i think room expense is the 3rd area.
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Easy. Gear, room, media. I never apologize for putting the vast amount of my resources into the rig and room. I wouldn't have the experience I do when listening if I'd not focused on the goal of the best musical reproduction I can afford.
I feel justified for not having spent tens of thousands on media; for $12.95/mo I have the world of music through the rig I poured my capital into.
Many are the audiophiles who have blown far too much on lousy media they never listen to, who would have a far more enjoyable experience had they put that money to work on the development of the system.
many music downloads from .99 to 4.99
My guesstimate may be off a bit (o:
I'm guessing my average cost per CD is higher than $15 because I have many, many high quality CD's that bump the average up.
Soon enough myself and everyone other disc buyer will have a pile of plastic that will fetch pennies on the dollar at flea markets as another format will be undoubtedly be the new standard of the day - and I don't mean FLAC, etc.
..and so it goes.
400 CDs, mostly classical; about half of them second-hand from one of the numerous stores within walking distance. Average cost $10 at a guess, so 4 Gs.
3000 LPs, some inherited, some gifts, some dragged around for years (Workingman's Dead!) but most bought at fire sale prices from the same second hand stores, at the time when deluded folks were selling their collections to go digital. Average cost $4 at a guess, so 12 Gs.
Main system actual cost about 12 Gs last time I checked but that's for current items. Does not count money spent and lost on resale / upgrade. I've broken even often enough but expect a loss normally. This maybe up to 4Gs over time.
Puts the outlay about even, gear = music.
An audio audit... super.
All the gear or just two ch gear?
MSRP or actual?
I'll have to take my shoes off for this.
Over $20K gearwise, in actual cost, easy! Probably closer to $25K.
Up around $7-8K in software, non inclusive of older LPs... pop & rock from the '60s & '70s, I've no clue as to how much they're worth really is. Call it $2K.
how much would 450+ DVDs come out to? Add that in then.
... and I still need a few more items in the gear side of things. Mostly wires and an Oppo BR. then there is that 'headphone' system I'd like to investigate too.
...and the room? Add on another $10K there easily... so far.
Hey... this little adventure is getting expensive.
Crap! I bet BR discs are higher than DVDs too. Lovely.
OK. I'm sufficiently astonished.
Thanks for the reminder.
I enjoy the music with lots of different ways:
Home audio: including analogue rig and headphone setup $6k
Music and musical instruments:
Guitars, amps, pedals $2k
CD's $2k (always varies since they're being bought and sold on ebay)
Dowloads mostly free
Concert tickets $500 -- $1000 anually.
Jam sessions with band mostly without spending on the rehersal space, but still enjoying music.
Jam sessions with instructor near $1000 anually.
Music (mostly classical):
-- 600 LP's: $5K
-- 100 CD's: $1K
System (take your pick as to which number to use):
-- Actual investment in current system: $13K
-- Actual investment including gains/losses on equipment sold: $18K
-- Total msrp of current system: $19K
-- Total msrp of current system, inflation adjusted: $34K
The reason for the high inflation adjusted figure is that the system includes components from each of the last 6 decades, ranging from a 1954 REL Precedent tuner to a 2008 Bryston BCD-1.