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I can say that I am truly there, not interested in even cable changes at this point, the system sounds amazing and will only make a change if I have a piece that wears out or breaks. Now with that said, for the need to tinker and compare pieces, I started putting a headphone system together for my home office and am having a blast doing so. I am really surprised at the great deals available as you cut your budget back to a reasonable amount and take advantage of the trickle down technology that the big $ pieces award you.
There are 3 embedding grids that determine the quality of the sound : first the audio grid interlinked components,second the electrical house grid, third the acoustic room grid... If you had taken care of these 3 you already have a good system, at any price, even if your system is cheap...My system is 1000 bucks all included, speakers,headphones,dac, amplifier and the sound quality is so good that I will not upgrade anything soon ...I am satisfied, first and foremost by all the tweaks I used in these 3 embeddings...
Geoff I include the vibrations in the audio interlinked components grid already, the electrical house grid included all EM phenomena in the house and out of the house like street transformer etc... i cannot create a field for each fact, the 3 fields included many facts and factors indeed...For the information field you are some inches in front of me indeed! lol
But the essential point is, are we satisfied with our system? Or differently expressed, are we listening to it without be bothered by evident defect? The answer is yes for me...Nothing is perfect and I like to tweak it, perhaps tomorrow with a try with Geoff resonators , who knows... I am satisfied but curious if the cost is low... Geoff sell low cost tweaks it is a good point...
It’s a truism that all audiophiles truly believe their systems are the greatest thing since chunky peanut butter. No exceptions. I think they call it resting on one’s laurels. 🌿 Oh, sure, they might dick around a little bit from time to time, and there will be a small flurry of activity, just to claim they’re still in the game. 😬
Good point made! But my point is only this one; a good system can be very good and cheap, I never say that mine was the better, I only say that I am satisfied and sure I like to tweak by my own design but your produtcs are cheap and attractive I am tempted...Lucky you are I am still in the game tempted to purchase some ...For sure for the price paid for all components ( 1000 bucks for all in all) I think that my system is better indeed than butter peanut ...
For sure you are right, but my mind has changed when I had listen to unaffordable system some long times ago compared to my old system , after that I wanted musical experience with good sound quality I never had but at a low cost... I have it now and I am proud of my tweaks and the ratio price/quality sound now... The satisfaction is in my mind yes but the road to gain this place in my mind cost me 1000 bucks+tweaks… I say that to answer this question Zavato asked...
By the way I try the fridge magnet with success...I thank you...
Im not satisfied thats why my system continues to evolve and improve through the tweaking and incremental improvements that add to the total sum of the desired SQ Im trying to reach.
Also being retired and funds not being what they once where the biggest economical improvements continue to be through improved electrical current being provided, last great tweak was installing three Bybee IQSE in my electrical panel as suggested and for less then $300.00 the improvements are significant.
At present, I'm also in a happy place with my system, but the old saying "curiosity killed the cat" comes to mind. I would think most of us are curious types who honestly enjoy the gear. (We certainly enjoy chatting about it endlessly.) Please, someone explain exactly where the curiosity on/off switch is located inside my head. Please.
I am, well, I thought I was. Here is the story:
Since writing about the above system 2 years ago I now find myself thinking about upgrading the McIntosh C50 to a C52. I must be an audiophile! All the same, I still think this system is incredible as is.
For now, I am happy with my system. I merely have a Yamaha N803 receiver, Yamaha CD player, my old Sansui SR525 turntable, Vandersteen speakers and I stream Spotify. I would like to upgrade and have been tempted at the stereo shops but my knowledge is very limited so I've resisted the buying, selling, trading, upgrading, tweaking war which I know would be a never ending expense. I am starting to weaken though and I've heard a few systems that really blew me away. Maybe I'll do what I often do for now.....procrastinate.
What I was trying to say is something analogous to a person who buys a new Mustang and often gets bored pretty soon and starts looking for ways to make it run faster. So, he buys some new high performance wheels and new tires. Which satisfies him for a while. But before long he’s bored again and starts looking around for something else to improve performance. What’ll it be? New exhaust system? High performance cams? Maybe cryogenically treat some engine parts? Where does it all end? 😛
A climber says to his buddy, Wow! What a view! So this is what it looks like from the top of Everest! His buddy replies, dude, we’re only at Base Camp!
Metaphors be with you!
Prior to my move in 2018 I hadn't changed anything for many years. I had the same speakers for over 25 years and I've had the same Amp for 21 yrs (one repair/recap). DIgital sources having evolved somewhat over that time, I went through three iterations on the front end. Now that I've settled on replacement speakers, and once again look forward to listening each night, perhaps I will retreat back into that happy stasis.
The amp does run a little hot... :)