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Pessimistic..Oh I don't think so. Or acutually, maybe realilistic is the proper term. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Crega's thread. It seems that you are confusing Nirvana with the "bug". Audiogon is a conduit for us all to pursue that which pleases our ears. Besides...the pursuit and anticipation is all the more fun.
Don't stop until your broke! I won't.
Luxman was a well respected Co. in their day. I hope that it serves you well till you hit the great gigg in the sky!
Some people search for their dream setups their whole life and never find it. I feel the most essential component are your speakers and I was lucky enough to have heard a set of speakers a long time ago that fit the bill,but could not afford them at the time. The manufacture had difficulties and got out of the home market ,but is one of the best designers out there still ,working for a pro equipment manufacture.
I got in touch with him and he sold me a whole setup with newer drivers and crossovers components from the older versions. A few Reviewers still use his speakers as reference and they would be envious if they knew what I had.
While I have not gotten my front end totally worked out I feel the most important part is over with.
Glad you have found what works good for you.
The only way to stay content is to stop coming to this site and to stop going to stores that sell high end audio....that way, you will not be exposed to anything else. If you continue to be exposed, YOU WILL HEAR SOMETHING BETTER.......and the pursuit for nirvana is on again.
I've found nirvana several times...but as Nrchy above says, it keeps slipping through my fingers. It's only an illusion.
Alcoholics shouldn't go to bars, and you shouldn't come back here anymore if you know what's good for you and your wallet.
Maybe it's just me, but I find that audiophilia is more of a winter-time hobby. Now that I can go fishing and to outdoor concerts, I find I spend a lot less time planted in front of the stereo. Of course, I'm also broke, due to quitting work to go back to school so that might have something to do with it.
One thing I've found that has really kept the upgrade demons at bay is DIY audio. I'm having a lot of fun building my first headphone amp. It's technical, rewarding, and most importantly, audio related, so I find it very satisfying, and also, quite inexpensive.
Of course, if someone handed me $20,000 right now, I know most of it would have to be sacrificed to the audio gods.
Regardless, it's nice to hear you're satisfied with your system. I like to say that I can't afford to be any more satisfied with mine. Happy listening!