Restrictions, behind the 8 ball.

As a confirmed generalist I have determined there are 8 restrictions directly influencing one's direction in this hobby. It is however possible to either ignore them all or be paralysed by any, some, and/or all of them. If one chooses the first option...more power to you and by all means share the ride.

1. Economic- probably the greatest restriction or right next to....
2. Social- most of us have a significant other who plays a role. If not most of us have neighbors.
3. Philosophical- whatever baggage, assumptions,  experience, we bring to the turntable. It's there for most of us. It can also be an attitude of learning and humility. 
4. Spatial- where is all this stuff going to reside? The dreaded listening ROOM.
5. Aesthetic- very much a lurker; if not specifically you, and I doubt it, see number 2.
6. Auditory--how many of us know our range of hearing? You could even be an outlier and not have a clue.
7. Listening preferences- Metallica or Mendelssohn? Al Hirt or Wierd Al?
8. Choices- yes when you make a choice in this world it can lead directly to restricting your next decision, or distorting a previous decision. 


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Is it the room or my head spinning?

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Restrictions ..????? I think your brain is restricted or distorted or influenced by a substance.
Maybe 8 things or reasons for making choices , but not 8 restrictions.
Making a a choice can distort the previous decision ?
How so .
Example ???
Yes very new here. Been putting a system together for the last 6 months. Lurking and learning.
What I wrote is obvious to most, just thought it would be useful to quantify. 
If I choose a 10 watt tube amp, I am limiting my speaker selections. Or should be. 
Maybe restrictions was a poor choice of words. Limitations? Both words may be an affront the ego. 
Choices are sometimes made with reasons. Is it worthwhile to examine those reasons? Is it so hard to place those in a context of limitations? 

Someone here began his system with a pair of 40k Wilson's, then powered them with a receiver. Interesting decision for sure, but I get it. 
jpwarren58, in this endeavor, economics is always the determining factor; unless you are good friends with, or related to someone who's involved in the manufacture of audio gear or who owns a stereo store. More than a few posters on here are self described experts with more than fifty years experience in audio, and some you could say have one year of experience fifty times. Bottom line; get what "you" think sounds good at a price you can live with. 
Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead! Faint heart ne’er won fair maiden. Necessity is the mother of invention. 😛
number 8 is actually the number one critical aspect.

finding neutral and real the context of not being able to isolate that function or aspect in the given single item.

That is the heart of the entire thing, and where 99.99 percent (or higher) of audio folks screw up.

they buy out of kilter audio gear and each addition restricts quality and dynamics, like a chain meal of less and less making it to the final acoustic output into the room.

There is very high chance, as in about 100%, that anyone and everyone here...has dumped excellent, properly built neutral gear ... out of their system - and sold it off, as it did not fit with the other ’unrealized as bad choices’ audio gear.

There is NO center point or anchor point in any of it, for the individual... so this problem abounds, to an insane and ubiquitous level.

Measurements can’t fix it, nor have they shown that their framing of it is functional.

Step one: define the problem. spend the vast majority of your time here.

Searching for the correct audio gear: a few minutes compared to the lifetime of pondering step one.

I love AG Forms for taking the boring times during the day and making then interesting. 
I suppose my disposable income is a restriction.In the other hand it's an enjoyable challenge to work within a moderate budget.
Wow your in a world of audio hurt.Not me I'm on top of the world!!
Buy what you can afford ... then just tweak the bejeezus out of it. Problem solved.
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Welcome, I agree with several of your points. We all have to work around those barriers, no doubt!

This site is a wealth of expertise. If you have most any question, you can generally find the answer in the forums. There are some helpful fellow audio enthusiasts here, too. Viridian has been around a while and is very helpful.

If you enjoy discussing the hobby with others AudioKarma is a very friendly and helpful community. 

Been buying hi fidelity gear since 1968.  I am still in the learning curve.  Since my retirement in 2013, budget has been a problem.  Ebay has been good for my budget.  I seldom sell equipment, never sell broken or junky gear.  I do give equipment away, sometimes a complete system.

A hearing test only tests up 10k.  My hearing aids only correct within a limited range up to 10k.  Two different providers told me the industry only test up to 10k-go figure.  I can hear the attack of the cymbals but not shimmer and decay.  This does not stop me from buying good affordable high quality equipment.

Research and due diligence prior to the purchase of any piece of equipment, for me, is a must.  Also type in problems on the computer....with name and model of brand.  Read as many reviews as possible.  I listen to a set of Martin Logan Clarities and various Magnepan planars.

I find Audiogon a richly rewarding source of good information.  And like cars and phones, we all like different gear.  The only question to me is, does your equipment make you happy?  5 years ago upgraditus bit me hard, now, not so much.

I’m in a similar situation with my hearing. My system has to be pretty lively these days. (I’m sure playing drums for many years didn’t help.)

Speaking of gear and budget, I was told there are hearing aids that can restore high level hearing, but they are not common and are pricey. Again, I was told this and can not vouch for it.

You hit the nail on the head, your gear should make you happy!

I don’t know. I think my system is fabulous, and I’m not being bottlenecked by limitation. I guess I’m missing out on the life of a long suffering audio enthusiast. 
Thanks Joe, Interesting thoughts. I like your methodology. I think we weigh all those factors when we look at upgrades, but certainly some overrule others.

I felt the original post was interesting and thoughtful. For me, the post describes exactly why there are so few people who pursue this hobby. It's expensive, it's technical is an unfriendly way (experienced people can't agree on what designs sound good), it takes up a lot of room, and it requires a tolerant spouse (unless you've got a dedicated room your partner can't watch TV when you're playing loud music). The one thing that Joe didn't mention is that there are a lot of people in this hobby who are assholes. If one is going to dive into this hobby one must have a high tolerance for jerky behavior. I think that partly explains the dearth of women audiophiles.

I wouldn't call the choices issue a restriction, however. It's more an issue of philosophy. In my case I seem to prefer the sound of less sensitive conventional speakers and I have a 185 lb. Krell amp (1200 watts @ 2 ohms) to drive them. A friend offered to sell me his hard-to-drive Thiel CS6 speakers and because I had the power to run them I jumped at the chance. I will never be an 8 watt SET guy.

Anyway, if Joe remains as introspective as his post indicates high-end audio will be a rewarding adventure. Coming into this hobby with a philosophical curiosity plus an appreciation of the trade-offs we weigh with every decision is a large part of the fun, at least for me.
Thanks 8th note,
I am a veteran of some tough forums...boating, fishing, pipes....yes tobacco pipes. I try not to rise to the bait. 
My system journey is just beginning. I have realized two things so, the spouse is there and none too tolerant.
Second, Murphy has been my constant companion since birth tubes for me!
Some of the tubes in my amplifier are nearly as old as me, and I’m 65. Murphy hasn’t even knocked on the door.  Besides, I can much more easily replace a tube than an integrated circuit or some other ss device.
If you gave me a toy block set, I could not get the square peg in the square hole. Furthermore I would damage both the hole and the peg. And on top of that if I went to purchase you a replacement set and given two new sets to choose from, I would choose wrongly.
Joe, I feel you're being too hard on yourself. We've all had Homer Simpson moments but hopefully they are all instructive and educational. Hang in there.