Originally Posted by keyboardcat
I know that I won't use all of my amps/receivers and speakers all at once, but for some reason I want more gear and want to upgrade. I find a place in the house to store the older gear that I am not using right now.I have read other peoples post on here that say they upgrade a lot also though. is upgrading addictive? Do you ever get a rush at finding sometimes incredible deals on gear? how can I be strong and turn down the good deals, when it is hard to resist buying it? Do any of you ever struggle with this? Do you keep your old gear till it's blown or usually sell it when you upgrade?
Oh my, yes! Without going too
far down this rabbit-hole...IMO, the nature of being an audiophile or enthusiast means a) the love of music
(hopefully, first and foremost), and b) the love of gear
If you love the gear; IMO, there's lot of good stuff out there...and who wouldn't want to try, this and that. Practically everything that either catches your eye, or peaks your interest. The detriment is dollars...but as you said; when you see a piece, at a good price...it's hard to resist. In the past...there was relatively little risk. If you knew the market, and bought reasonably; you could do an in-home
audition (the only real
way to determine if you can live with a piece, long-term, IMO), sell the "loser"...and hopefully not really lose your shirt in the process (or even gain
a few bucks; yes...I have seen lower price gear "beat" more expensive. Especially if you bought at a bargain to begin with).
How do you turn it down, and stop the cycle? Well...for one; I think (if it does
appeal to you in the first place; it doesn't, to all 'philes) you have
to go through it for a spell. I spent my time, trying LOTS of good brands. I have no regrets; without that experience, I think you're left to wonder...and that
leads to temptation. After you've been through it for a spell...it almost becomes like aversion
therapy, lol. You do...IMO...grow tired of the packing, unpacking, packing; shipping...swapping, etc. Which leads me to my second point: you can get caught up, and make it too
much about the gear.
When you're constantly swapping in and out; you're always in listening
mode. Is this better? How's the bass? Which piece throws the deepest sound-stage, etc. You say "what is there, if there's not listening
"? Enjoying! I find...when I'm trying too
much gear; I'm not really paying attention to the music
. Sure...I hear it; but it's almost as if it's a vehicle for trying-out the system. No good. Remember: love of music
, is supposed
to be first and foremost.
Just my .02, on a subject which is obviously near and dear to my heart. Oh, and one other thing; Audiogon...ain't nearly what it used
to be. Really took the piss out of trading gear for me; and for that, I am grateful.