids, etc.).
I think the toughest situation is if your system components are not terribly expensive. It seems that every few months some new component is hailed as the next giant killer with a massive amount of hype and one can't help but wonder if this time, it'll actually be as good as claimed and take the system to a whole new level of performance for a very reasonable price.
I'm at the point that not only am I no longer looking to change my system but I'm kind of relieved that I got to where I wanted to get to performance wise. Spending 12 years putting together a system and ending up at double the original budget will take the allure out of any delusions that further upgrades are a good idea.