This would be my first post at AudioCircle, introducing myself to a community of like minded if not unfortunately afflicted by the need to not only listen to music not merely as distraction but as a goal in providing the best possible emotional experience via the use of products and tools which are produce for the sole purpose of recreating music either as intended systems or of a synergy created by the acquirer of those in myriad fashions such as to cause the never ending desire to further improve the perceived quality of the musical performance of the musical sourced by the operator of said system whilst at the same time enduring the constant internal debate as to whether to invest greater time, effort and funds into a ever improved music playback system and ignoring the fact that the extra inputs that system could be better utilized in the source materials, eg. records, discs, etc . . . though knowing that one truly cannot be performed with out the other, at least not to the irrational mind that is the true audiophile, of which many can claim, though few may wish to as it can be a rather arduous task to explain to those not afflicted (if I may use such a term) by the neurosis, which in my opinion, is the main trait of the audiophile as he (or she!) attempts to forever justify the the time, effort, and funds (yes, it ALWAYS comes back to funds) of this constant endeavor which from the outside can seem anti-social in nature as we spend inordinate amounts of time cleaning records, mounting and unmounting various cartridges, swapping speakers, amps, turntables, not to mention wires and cable- oh, did I mention wires and cables, because I wish I hadn't cause if you want to talk about hearing (or not hearing) the differences between this speaker wire with this weave and that wire that insulation, well, you'll certainly get quite the crazy looks from the uninitiated (like you've grown a second head, though Joni Mitchell would argue that's a good thing, if you know what I mean) as well as from those "enlightened" types who will tell you that you're just throwing your money away and the only thing that matters is a good pair of speakers and a decent turntable with a really good cartridge because those have the greatest effect on the sound reproduce, unless of course we're discussing digital playback which we could be though I only have experience with the Compact Disc format and funny enough the format was to lead to the demise of the vinyl LP is itself on the wane as those who may have championed its "perfect sound forever" promise have learned that it's not perfect and certainly not forever because the discs themselves are more susceptible to damage than previously extolled but also turned out to be almost as cumbersome to deal with as the cassette tape, with admittedly better dynamics, but what wouldn't have better dynamics as the cassette tape was never intended to be a hifi format, except that with the Dolby(TM) noise reduction process and Nakamichi making superlative cassette decks the format still managed to almost outlast the vinyl album which is now in a revival mode and I believe recently outsold the CD, though if I am correct, and previously stated have no experience with, other forms of digital music sources, found on line (via the internet) allowing one access to vast amounts music, thus eliminating one side of my earlier argument regarding the need to improve one's library (of whatever source) or ability to playback that library, so that one may concentrate one's time, energy and funds (again with the funds- if you have ANY other person in your circle of influence you understand this intimately) on the equipment side of the ledger of which we seem to be more than willing to apply our attention hoping for that elusive, perfect synergy when all falls into place and we can say not only to ourselves but all others that, "Yes, this it, I've done, it gets no better than this!"
Yeah, good luck with that.