Originally Posted by tsaville
No offense taken. I'm not the type of person who swaps out his gear every few months. I do a lot of research before purchasing, and generally keep my current system for at least 5 years or so. I don't think it's the nature of this hobby to find the "perfect" system and stick with it forever. What's the fun in that?
Wow, great question, you bring up a fantastic point.
Once my drive for superb loudspeaker playback capability was sated, ... yeah, you're right, the fun of the pursuit of the great speakers changes significantly. I no longer analyze whatever deficiencies exist in my speakers,..thinking "man if I only had this
. Perhaps those expensive ribbon tweeters, ...some killer bass, incredible holographic imaging, etc. Were I find my system now, certainly isn't without fault, but there are no deficiencies needing attention. It's essentially all there.
Making strides upward in capability from this point, would really cost a lot. Typically, as with many things, .. the curve is an exponential one. With my purchase of my current mains, bam .. all at once .. I'm a great deal of the way into diminishing returns. To elevate the system via new speakers, i.e; finding a product with all the capability of my current speakers
, ... however add other attributes. Maybe an additional a layer of inner detail, somehow better imaging, increased smoothness, greater transparency, ..whatever the characteristic is
, would be quite costly.
The fun seems to shift toward the pure enjoyment of the material.
Rediscovering one's music collection. Hearing new contemporary material in a manner similar to the way it was heard in the studio, ... at realistic levels, exciting levels. Superb speakers, properly set-up in the home, brings you so much closer to the performance. Imagine all the raw loudness of the recording, with no dynamic restrictions, no compression or limitation on clean output. Take those attributes and then strip away any colorations, distortions, completely wiping clear the window between yourself and the recorded event. Clarity, linearity regardless of output level. Over and over again, one discovers new detail previous unheard of during playback.
While enjoying movies, dialog is rendered crystal clear. Effects aren't just sounds, they actually achieve the intended effect. That is fully natural, uncompressed, and entirely realistic with wide and deep soundfield ... punctuated with startling detail. The full resolution of all the smallest detail in the soundtrack. Detail deemed important enough to the filmaking team that they spend days aquiring, recording, and mixing the exact sound that elicits the desired effect that ideally serves the visual content. All that precious detail .... fully resolved and reproduced with full dynamic impact intact ... realism
I've been a HiFi enthusiast since the 70's. My primary area of interest within the hobby has always been loudspeakers. I got into killer auto-sound in the 70's. I had a '76 Chevette w/Alpine ribbon tweeters, mid, woofs, and a dual coil 10" subwoofer. For home audio I've made my own, I've used Polk, JBL, Klipsch, my wife and I installed in-walls in our first home in the 80's. I've read everything I can find, and followed every major mfr. for decades. I've followed and read as much as I can on the smaller mfrs. as well. I've read countless books, and AES papers, including incredible groundbreaking work in the loudspeaker field, performed by industry giants that still today are investigating further into loudspeakers and acoustics. It's become obvious over time, that far too many enthusiasts, myself included, can get hung up on the gear. When in actually it's the room working in concert with the loudspeaker, .. this is where the gold is .. optimizing the loudspeaker/room interface.
Every room is different, and proper set-up and acoustic optimization of loudspeakers is essentially the entire battle. I see so many pooly config'd systems and rooms here at AVS, ... these are systems that the owner proudly displays and shares. I know the gear is sexy, I get it. But so much is to be gained from looking at the set-up and optimization, ... just the simple "low hanging fruit". These days, the technology, the materials, direct internet marketing, man good sound has never been cheaper or easier to attain. Our hearing is easily fooled, measurements are vital. For example, measuring gear like OmniMic, designed by my friend and fellow AVS'er Bill Waslo, is a powerful acoustic tool, yet it's so simple and easy. $300 spent on a product like OmniMic, could easily elevate one's system performance up to the next level and beyond. Truly, within a few minutes of the delivery to your door-step, you'll be taking real-time measurments, guiding every step, from that day forward with science
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Thanks and best of luck