Glad to hear you're doing well.
I'm really busy as major changes are at the horizon, some good some not so good. But life goes on and no matter what we always rebound, often times stronger than before.
Just posted on your avr thread... Nice breakdown of pros and cons and I did enjoy reading it!!
I know you got a little heat for wanting to bypass Mrs. on some of these av purchases and I'd like to stand with you and show my support by sharing a little story.
I had really been wanting that Pass Labs amp for the longest time, but couldn't get it through the approval dept. (read significant other) as it's a pretty pricey piece of gear.
So during a huge remodel we did, I went ahead a bought one (keep in mind: 120 lbs., box is huge!). It's in car outside. Driveway is about 100 ft from the front door, with about 10 total steps. 2 a.m. I wake up, go to the car, pull that thing out CAREFULLY so I don't ruin it while breaking my back in the process. Got a small rug and dragged it into the house on the rug so I don't make much noise. Once into the living room I put it underneath many cardboard boxes we had while the painters were getting ready to paint.
It sat there for at least 2 months during which time I occasionally mentioned I was going to get that amp soon.
Remodel was finished, we came to unpacking the bottom box. Man, you should have seen her face:"What is this Danny?""Errrr, amplifier??!?"
I couldn't help it and started laughing really hard, while she got mad for a few seconds, then she started to laugh. And so I got me a nice amp, and the cool thing is she actually enjoys listening to the system once in a while. She never said a word after that, and now I can buy stuff and I only need to tell her that the system will sound much better...
Had I followed the rules, I would be amp-less right now. It also helps that she can't keep a grudge for a long time...
So there you have it...