Yep. When I bought my Silverline Bolero speakers I closed the book on that pursuit. Left some otherwise fine speakers in the dust. :-)
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"I am staying put for a long while unless something breaks."
Welcome to the club. I've been on the wagon for many years now. Just replace one consumable item-phono cartridge from wear or unexpected disaster.
I just need 2 things- a working turntable and a good FM tuner. Seeing and hearing nice unaffordable gear at stores/shows is enough.
Have you ever reach the conclusion that you are done for a while
Yes. Every time. Well I learned long ago there's no greater waste of time and money than to buy stuff just to be buying stuff. So I research the you know what out of it. As a result, pretty much everything I buy is the last one for a good long while. Ten, 15 years.
But realize, there's a lot of components in a system. And the system itself, the whole thing, is never done. But that doesn't make it a merry-go-round. Only you can do that. To yourself. Its your choice. So.... don't.
I typically only purchase audio stuff out of a need for a particular sound that I like, I dont know how to explain it other then it has to sound "right" for me. I am sure that everyone has a different "right" sound they are chasing otherwise we wouldnt be spending money on this hobby. I also wanna say that to spend the minimum amount possible and still achieve the results your looking for is quite a feat. Spending $$ comes from a love of music that started at a very young age with my father having a fairly decent system and playing it loudly on weekend mornings.
Over the years I had obtained different pieces of gear and I put together some dam good sounding systems.......THE BAD: I had a pair of Mirage M3 speakers ($3000 1989) and after having those for 10 years I grew tired of the giant monolithic look and downsized to a pair of EPOS ES 22’s ($2500) then because I was unhappy I purchased 2 more($1500 got a deal)!! Having four speakers was a improvement but not the "right" sound, I know just shoot me. THE GOOD: It REALLY started for me around the year 2002 when I purchased a pair of Dynaudio Contour 3.0 floor standing speakers ($5000), then around 2008 I bought a real sweet amplifier and traded my MC7200 for a McIntosh MC352 Double balanced push pull stereo amp ($4500). The quest for a great sounding Pre Amp led me to the Manley Labs Jumbo Shrimp tubed line stage $2100 (2015). My quest for the ultimate turntable led me too the JA Michell Gyro SE $3800 (2017) after having Thornes and Project high end tables, the Gyro SE has the "right" sound for me. I also added a Manley labs Chinook Phonostage $1700 and a Dynavector 20X2L $995 around 2014. All of these upgrades brought me to the "right " sound I have today and for the last 3-4 years I have been very content with my system and I have been listening!
P.S. Components I didnt keep or replaced included a Project Xtension 10 ,Clear Audio Maestro V2 ebony MM , Rega P3, Dynavector 10X5 HOMC, Grado Sonata Reference MI, BAT VK 32se pre amp, Modwright SWL 9.0 linestage (excellent pre),McIntosh MC7200, McIntosh C41, McIntosh MC7300, C32 pre amp, McIntosh MC2255, Mirage M3 spks, Epos ES 22 spks.
This only took 15-20 years...lol
In the same way I breakdown my stock portfolio I went back and ran a Financial plan on my quest for sound. Results were that I have made some good buy and some bad buys. Like stocks I move on from bad buys and hopefully learn from it. Trouble is there is always another Apple hopeful coming to market that we belly up to the hype from the analysts and can’t miss out on. This platform is just like stock analysts with recommendations and we take the bait. Then throw in new technologies and the game never ends.
I just did this...sold me Tekton moabs and 4-10 subs for sick deal on speakers I never thought I could afford. Mcintosh XRT30s...I was disappointed. So, sold those and I’m back in line waiting for my new Tekton’s. I’m done for a long while! Only bright side is that I actually made a little money. I’d still rather just go back in time and put it all back.