rufusfirefly wrote:Will there ever come a time when you listen to a piece of equipment and the hairs on the back of your neck go up and the your eardrums go in to rapture? Has anyone experienced this?
Yes, Michael Fremer.
For the rest of us audio "peons", I think it's good to buy the best equipment you can afford at the time and if you can upgrade, fine...But, always keep in mind the music...You've got to love the music before anything else! I started with a GE Wildcat portable phonograph and started loving the sounds I was hearing out of a box of old 45's...Fast forward to five years back, when I bought my first "real" turntable, a Dual 1226! I had quite a few different record players before that, of course...But the way to hear vinyl, I found out, is to get something with a removable headshell, so you can experiment a little and find what sounds the best to you...A lot of it starts with the cartridge, a good stylus and decent speakers...Room acoustics and treatments/position/placement of the equipment all play a role, too! If I can get 95% of the way there, I'm pretty happy...You have to spend uber-bucks to get to that 100, but if I'm hearing what I'm supposed to hearing on discs that are recorded properly on quality vinyl with a quality-built decent turntable, then I'm still good!
I've also grown to like the finding, collecting and restoring of old turntables, finding, digging and cleaning up old records and promoting vinyl and helping others get joy out of it, as well...There is not ONE end goal here, but a myriad number of them...It's the journey, not the destination, that counts in the end!
Plus, it keeps me busy and out of trouble!
What more do you need????