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What I eventually would want:
I’m totally happy with what I have now. I have a Camry and appreciate its reliablity. It is problem-free. I have friends with BMW’s and I appreciate the way they perform. So I guess you could say my system is a blend of the Camry and BMW, which is fine by me. There’s no need to spend more.
This thread made me think of how important reliability is in an audio system and with cars, and what the cost of repair would be. I don't think I would ever buy a really expensive piece of audio gear or a car without having a good idea of it's reliability. I've been through gear and cars that kept breaking and don't want to go there again, which is why I would be hesitant about buying anything exotic. My friend bought a Porsche Turbo and was paying $900 just for an oil change. There's plenty of audio gear that costs at least that much to ship and perform a simple repair. I went through that with a Meridian processor.
I could probably have this
while still only dreaming of this
When in reality, as long as we're fantasizing, I would go for the Singer.
At full retail, I could have one of these with some change left over:
With the leftover change, I'd have this one for occasional desert excursions:
Then again, I could have one of these:
Or, for leisurely Sunday morning jaunts through the canyons, perhaps this:
"1979 Zastava 750S(the performance exhilarates)"You could not stretch for Luxe?
Exhilarating performance-wise, I know a man who used to tune his and everyone was making fun of him. Then he got caught (radar) and police claimed he was going 205 km/h. At first, he wanted to argue as it was impossible, but then he agreed to pay as long as they gave him a written proof that was his speed. It was a small price to pay for bragging rights.
expensive bicycle lol
I began with a pr of BW towers a Sony Carosel CD changer and a Sony ES HT receiver, or essentially a 1981 F150 300ci straight six PU.
once I landed here things improved.
some BAT gear, Von S towers and a Sony SCD xa 777 or IOW, a 2000 Crown Vic loaded.
a while later it ended up pretty much as a loaded 300 series BMW, or a used 500 series, also loaded, i.e., $35 to $40K. MSRP
now its back to basics and a very well and often used Hundai that smokes a little bit. lol
I could live quite easily with something in the $75 to $100K MSRP area. An Audi A6? Dodge Charger Hell Cat? nope. maybe a lux SUV. if it has a trailer hitch of course. gotta be able to pull some kind of water craft, jet ski, bass boat, hmmm, horse trailer?
given how Integrated amps are progressing, maybe a whole lot less! perhaps a brand new Subaru Outback.
I don't know what the future holds, but I do know who holds it. gonna have to wait and see what He has in mind.
@glupson - The 750S’ added 5HP(over the base model) was a already a scary step, with all that blistering performance. It’s been my experience, as vehicles get fancier/more luxurious, they put on weight(hubcaps, chrome, carpet, etc). Performance being about power to weight ratio; I want to avoid that, or I might add some aero-effects. ie: https://barnfinds.com/1979-zastava-750-abarth-wannabe/ Looks slippery, no? I WAS considering eyelashes, just for the aesthetic value.
FYI... and just because for clarity sake....
the car you post is the supposed equivilant of the cost of your stereo rig.
yeah.. I did say what would or could you shoot for, figuring on reasonable real world expenditures you can and will make going forward to escalate your current outfit.
otherwise, in I ain't ever gonna get there land, I'd opt for a buggatti or McClaren.
... and renting some track time at 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, just up the road from here a bit.
About 45 minutes ought to be enough to remove most of the right side of the body and frame from hugging the wall for 2 and a half miles.
check that. maybe only 15 minutes would work.
naw... I'd rent the track for a whole hour and have someone drive the ??? as fast as it could go first.
then... I'd slide into the drivers seat and find the wall.. suddenly.
hmmm. Bonneville is looking much better.
no walls. just a long walkk back. lol
then too if I'm still on the Fantasy Salt Flats, wonder if I could rent Mr. green's Thrust SSC. in '96 he revved it to 763 + MPH!!! that record stands yet today for steerable land driven vehicles.
however, I've always had a penchant for the Shelby Cobra 427CID ' Super Snake. there is only one all original model left, and I hear a bit over 5mil takes it home.
of course then 5 mil should fill out half a dozen uber 'spensive CNO audio systems.
Zastava 750 was a well-known race car. Yep, you read it right. Check around 3:30 and onwards for some "eye candy". It is from the movie about it.
I have three systems that are fairly serious. Don't think I paid retail for anything in any of them.
Ditto for all but one of my cars - anyone that buys new retail is a dope unless there are supply issues that support that decision. (Current fleet = 09 Solstice coupe, 07 BMW Z4M coupe, 71 Jensen Interceptor, 62 MG, 58 MG, and 56 MG. Recently sold 65 Jensen, 69 MGC and 69 Lamborghini. None of these cars except the Solstice were bought new.
Whenever I see threads like "What turntable should I buy for $2000?" my response is always 'What someone else paid $4000 for not long ago.
Had I paid full retail my bill for power amps in one system would have been about $12k and the speakers in another system would have set me back ~$60K. Have to be crazy to do that.
If pushed to compare systems with cars, I suppose my main system would be an (old) Lamborghini, another would be BMW M car and the third would be something like vintage Jag (sorry, can't relate to American cars as I've never lusted after them, with only two exceptions.