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
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 
@baylinor — got any ideas?

This discussion is in need of some serious psychological advice before anyone sinks any further into the deep end

Where is the audiophile guru returning from pilgrimage to India with the wisdom for us seekers?  
I’ve been reading Ram Dass and about how he managed to stay ‘high’ without drugs, so there’s a parallel there…