Finally some good speaker wire, power cable and ic's...I'll bet that these things are the ones that you married men have a real hard time getting by the wife...LOL. I better build my system before I get hitched.
Better you than me, I guess.
I know this...... if my wife walks in the house with a $200.00 Gucci Bag, a pair of shoes that costs about as much as her new Gucci Bag, and a pair of $600.00 earrings, she had better not EVEN open her damn mouth if I decide to purchase a new SACD player next year. Women have to realize, men do not go out here to work day in and day out for about two weeks, and then all we do is go home and give it (meaning all of the money that WE go out and earn) to them for them to spend on what they want, without us getting what we want in the bargain. I mean, that kind of shit would just burn me the f**k up. If my wife (which I am lucky that I don't have one yet) thinks that only the money goes to her, and I don't get any out the deal, hey, then she's got another thing coming. I am surely going to get me something that I want as well.
And for me, what that something is will be an SACD Player, and maybe....... either an REL Strata III Sub for my KEF Reference 102 Speaker System, or a pair of Vandersteen 2Ce Signatures with endcaps finished in cherry or mahogany.
There isn't a system out there as valuable as a good wife! I'll keep both the wife and my system, in that order too.
We're trying to keep the costs down this year so my wife suggested getting eachother a digital camera. She doesn't ask for much so she will be getting as nice digital camera. I've been looking at the Nikon, Fuji, and Sony, I'm just not sure which one will be best for us.
I am fortunate that I have wife who is a musician and doesn't mind me being a gear freak. We went from a 15 year old Onkyo receiver and Paradigm Mini-Monitors to auditioning some higher end stuff. After listening to some 2k JM Labs and B&W's she responds, I bet we could get so much more if we doubled our investment (god love her).
We ended up with Thiel CS2.4's, an assortment of IC's and speaker cable, a new Rotel receiver (that will be upgraded to Bryston) plus a smattering of vintage tube gear. We went from a shit system to having music in 3 rooms.....Did I mention I love my wife?