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tgrisham, sounds like a potential 'audiophile hell'...
First thing that would happen is your spirit/ghost decides on an upgrade.
Second, a potential 'system glitch'; something 'skips', a 'locking groove', 'stutters', 'hummmmm', power loss....name your terror, it may await you.
Third, warranty coverage. I don't know of any techs that make 'house calls' to crypts....and who might make that call for service, anyway. I can hear That Call already, and the response on the other end of the call...
"You want us to do What?!"
It's like getting parts for the flying saucer in my garage....the parts are cheap, but the shipping is literally out of this world...;)
I usually tell my wife the real price of gear I take down to the Man Cave. But... I always have the total for my wife’s non-essential spending for the most recent quarter on hand. She is a sport-shopper, spending thousands on stuff we don’t need, because, you know, it was ON SALE! So, when she asks how much that new DAC costs, I tell her, "less than you spent at Kohl’s for the last three months." Boom. That’s the end of that conversation.
LMFAO! Fits perfectly. I always start stupid low but end up coming clean eventually......she came with me to THE SHOW in Newport....completely yanked my covers. I still find it more prudent to "seek forgiveness rather than permission". She has a rough time with the cable thing.....has cost me a lot of high end purses and shoes. :)
If you can't come clean with how much your system really costs, (and lots of us can't really divulge that information), write a note, seal the envelope and tell your wife - upon my death, please open this envelope. That way if she ever sells, she won't get ripped off.....
Funny, when I was married, I had to sneak my new gear into the house and set it up in the man cave when she wasn't around. Once it was in my system, she never seemed to notice what had changed. Now, my new girlfriend likes my hobby and is happy when I get new gear. What a gal!
Very funny, though true in many cases.
My wife and I have a "Do not ask, Do not tell" policy when it comes to our discretionary spending.
She has never asked what anything I buy costs, and I feel no compulsion to bring it up.
I do likewise with her "toys" of course.
She may occasionally bemoan the aesthetics of some of my purchases (WAF), but money is a non-issue.
Hopefully I get some time to "get my affairs in order". At least long enough to tell my sons to Google 'Hifishark', find the value, and sell it. If not, so be it.
I have seen many times where the woman would just haul the whole rig to a used audio store and get 5 cents on the dollar for the value.
They are still happy, the fellow is still dead. So I suppose it makes no difference.
@68pete , you will notice that lou_setriodes said "new girlfriend", not "wife".
I think most fellas will find girlfriends much more accommodating, in many ways, than wives.
Girlfriends still follow the 'what's your is yours' mantra, whereas many wives change over to the "what's mine is mine; what's yours is mine" mantra. ;^)
This is hilarious! But on the female side, my daughter has been told to look up the cost of my system if anything happens to me. To my husband's credit, I think he might continue to enjoy the system if I die before him. He doesn't know the exact prices I paid, but he appreciates the quality of what he hears. Only thing is, I'd better leave instructions how to use everything (though I think my oldest son could help him figure it out).
Funny thread. I've seen a couple of funny things in this regard. One time, when I visited a local store, I overheard an elderly gentleman talking with the store owner about making a fake invoice for the purchase. I proceeded past the pair into a listening room where an elderly woman was listening to the music. We struck up a conversation and she informed me that, at this moment, her husband was trying to get a fake invoice that he planned to present to her. She said that explained that her husband feels guilty about buying expensive gear so she plays dumb because he worked so hard all his life and she wants him to indulge in his hobby.
I know another couple whose husband has a top end Naim system. What he particularly likes about the Naim gear is that from bottom to top of the line, the stuff looks the same. As he "replaced" gear moving up the line, his wife would have no idea as long as he moved into the system when she was not at home.