On a Nautical Swan -- a 47 foot sailboat yacht that sails up and down the West Coast and the South Pacific.
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Right where I am. LOL
No need to go anywhere. Everything is avaiable nearly anywhere.
I can buy stuff online, and it is here in a few days. Anywhere in the USA.
So I do not think I need to locate the Audiophile heaven.
I am living in in my little apartment right now. Nice but CHEAP,so I can buy more audio goodies. Temperature -5F tonight, outside, Warm and cozy listening to Lester Young.
I'm considering Chattanooga, TN area.
Because It is 12 hours or less from almost every major city
west of the Rockies (excluding, unfortunately, Minneapolis/St. Paul).
Why is this important for Mr. Audiophile?
Because he can travel to many, many equipment demos at
audio dealers (assuming there are any in the future).
This should keep me busy.
Also, the city Fathers and Mothers have thoughtfully
wired the entire city with fiber optics making for dy-no-mite internet speeds (remember, downloads are the future).
Finally, TN is an income-tax-free state (but does have 9% sales tax -even on food).
I'm headed just a little north of Dweller's spot. Maryville TN. But not for the music or the gear. Its all about the mountains and my passion for hiking, which is at least on a par with my passion for music. That said, looking out of my front window in winter and listening to Ein Alpen Symphony should just about do it. Soon my friends, soon! 18 months and counting.
i find it very curious that there have been a lit of threads regarding subjects which are not audio related.
i find it interesting because implicit in the thread is that audiophiles are somehow "different" than other people.
is there any reason to single out audiophiles as to their favorite watches, cars, places to live and other similar issues ?
The final retirement haven for Direct Drive devotees would be the Timeline thread on audiogon. The theory is promulgated that an intermittent flashing light on a wall once every revolution proves that the platter has maintained speed at every point in between. This notion provides comfort and solace that one has acquired the best turntable in the world.
Mr. Tennis, I know personally 2 people who would spend 35K on a 2 channel audio system, and I am one of the two. This audiogon community presents me with a plethora of guys who have or would spend that much or more on a 2 channel audio system. So yes, we are different from other people. We are in some ways wired just a bit differently than others, who are perfectly satisfied with a $35 boom box bought on a whim from K-mart, which they find more than adequate to play their "fuzzy warbles."
The reason for these threads is that we desire to benchmark with our pears, with respect to non-audio but still important life issues. Yes, I care what Schubert and Lowrider and others think about non audio issues. Ease up my friend, and do not discourage this type of dialogue.
+1 Zd542, that is exactly what I was thinking. LOL!
Maybe I could have retired to some exotic location if I hadn't funneled all of my disposable income into this hobby for the last 38 years. LOL!!
As it stands now, I will simply be retiring to the sweet spot, as others also seem to have mentioned. :)
I just retired and picked up a nice vacation apartment in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico. I left my A system at home in California but brought a pretty nice set up with me.
Not having other equipment on hand I don't have the urge to change anything. It is quite nice to stop obsessing about every last detail and just enjoy the music. I must admit that there is benefit to having to stay with the one you took to the dance.
I don't know when I will see another Audiophile magazine or go to a trade show etc. but that is just fine because the finest sound in Cabo is the sound of the ocean by far.
"Yes, because soundstage won't matter on headphones when you're "soaking in the view!"
Yes, and people downsize most everything else when they retire so why not the stereo system?
I suppose not doing so will be the ultimate test of just how hard core an audiophile we each still are when we retire.
Stare at beach? Listen to music? Probably both for me, but not necessarily concurrently.
Mrtennis, Your earlier post of which I responded to was fully in jest out of respect.
I fully understand and agree with your current question. I grew up in the Antique business, so I well understand the mind of the collector. I was drawn to this site to educate myself on "hi-fi" since I was ready to build a system of which I had dreamed of since I was very young.
I sense a Camaraderie and respect for a number of members here of good character of which I feel they also display in their everyday lives. Given that scenario it is almost inevitable that the conversation will deviate to other areas where opinions are held in high regard.