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Is HiFi a Sickness??

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17 minutes ago, Pieface said:

Yes...but you will most likely need to do that in a darkened room by yourself too 😱 

There are other approaches - bright lights and mirrors... 

 

...and groupies

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22 minutes ago, jeromelang said:

...and groupies

 

Will make for some interesting GTG's and bring new meaning to 'hogging the sweet spot'  :lol:

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I don't think it is. One reason is that I spend little money on it.

I wait till I see what I want for the price I want then go for it.

I gave it up for 12 years and got back into it in 2017.

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16 hours ago, Marc said:

Of course it is. Today's delivery of my purchase of a 'must have'. :(

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Have the K2s gone?  

 

I hope recovery is going well.  I remember getting pretty carried away with toys when I was stuck in bed/on the couch for months.

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One way I have found to fight the addiction is to identify what gear I want through demos & listening sessions and then jot them down in a wish list document.  Then I setup my email alerts and wait 12 months or so for a second hand gear to become available here or ebay, or tradein deals are announced with my regular stores. 

 

I find it calms me down to know what my upgrade paths are, and that I have to wait for the right moment.  Sometimes I have moments of wanting to walk into a store and slap down my credit card on something new, but mostly I find the above approach keeps that at bay.   Then I can just focus on listening to music and getting the most from my current system until my time comes to upgrade. 

 

PS Does anyone have a Nordost Red dawn 2m power cable they aren't using? :)  

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Another thing people collect a lot of is the music itself, if you listened to a different album whether it be a record, Cd or digital file per day how many years would it take to listen to everyone you have? If it's more than a few..........................

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2 hours ago, Buffle said:

Have the K2s gone?  

 

I hope recovery is going well.  I remember getting pretty carried away with toys when I was stuck in bed/on the couch for months.

No way. The K2s were recently placed into the extreme corners of the room (as per a photo I found on the 'net of Greg Timbers own room and K2 placement) and they're divine! Not going anywhere (this week).

 

The L100s are one of those iconic products I just had to own and will go into a new section of our home for all the family to enjoy once our renovation is complete. 

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So this sickness is wide spread and more serious than what I initially thought, hey I'm not alone with this thank god,  love reading all the replies and this place really is a nut house. now I must win Lotto to help me get what I really want, that or give up my other interests!!

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I hate doing auditions in store, and just want to buy something, but the mind keep telling me to spend my money wisely and do my research which is exhausting and driving me crazy. In the mean time I can't sit still to listen to music as I constantly have to tweak and tinker with it, or I just have to tap my feet or start dancing when it sounds good.

In the best scenario, I have ADHD, and it can be cured with a pill, in the worse case I am an audiophile, and that can only be cured with a pockets so deep as hell itself, and I will end up living in a cardboard box, because else, there isn't enough room under my roof to store all equipment.

It's not an addiction unless you have reached absolute rock bottom.

I have ADD too- it’s no doubt part of it, noting above that our key term “Dopamine “ has popped up

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On 23/04/2019 at 9:31 PM, Marc said:

Or when one has barely left the house for 3 months since my accident, my excuse.... and I'm sticking to any justification I can!! :)

It's a shame I can't get them out of the boxes though!

Where are you I’m good at unboxing🤪👍🍺

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Hi-fi is not a sickness for mainstream society. People can buy home theatre systems at different price levels, or perhaps just a sound bar.  More serious folk may audition and purchase speakers separately, and team them up with a good quality standalone AVR.  CDs can be played using a Blu-ray player, or music can be streamed from the internet.  

 

People merely wanting decent hi-fi audio quality can obtain it as outlined above.  They can spend what they are comfortable spending, and can play music at home when they wish. There is no wailing, or gnashing of teeth, required to achieve the goal of being able to listen to recorded music at a decent quality level.

 

This forum though caters in part for those with niche interests, such as specialised DACs, specialised power cords, or specialised turntable tonearms.   Pursuing these sorts of niche interests can turn into a never-ending quest for perfection, and an obsession.

 

However even those audiophiles without highly developed niche interests may still feel pressure not to use a Blu-ray player to play a CD. There is long-standing audiophile "lore" that a DVD player could not possibly play a CD at high quality. If that lore is accepted at face value, the question then becomes, "what is a good enough player?".  And then there is the question of what is good enough as an interconnecting cable. These sorts of questions can lead the audiophile down a slippery slope of never being confident their system is "good enough". 

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Hi all EHD (extreme hobby disorder) sufferers.

Funny how we all found this place.

 

 

For me my system has stayed reasonably static for years. 

But my main itch is source components and power which I have managed to keep under control for many years now. Though I have come close to falling of the wagon many times.

Luckily I have stayed strong (read no access to funds) when the urge occasionally hits.

 

 

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Hi all EHD (extreme hobby disorder) sufferers.
Funny how we all found this place.
 
 
For me my system has stayed reasonably static for years. 
But my main itch is source components and power which I have managed to keep under control for many years now. Though I have come close to falling of the wagon many times.
Luckily I have stayed strong (read no access to funds) when the urge occasionally hits.
 
 
You just need to set up multiple bank accounts and stash the cash, works for me!

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No question it's a sickness. Seems to afflict those with the 'collector' OCD gene more than others, but a sickness none the less.

 

Why spend 3 years worth of Spotify subscription costs on a single rare LP? Coz collector gene.

 

They have this in all hobbies by the way. We're small fry compared to the money dropped in the coin collecting market. 

 

All that being said, who cares? If it brings such joy and happiness into your life (as it does for me), who are others to judge.

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I think the reason many are afflicted with "the sickness" is they get stuck into a cycle of upgrades that don't really work.

These upgrades usually seem to work initially but they're especially likely to not work so well after the honeymoon period has worn off.

The same old acoustical room related issues are there whether one spends $500 or $500,000.

Of course there are products which are designed to (somewhat) handle room related issues but they're generally not popular; practically a niche market within a niche market.

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29 minutes ago, Satanica said:

I think the reason many are afflicted with "the sickness" is they get stuck into a cycle of upgrades that don't really work.

 

Totally agree with this. you do get into the law of diminishing returns pretty quickly.

 

This is why my advice would always be to go hard straight up, don't ***** foot around. That way you won't end up with piles of second hand equipment that cost you a fortune that you can't sell.

 

Go hard or go home, then STOP and enjoy.

 

Easier said than done of course. There's always a better stylus to try out.....

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