davidsss wrote:If I had little money to spend on a HiFi I'd buy cheap second hand like you have, in fact I started by buying second hand gear and it served me well for many years until I could afford to upgrade. I suspect a lot of us started out that way and got a hell of lot of enjoyment out of cheap systems.
Exactly how I started and I'm sure, as you rightly say, many of us started.
davidsss wrote:If you enjoy the music coming from your system then that overrides just about anything else. The biggest problem arises when you hear some really great equipment which is expensive, then there's no hope. Up the slippery slope you go.
Again exactly what I did. I listened, learned and upgraded to a system I was happy with, which has given me many years (25 odd years probably) of enjoyment without wanting to fiddle with it or change it. I was just happy with the sound I got from it and had no desire to upgrade to anything else.
You've also raised an important point. It's very difficult to communicate how much better a quality audio system can be without actually being able to listen to it. It's only when you listen to something of a better quality than you have do you realise the weakness of your own setup and how much better it could be.
I see so many people on here who seem quite content with what on paper must represent a very ordinary audio system. The reason they're content with it, is because they either don't know of or haven't heard anything better. Once they do of course they suddenly realise with crystal clarity just how ordinary or average their system really is.
Communicating that is tricky and you've done so far more eloquently that I've been able to!