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 have to admit that life balance has always been difficult for me.  I listened to music a lot as a young man but as I had more demanding jobs the Type A personality thing took over and I didn't listen for years.  When I retired I started to listen more and at this point I listen to music for several hours every day.  When I started and invested some serious coin I completely stopped watching TV so I think that was a win.  So although I don't have advice for people looking for balance I can tell you that retirement and the freedom it gives you is glorious.

For me I consider myself lucky if i get one good listening session per week in.  I've found when I over do it is when I start to find faults that aren't really there....there really can be too much of a good thing for this guy.  

It's not unlike the sports car habit.  You daily drive a 911 and it gets slow quickly.  You keep it as a toy and it still lights your fire each time you drive it.  

@roxy54 @deadhead1000 I have a home theater system with marantz av7703 AVP and marantz, Harman kardon and parasound amplifiers.  I mostly listen to the 2 channels in the front my legacy audio signature 3s. I have a mac mini that to keep my music and use audirvana to manage it. My DAC is the Schiit Gumby and I do have a marantz CD player that I use rarely. 

On the less serious side, I am single and devoted to staying that way.  😇

I am retired so I have no excuses for not using my system. Every day at 5:00 I enjoy a cup of tea and listen to albums. The wife like my taste in music so all is good. My taste are usually New Age acoustic guitar or piano. Also as much Eva Cassidy as I can find...!

I only listen to my "main" system a couple hours a week, sometimes more, sometimes not at all.  Does that mean I'm not a music lover?

I do have a nice (to me) system in my bedroom that gets used every evening/night.

Also, there's the HT system in the family room.  If the wife is out running errands or at an appointment it's playing music.

There's always the dedicated headphone setup...

FWIW, I attempt to play the guitar and keyboards.  There are only so many hours in a day, even when retired.