If there’s an audiophile exit ramp, this ain’t it…


Audiogon and the audio press, I mean. I finally have the system I was aiming for and had imagined for my future, as conjured from the cryptic pages of stereophile etc. — incredible transparency, scale, and ‘realness’ — but whenever I’m drawn to these sites/pages, as I have been for two years, I am confronted again with doubt and a vague longing for ‘perfection’ in a new purchase. I just want to enjoy the music.

Im ready for the audiophile exit ramp, and this ain’t it…
redwoodaudio
Lovely listening room Redwood! What a great place to sit and unwind. Love those large windows. And the furniture is so cool too. 
I just bought the amp and speakers of my dreams, not to mention a new TT and cartridge.

I tell myself I'm done, but since they're not here yet I feel like I haven't even started.

I'm sure this thread will make more sense to me in about 6 months.
This is a difficult hobby. Sort of like a disease. I am trying pair down my gear that I have sitting on the sidelines. I try to monetize several pieces into one really nice piece to lower my box count. I also try to only buy a new unit if I have sold another one to keep the box count stable if not reduced. Good luck. Discipline is difficult. But it helps. 
It's sort of like a heroin addiction if your habit was limited by your income and you could sell your old heroin.
this is where a baseline (reference source material) is helpful; having that one or two go-to LPs that confirm your baseline performance or let you know when you have an incremental change.

and there's always investing in a "hot stamper" from Better Records to put your system changes to the test