Good advice. Take a break and come back with fresh ears. If it still doesn't sound right you know there is a problem.
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Right there with you. There are times when I don't listen for a week (more or less) and then I come to the realization that I haven't been listening, muse over it for a minute, and then pick out an especially nice piece of music and relish it all over again.
It's like what Arnold Schwarzenneger said in one of his earlier movies (with Jeff Bridges and of the same name as the quote): "Sometimes you have to stay hungry".
All the best,
100% agreed! In my case, I took 5 years off and just recently put together a much simpler (and less expensive) system. To me it just sounds great. Another thing I do to remind myself how good my system sounds is to listen to my "background" music systems I have throughout my house for a while before settling down for some serious personal time with my main rig.
I couldn't agree more. Must be some kind of psycho-acoustic thing going on inside our brains? One of the other things that helps with being overly critical or analytical with my system is booze! Have a few glasses of wine or a nice nip or two of scotch. It changes the way you might be feeling, brings about some relaxation. Then go give a listen to your system after midnight, or in the early a.m.
That always brings back the joy and makes me be less persnickety about having perfect sound reproduction. Johnny Walker Black Label on ice and a few Sam Adams Boston Lagers usually re-adjusts my attitude.
ahhh...boooze the great equalizer. I use this same strategy with women. There is nothing a six pack couldnt make better looking!