How do you find time to enjoy your $$$ speakers and system?

Maybe this topic is more of recommendation and sharing ideas than a question. We invested in our hifi systems for years to get to a place where we appreciate what our systems sound. Now, how do you find time to enjoy listening to music if many of us work long hours and still need to take care of family, errands etc…I don’t remember when was the last time I spent more than 2 hours a week at the most to enjoy the system I spent $$$ to build. How do you find time to enjoy your system?


@analoguefan ,

I think that the answer to your question is pretty simple. We find or make time to do the things that are important to us. No matter how busy we say we are, most of us can look at any given day and realize that good portions of it were wasted.

Time management is a matter of awareness and discipline. It’s not easy.

@tomic601: Jim, I hadn't seen that statement before, and I LOVE it! Leonard Cohen, I presume? Bob Dylan considers Cohen a very spiritual being.

When I was working and in the county (I spent a couple weeks out of the country a month). It was known to all that the ~ 45 minutes to hour before bed were my music time (distress time). My partner encouraged it because for over thirty years she saw me work 65 to 85__ sometimes much more working and taking care of her (she is disabled). She understood that it was a way for me to de-stress and relax… and that was likely to keep me alive longer.


I recommend you make it clear that you have a time each day. For me it was one album.


Now that I am retired it is about three hours. I get a bit fussy if anyone interfers with my music time… or exercise time… or painting time. 

Simple - we rent out a 1,000 foot room above a commercial building so all of the tenants are gone after hours.  We get to play for hours and enjoy music.  We have friends bring over their gear and out them in our systems also.  We have a kitchen and bathroom on the floor in a building with an elevator.


Happy listening suckers!

I find that my interest in listening is sporatic. Sometimes its obsession, other times I couldn't care less about it.

When to listen... I have a routine where every Friday evening (after work and before dinner, I sit down and do the bills. I have my 2-ch listening room setup so there is a 'listening' couch positioned opposite the speaker wall, then behind that is my desk - where bills are paid, payments recorded, stuff is ordered, etc. System sounds just as good from the desk as it does from the couch. Time-wise, its good for at least an hour or two - even during periods of disinterest.

However, I must admit... for me it really is more about the gear. I know most will gasp at me saying this (but true for me) - I'm not listening to recreate a feeling of live events, and some would say my choices of music are questionable. I like well-recorded bassy enjoyable tracks that bring-out the details of the system. Who's playing and what's the name of the song aren't something I would usually know. Matter of fact, I'm much more likely to recognize the album art than the artist - blasphamy, I know. 😎

Setup your listening space so something that frequently needs doing is getting accomplished when you're listening.