"Diminishing Returns"

I have a relatively simple system in my smaller room. My system is made up of older gear.  My system consists of: a phenomenal pair of Revel Salon 2 speakers, Hegel H590 integrated amp, Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Streaming DAC, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, Audioquest Niagara 3000 conditioner, Audioquest & ATC power cables, JPS Labs speakers cables, Audioquest XLR interconnects, Shunyata Research ethernet cables, and an assortment of tweeks throughout my system. I get to hear all kinds of great sounding gear in all price ranges at my local dealers and also at the audio shows I attend every year. It’s nothing for todays manufactures to ask 30K, 40K, 100K for a pair of stand mount, bookshelf speakers. There’s such a wonderful, beautiful sea of great gears out there for audiophiles to choose from. However, the sound quality of my relatively simple audio system is so incredibly compelling and so incredibly satisfying and provides me with such a high level of musical bliss in my room, I just don’t have a desire to spend more. I’m sure there’s others out there who feel the same about their speakers/system.


The Law of diminishing returns is alive and well in the audio world. I don’t get spending multi thousand dollars for network streaming or DACs or turntable or worse, cables !... when for my ears, sub $1K equipment is ’good enogh’ For those that are chasing the holy grail, more power to them.. It’s not for me.. I enjoy what I have and prefer to save the incremental $ for retirement or other pursuits that frankly, have a much more positive financial ROI.

High audio is an addiction where you "think" more is better. Everyone has a point of audio satisfaction that maximizes their enjoyment.  Spending more will not necessarily increase that enjoyment.  The industry is designed to instill want and dissatisfaction. Resist!

You can buy one heckuva system spending $12-$15k buying used gear. I’m completely satisfied and frankly can’t justify spending more to gain a small amount of difference. “A man’s got to know his limitations.” - Dirty Harry 

Unless a piece of gear that is in place currently completely craps out, I too am satisfied and done chasing the audio dragon! Far too much money and time invested, and now it is time to savor...