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I am curious as to how and when those who are regular participants in this forum decide to upgrade...
I was [and perhaps still am] in the camp that when something new comes out I would upgrade but I am beginning to rethink this approach because it is become ever more costly due to i) the decreasing prices of used electronics and ii) the increasing rate of change [i.e. projectors are upgraded on a near yearly basis]...
It is one thing -- and I do not want to leave either a bad or the wrong impression here -- to upgrade a $2,500 receiver every year but a very different thing to upgrade a $20,000+ audio processor, projector, etc. every year [note: kudos to Lumagen for keeping my RadianceXE current].
There are a number of different approaches / strategies that come to mind which include:
1. Upgrade whenever something new a new / upgraded model comes out. This has the benefits of always being current and getting the most for used gear but the downside of being costly.
2. Upgrade whenever a material improvement becomes available which could be a while given that it this forum we are talking state-of-the-art technology which, in practical terms, means that I would like next upgrade my projector when 4k became common place with 4k native material.
3. Upgrade at defined / fixed time intervals [i.e. every 3 years]. This has the benefits not being obsessed with the latest and greatest and [likely] being reasonable from a cost perspective [i.e. balance between cost of new equipment and value of used equipment] but the downside of being "somewhat" dated.
To keep things simple I am focusing on equipment and not the larger -- and obviously more complicated -- issue of redoing a room.
Very much looking forward to your responses...
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