No one that's been bitten by the audio nirvana bug is ever completely satisfied. Temporarily yes, but never forever. There is always that "new" piece to try, that tweak everyone is raving about, that cable that touts ecstacy. It never truly ends. Technology evolves and improves.
The best we can hope for is taming the bug and staying satisfied with what we have. Good luck and happy listening.
Gillatgh is right - - you best start avoiding all forums, magazines, etc. or the demon will rise up in you again!
It's great to have a system together that you clearly enjoy. I am pretty much to that place now, too.......just need a couple of cable adjustments, get that turntable set up sussed out, decide on the phono preamp......just a few more details........
I hear I hear all of you. I just realize that you better enjoy it. 2 audio friend deaths last year. These guys chased it for about 20 years each. I realize that changing stuff left and right only ensures that you get sucked deeper in. I’m listening to more new jazz releases and I’m gonna focus on content. Even though I would love to try those hidiamond6 speaker cables. It ain’t gonna happen. I’m going off the needle. No longer gonna tap the vein! Lol. I got a 3 month old baby girl giving me goofy looks. That’s where I’m using my money. Not the next over priced cable or component
Lol. Man I been to the top. I heard soulutions electronics with raidho d5 with all anzus top of the line cabling. I almost flat lined. But I realized when you die they sell all your stuff at a discount and your audio buddies call dibs on your stuff and it all over. So I will stop and enjoy what I got!
I got to that point some years ago after picking up my Sophia 2's. Now, it's just replacing things that break. My Meridian 557 amps I loved, died, one by one, and aren't repairable (Meridian tried, but parts are obsolete). Tried a number replacements then settled on a Meridian G55 I run bridged. Happy again!
There are a lot better sounding systems out there, but retirement beckons, and they just aren't worth the money when I'm happy with what I have, and the ears are definitely not improving with age :-)
Calvin - You made a good move. I failed to get together a good system before baby number 1, in 1987. Not until 2000, after two more kids, did I realize I had both the time, the space and the spare change to build a modest system I could enjoy. Now, I have a system I enjoy a great deal, and continue to accumulate music (there is so much good stuff out there, old and new). Money is tight once again, so major upgrades are off the table. But I am happy enough with my rig as it is that I don't really mind. I might move to a better, more modern DAC at some point, and a higher quality server, like your Melco, is on my list of things to save for, but I enjoy every minute I can spend listening to my music on my current system. That doesn't mean I think more money wouldn't get me even better sound; only that I can enjoy what I have without worrying about getting even better gear. And that does not stop me from being active in on line forums or my local audio club. This remains a fun hobby for me, rather than merely an obsession.
I'm happy with the major components I have. I've only been making small changes at times by trying a few affordable power cords, and a few interconnects with-in my secondary system.
Calvin, children are very important, be involved in every facet of their life because they grow up and gone; on their own faster than one thinks ;-)
I see my daughter is 3 months and is running my life already. Lol my new boss. Look, I have decided to be happy with what I have. My system costs good used luxury car. I’m gonna quit chasing and enjoy. Yup I would love that new soulutions integrated 330 but at what cost? A couple years of college. 5 vacations, a full redo of all the home electronics etc. etc? I have a top Dac, a great CD player. A server that punches above it weight. A great integrated and speakers that only 5 or 10people in the whole United States have. Great cabling and I can stream tidal! Plus when I move I have heard this system in another room with carpet and when I get my dedicated room with carpet and some room dampening this system gives you goosebumps. I have to thank my buddy who died. He found most of the stuff and Charles Threatt was a crazy obessesive audio junkie! But I got to give it to him. I have audio joy now! Look equipment is only part of it. You have to allow yourself to get off the merry go around and enjoy
Hi calvinj, Always believed high fidelity cable's sounded thin and mechanical, very good that you moved on to more satisfying cable's. I will never forget that you told me that your friend that owned the audio store that past away owned the best system you ever listed to in your life time was a system out fitted with Tara Lab's cable's, good luck ole friend, enjoy the new baby, congratulations 🍺🍹🍸🍷🥃.
It’s been a crazy run. High and lows. I just hate that two of my top audio listening friends are no longer with us. David Baskin of design audio video passed away and my friend Charles Threat. Those guys were obsessive and allowed me to hear and evaluate a lot of gear through the years. I’ve learned to be patient and enjoy what I have. I have learned a little discipline as well. Allow yourself to listen and enjoy instead of trying to upgrade all,the time.
KR Audio va900 integrated amplifier. Resonessence Mirus Pro Dac, Gato FM6 speakers. Modwright Sony es5400 tube CD player. Melco N1A server. Atlas mavros speaker cables, clarity cable interconnects to the Mirus. Clarity power cables. Hi fidelity reveal ic and power cord on the CD player. Rel 212se subwoofer just added (couldn’t turn it down)
That's great that you found something you are happy with in only 10 years. I started almost 50 years ago now, but I am finished now.
You can check out my system at the above link in the Virtual Systems.