Joe, I was merely trying to be courteous and invite others to share their experiences. Sometimes when two posters get into a friendly back and forth, for some reason other posters don't add any content. But to be clear about what we are discussing here, you are right. I was just thinking about the cost of components, and how much the value of audiophile components has differed over time.
I bought some used components to hook up my 30'x32'x10' outbuilding with sound, and looked up the equivalent value that these components cost the original owners when brand new. Not to belabor the point, but my Soundcraftsmen 5002 power amp originally cost $799 in 1978, and a pair of Dahlquist DQ 10's were $479 each in 1980. That total of cash outlay, would equate to $6,250 in today's dollars, and that's without the HK preamp, Marantz analog tuner, HK CD player, and Yamaha equalizer. I stopped looking at the values after those two components,, as I didn't need to see any more to convince me that people are willing to spend a lot of money on audiophile grade components, myself being guilty as charged.
My point being, there is a certain way to make up excuses to purchase high dollar audio gear. My wife may not agree to a point, like when I told her that I was saving $700 on an AVR, but in order to do so, I would have to act fast
in order to get the deal offered to me at the time. That's beside the point. I have found that with some gear, it is always going to cost more than you really wanted to spend, but I think you set yourself up for such an expenditure on purpose. That's getting a bit off topic, however.
My theory is that, over time, you will appreciate the bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing you spent a fair share of coin to pick up some excellent audio gear. I would rather have that Cheshire Cat grin than a disappointing frown every time you pick up the remote control to turn your system on.
Another thing I spent more than I can equate in my head is the FIIO X7 Mk II. If you haven't exposed yourself to a high quality DAP (Digital Audio Player) yet, you are in for a treat!I have had my wife tell me how much she enjoyed listening to my living room system while she is in the bedroom, staring at the T 758 that's powered down.
Each time I can coax a compliment out of her as to how good the system in the living room sounds, the more I can get out the Cheshire grin, and love every minute of it.