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  1. #1
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    Hi AudioShark Folks

    I am new to the forum.

    I consider myself a "budget" audiophile. I enjoy listening to music on headphone over speakers, but found myself investing on speaker more due to the need of sharing the music with others...

    Over the years, I found that as long as people enjoying what they are listening, they don't necessarily care if they are listening the "right" or "perfect" setup.. It bothers me a bit but have to agree...

    What's the "value" of being or trying to become an audiophile?

    mmm...

    Anyway, happy to be here.

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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.

    You absolutely don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your music. I’ve come across many budget friendly pieces that sound wonderful.
    Joe

    Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M, JBL 590.

    Job INTegrated, Naim Supernait 2 w/ HiCap-DR.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre, Linear Tube Audio MZ2.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (X2), Luxman MQ-300, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos.

    Lumin U1 mini, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Welcome to the forum.
    I totally agree with joeinid, you can put together something economical and enjoy the music.

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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Welcome Aboard and enjoy your stay. Lots of variety here and even if you enjoy budget gear, it's a blast to follow along with the wonderful HE gear the members here have too.
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    Brian

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    Rotel 1072 CDP / Rega P3 > Luxman 505UX Mark II > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Synergistic Cables

    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > JM Labs Tantal 509s > Tara Labs Cables


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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Welcome. The value of being an audiophile is to enjoy the hobby. Great music and great gear.
    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Aqua Hi-Fi, Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), Bryston, Chord, Constellation Audio, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones & Loudspeakers, Furutech, Fyne Audio Loudspeakers, GigaFoil, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, HiFi Man, ISO Acoustics, Keces Power Supplies, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MIT Cables, MSB Technologies, MySonicLabs Phono Cartridges, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, Quadraspire, Roon Labs, Shunyata Research, SimAudio, Stein Music Products, Stenheim Loudspeakers, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    So much truth in all the above. However, having returned to the high end audio hobby after a 40+ year absence I have found it necessary to turn to trusted, experienced, and knowledgeable people for guidance. I shudder to think what I might have ended up spending without it. OTOH, had I been more experienced and knowledgeable with contemporary high end home audio I might have ended up not spending so much upon my return to the hobby...maybe.

    Yesterday, I did something I've managed to avoid for the last several months. I added up what I have spent and, additionally, am about to spend on the final pieces of my new audio system. I was actually a little shocked. So far, it's been kind of like closing my eyes and attempting to run across a busy street. But, had I been more knowledgeable I would have been more familiar with the countless brands and models of components and particularly the major bang for the buck components. This alone would probably have saved me a considerable amount of money. If you're detecting a little buyer's remorse you would be correct. I will have spent about 8 times my original budget. As I posted in another thread...I was so naive. I had and still have so much to learn.

    However, having the guidance I had almost certainly assures me of having a world class system.....the first time through. I would likely have had quite a bit of turnover of components which could have easily cost me even more in the end, had I tried putting together a system on my own. I've already changed my mind several times regarding which components to buy, often because of the good advice I received. Supplement all the advice and recommendations with reading reviews, forums, and comparisons, and all those things have contributed to my being able to make a much better informed decision on components for my system.

    One other thing that has been a positive factor in my decisions.....time. I started this adventure last February. It will conclude this coming January (2020) when I purchase the remaining components for my system. This alone has allowed me to sift through all the voluminous information on high end home audio. It has helped me to make the first time count.

    Making the first time count. I think I would be fooling myself if I thought I would never purchase another high end audio component. But I turn 70 this January. I'm in good health as far as I know. I go to the gym almost every day. I have longevity in my genes. My mother lived to just shy of her 99th birthday and was living independently when she passed away of a stroke. I also have "shortivity" in my genes. My father, a life long, heavy smoker, died just short of his 68th birthday. His parents lived to their late '80s. So, who knows? My point being, I'm hoping there will be less need for component swapping with my new system. After all, I don't know how much longer I'm going to be around. Maybe decades still? We'll see. So far, I woke up alive this morning. One more day to enjoy my favorite hobby, music.

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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Bluegrassphile, you should be set for life with what you have decided on. The only reason for a change would be curiosity most likely.
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    Brian

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    Rotel 1072 CDP / Rega P3 > Luxman 505UX Mark II > Dynaudio Audience 82s > Synergistic Cables

    Secondary - OPPO 93 > VAC CLA 1 MKII Pre > Odyssey Stratos > JM Labs Tantal 509s > Tara Labs Cables


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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Brian, I think you're right.

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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Welcome!
    Main System - Lumin U1, Modwright LS36.5 DM Preamp, EVS 1200 Amp, EMM Labs DAC 2X (ver. 2), Torus RM-20, Thiel CS 3.7s, 2 Rel Storm III subs
    Back-up 1 - Hegel H190 Integrated Amp/DAC, Integra DPS 6.9 Transport, 2 Richard Gray cond, Ohm Microwalsh Talls, Rel Strata III sub
    Back-up 2 - Sherbourn Pre-1, Mivera PurePowerSE Amp, Oppo UDP-203, Vansevers cond, B&W P6s, Sumiko S.5 sub

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    Re: Hi AudioShark Folks

    Welcome to AS!
    Jock

    If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.

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    House: Lumin U1, Studer A80/Doshi V3, Gryphon Diablo 300 w DAC, Magico M2s, 2 Magico QSub15s, Shunyata Sigma IC/SC/PCs, Denali/Typhon.

    Workshop: Lumin U1/BorderPatrol custom DAC, Border Patrol Pre and Power, Avant Garde Duo Mezzo XD, Magico Q15 subs, Shunyata IC/SC, Shunyata Triton V3/Sigma PCs.


 

 
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