When did you put the most effort in setting up your audio system?

We all have this moment at the time you have put yourself through a lot of things when setting up your audio system. Please share your experience when you think in the past or present, you did put in so much efforts. 


To share my own experience, just to compare two different speaker products, I bought both products in new, held on to them for 4-5months. During the time I had them, I changed amps(2 different power amps), DACs(5 of them borrowed, bought and returned), speaker cables(3 times). Even after all these, I couldn't make up my mind which to keep, then let my sister, who wanted to have a pair, to choose whichever she preferred in design. Crazy... Now, I kinda know what I want, but I don't think I can put myself through chasing all those components just to test out two different products in speakers. 

So now, I am more careful choosing speakers with my existing system then take my time choosing different components. I think I know which components I am deeply attached to. 

Feel free to share your own experience. Leave a piece of your audiophile journey here, we all respect the craziness (or nerdiness) with total disregards in common logics. In Korea, audiophiles call themselves mental patients(hwan-ja in Korean pronounciation), who just do all kinds of crazy things to seek for their satisfaction in audio. I want you to join and share this patient journey, haha.    




Thanks for your comments.

My systems are shown under my UserID. There are lots of photos and my components.

@monacousticusa Speaker placement once I settled on my current components and room treatment. It was eye opening how even tiny adjustments to speaker positioning could yield such an impact (positive and negative).

@ghdprentice Wow, indeed you have a wonderful system. Not to mention your LP&CD collections are something that I envy and admire! I also notice that you also have head-fi system as well. I also have susvara, abyss ab1266 tc phi, meze elite, audeze lcd4, focal utopia(older version) with WooAudio WA33elite. Now I am curious what kind of music you listen to with all your fantastic gear. Don't think I am stalking you. haha. 

@christianb5s4 for sure. a youtuber, Nemo Propaganda visited our office the other day, because we have a shooting range close to our office building. And he was telling me that he doesn't get much of bass out of our PlatiMon whereas my office listening room has more bass than his place. I suspect the placement due to our products ports design. Anyway, the placement is crucial when your speakers are capable of producing great sound stage. 



Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I really love Woo. It took me three small steps up the Woo head amp hierarchy to get to my current system.


I listen to jazz, world, blues, classical, electronic and rock, mostly. But I will admit I can get lost in nearly anything with my systems. I lent my headphone Aurender streamer to a friend. When it came back it was playing some pop collection with stuff like Michelle Jackson and other mainstream  “hits” that I would never listen to. I just haven’t been able to get myself to change it… a few notes in and I’m hooked. 

It took me forever and a day to properly set-up my Revel Salon 2 speakers for optimal sound quality after having to move them from a lager room to a smaller room in the house.  It  was a very frustrating process, but I finally nailed it, and I've been in audio nirvana every since