I can't relate to the first part of your post as I don't "obsess" over my system but, I say Wow about the sound all the time.
Many times! It is what makes putting the effort into developing a system worth it.
I don't listen as much as I used to, but every time I do, I say "damn this thing sounds good."
Recently wrestled with my Green Mountain Audio Continuum I's for a few days. I hadn't pulled them out of the closet for over a year. I couldn't get the center image to pop out of the sound stage. After significant frustration and speaker placement wrangling (they are very heavy speaks), I realized I had ear infection and the speakers weren't nearly far enough apart.. Once I got it dialed I settled in to listen a few tracks before bed and stayed awake until 5:00am being blown away by these 18 year old imaging monsters...
Yes it is! When all the planets align and all is right in the universe, the sound coming from our systems can be a wonderful thing!
Yup. The last time it happened was when I recently had my speaker cables reterminated (on the amp end) from spades to bananas. I thought they had mistakenly sent back the next line up or something since it completely transformed the sound. My system has never sound better.
All the best,
For me personally, yes of course - BUT (and a big BUT) - Nothing makes me happier when a fellow music lover comes over and listens and I get to see and appreciate their reaction - Nothing better than that!
Sure, it is enjoying the fruit(s) of your labor.
I am always working on my system -- and it is constantly rewarding me.
Greg, yes it is fun to share some 'wow' with music lover friends. Mike
Yes every time I listen to good to great recording vinyl or SACD.
If it doesn't happen regularly, then you have not built that good of a system.
Fortunately for me, fairly often. And that's without making many changes/improvements/tweaks to my system over time. However, I do have a couple of power cords on loan that I'm going to live with for a bit.
I think that most of us who are fortunate enough to have a highly resolving and musical system are astounded every time we listen to our systems. It gets to the point where reproducing music, digital or analog, at this level in the home is like magic. In fact there have been times when I have referred to my system as "the magic music machine."
The last time I was enthralled about a music system was with Infinity IRS, Audio Research, Decca cartridge/Linn Sondek (it was the last time I had sex also - don't know if there was a connection)
.......ummmmm the above response is a little strange even for this site. I digress
I don't say "Wow" nearly as much as I say, "What a great album!"