Originally Posted by no quarter
Ok, but as far as I know, you just went through several pairs of speakers recently...so you are not there either.
This exact reason, is why I keep searching for the holy grail, and one of the BIG selling points of Harbeth speakers, from almost every review I read, or see on YouTube is exactly that...you forget about analyzing the music, or gear, and just sit back and enjoy the music for hours on end.
Let me fill you in on a little secret.....there is no "holy grail". There will always be something new, some dealer trying to sell you a dream, some marketing rant that makes you question every decision you've ever made.
I am "there". Being "there" doesn't mean you never change anything. It means you aren't searching daily for something that doesn't exist. I've been on that merry go round. I enjoy what I have, and make smart educated decisions to lose no money when I move on.
I had my Contour 20's for more than a year ran by my MAC6700 fed by a Sony Z1ES and NOTHING changed. I sold my Contour 20's because I had the chance to break even before the market drops out, all while being happy with the S40's. The Special 40's and Contour 20's both get me "there". I may rebuy Contours in the near future if I run into a steal. My dealer gave me an offer I couldn't refuse to try the Evoke 20's, so I took it. I had no interest in giving them a whirl otherwise. No money lost. I found a deal on a Naim 5si recently that would allow me to DOUBLE my money if I chose to re-sell it, so I bought it. I love my MAC6700 and haven't even had the thought to sell it. I also enjoy the Naim, and the Sony Z1ES isn't going anywhere. So you see, not much has changed. I swapped speakers to the S40's and have a nice Naim backup amp. The S40's will stay unless I run into a smoking deal on used Contours, or new Confidence down the line.
That is much different than trading in one piece of equipment to try another. Essentially, dramatically changing your system in many ways to try something else. You are jumping from active to passive, from high quality amplification to 2 watt DAC's that aren't really meant to power speakers, and from tiny monitors to large floor standers. You can waste your whole life searching for something that doesn't exist, or find your lane, explore that lane, and get "there". A place where you turn on music and enjoy it, instead of continually looking for something else.
If you want a sound that makes you just sit back and listen, then I'd suggest you look at McIntosh gear as well. Honestly though, I'd say the same thing about Naim, but you've had a very nice Naim amp that you for some reason sold off. They both get you "there" in different ways. They both just play music and don't draw attention to themselves.
No one here can tell you how to spend your money, but you have to ask yourself why you are never happy. Every piece of gear you buy seems to lead to no more happiness than the last. This isn't criticism. It's just a view from the outside looking in.