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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    having spent the past 2+ years slowly and methodically building / upgrading my system, i must say that at this point i am really, really enjoying it. when listening critically, i no longer find myself thinking that i need to upgrade this component or that cable, etc. instead, i find myself thinking about things like the quality of the recording.

    honestly, i do not think embarking on another upgrade cycle would increase my listening enjoyment one iota. so, i may have reached my version of the proverbial end-game.

    however, that being said, the tinkerer/hobbyist/audiophile in me says this is a heck of a lot of fun -- keep going!!

    just curious how others here know when they have reached or will reach their end-game -- and once there what do you do?

    There is no end-game. For most people it is a matter of financial or mental exhaustion, recovery and expenditure once again to improve and upgrade and to keep the obsession/hobby/cycle going. Getting off the merry-go-round is possible and quite doable through self discipline. Whether one wants to or not is a different story. Have fun either way! What doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger!
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    just curious how others here know when they have reached or will reach their end-game -- and once there what do you do?
    When all the money is gone, and that you finally find solace in the simplicity of enjoying music listening in all humility and accommodation with frugality and science and senses and sensibilities.

    When you are close to Jeff Bezos' net worth.

    With the connection between your emotions and the artists.

    With the acceptance of who you are and not what you have.

    Following our own musical journey, without no destination home.
    The rest follows; listening with our deepest soul and sharing on audio/music forums with people like us, like you, like them.
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Mike, our administrator, what is the clue that says you're there @ the crossroad of audio REALM?
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthStar View Post
    When all the money is gone, and that you finally find solace in the simplicity of enjoying music listening in all humility and accommodation with frugality and science and senses and sensibilities.

    When you are close to Jeff Bezos' net worth.

    With the connection between your emotions and the artists.

    With the acceptance of who you are and not what you have.

    Following your own musical journey, without no destination home.
    Brilliant!
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Serge, it's nice to see you around.
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

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    Serge, it's nice to see you around.
    Hey Bob!
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    Hold on tight; a big wave is coming up ...
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    You know when you don't have to ask, because, you just damn well know there's no explaining what you "hear"!!

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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    The answer is simple. eventually just give up.
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    just curious how others here know when they have reached or will reach their end-game -- and once there what do you do?
    Simple. When you enjoy listening to music instead of your gear.

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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedudeabides View Post
    Simple. When you enjoy listening to music instead of your gear.
    agreed 100% 'Gordo' , the internet / forums have sensationalized and 'sexed' up the gear to where some forget about the music !
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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Thank you Dave. Best, Gordon

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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    You’ve reached your end game system when you go to the audio forums and all you look at are the new music threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oly View Post
    You’ve reached your end game system when you go to the audio forums and all you look at are the new music threads.
    I reached that stage but now I am wondering what am I missing from my favorite Jazz listening sessions without a $64,000.00 MIT Articulation Control Console... It's not easy being an audiophile!

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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Think about what else you could do with $64K.

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    Re: end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post

    ...if you were me, what would you aspire to do to get to a higher level of hifi performance along the same path i've been on? show me what i should be thinking about. and not being a smart ass, just curious where i still need to go.
    At this moment I couldn't tell you what my next move is, never mind recommending upgrades to other people. I know from considerable experience that In time you will most likely find source components that reveal sonic aspects to your favorite recordings that henceforth weren't readily known with your existing gear, that's one.
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    end game audio system -- how do you know you are there?

    In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain "hard-core" pornography, or what is obscene, by saying, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced... [b]ut I know it when I see it ..."
    That’s the answer to the original post.

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