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?


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.

Retired. 3 hours each day on average. Usually my happy hour, 4 to 7pm. Grew up around bands and listening to music all the time til 21. Then worked my arse off and started my own businesses starting at 26 years old, meaning spent many years after that when I simply could not find the time for music. So you could say, I am closing the circle.

@noromance nailed it for me. Instead of turning on the idiot box at night after work, I fire up the system and explore new to me artists and albums on Qobuz, or spin some of my favorite vinyl.  Often with a Templeton Rye Manhattan or two.  I try to do this a couple times a week.  Of course it’s just me here now (not necessarily by choice…), so not a lot of other things to compete for my attention these days outside of my daily job.

As a professional musician who works constantly, it's usually the last thing i want to do. The best bet is the occasional week off, even then only after a few days to decompress.