How good is good enough?


Most of us here cannot afford six figure prices for each component (assuming that will bring the best sound.) So how far do we want to go to improve our systems? There are always bigger fish. When does it stop? It stops when we say it stops, when our gear brings us satisfaction. To constantly strive for better sound is an endless quest, not necessarily based on the quality of our set but on our personality.

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Some people here double down as if it was a game and ask and even thanks for never being satisfied ,😁 is it not incredible ?

It is like in front of a rational task to do and asking to do the same mistakes  without end ...

Myself i asked few years ago BEFORE my audio journey to reach the shore of acoustical satisfaction ... i did it as said my motto : minimal acoustical satisfaction at low cost ...

You know why ?

You cannot own thousand and thousand of albums and own a 100,000 bucks system at the same time and thousand of books if you are not "Dr." Bill Gates

I listen music with my gear not the reverse ...

And what is fun in this journey is not buying 50 amplifiers etc but to learn acoustic and learn the way to embed any system .. When the basic is done your audio journey is over ... Repeating the same mistakes without understanding anything is madness ... Or you are a billionnaire collecting high cost gear instead of music and books ...

Anybody with big money anyway know that room acoustic done by a pro acoustican designer cost more than a high end system .. Learn basic and do it yourself, even imperfectly done it will be amazing for S. Q. and as learnings ... And you will reach the shore of the minimal acoustic satisfaction which is bliss with music not a stop gap as obsessive collectors will point out ...

I have stopped thinking of things as good and bad.  I just try to enjoy.   All the speakers are good.  All the amps sound good.  Just different flavors of good.    Now it is just trying different things and enjoying the sound of a different amp or looking for details in the music, or finding new tracks.  

For me, "good enough" is when a system covers at least most of the full frequency range, with realistic soundstaging, imaging, dynamics and transparency and no obvious sonic flaws.  When I close my eyes it captures 90% or more of the live-music experience.

At a certain point the quality of the recordings that we enjoy is more of a limitation than our gear or maybe even our listening rooms.  I think a lot of pro recording gear, especially in times past, isn't of as high quality as audiophile gear.

I consider my current system good enough.  It's mainly reading forums like this one that even makes me consider upgrading. 

Good enough is when the last expensive upgrade didn't produce any noticeable improvements.    (Until the next toy comes along)

Many human species are spoiled by civilization and have buried the natural sense of enough. Even successful bank robbers get busted, because they don't turn on that quality sense.