Originally Posted by filecat13
IME, many people who have upgraditis don't really upgrade as much as they change what they have. Some new ID company or hi-fi mag or Internet forum will say the Phantom Pulsar X-1 is the best new model on the planet. Threads start (often by manufacturer shills) stating that the LaserStar Speaker Company that makes them has better service than all the old school companies, and the bang-for-buck is amazing because they're ID, and that's real wood raped right out of the rainforest on the cabs (even though you've never heard of it), and the drivers are engineering marvels (pulled from the Seas parts bin), and...
They don't stick with JBL or any one brand as much as follow marketing trends, and they move so fast that they can't remember what the last two systems sounded like anyway.
There's also the WAF, which is how I got my first complete Performance Series set for $2k, all NIB except for the PC600. He took it out, she said "No," it went back to the upstate NY Synthesis® dealer, and a week later it was on its way to me. At least two other times I got Performance Series gear from guys whose wives wanted "tiny cubes" instead of those big, black boxes. (Bless you, Bose, for selling tiny speakers.)
Also, a very few went the Revel route, but more like lower level Revel, which is not IMO an upgrade, but if you have upgraditis, it is a change.
WELL, I've never had WAF to contend with, even when I was married, and I won't when I get married again.
And every time I bought new speakers IT WAS an upgrade.
Some bookshelf speakers in the PX ~ EPI ~ L55 ~ L212 ~ biased L212 ~ PT800.
B212 ~ SUB1500. The only time I bought speaker that was less, was a single PB12 sub. It was good for the LFE channel, but crap for music.
AS one can see, since 1969, I have not done very many upgrades. I never figured I really needed too, I went many years between upgrades.
I see some of these ID companies as selling junk. Some are good. And I don't care about "bang for the buck" as much as care about quality. But that puts me in the minority, from what I see most people buy.
I do agree, that going from JBL to Revel is not always an upgrade. I would say the PT800 is better than the Revel M22. Just recently a poster on the Revel thread bought a pair of PT800, at my suggestion, to replace the M22. And after, he mentioned the PT800 was a much better surround speaker than the M22.