JoeE SP9 wrote:I'm not a collector of gear. I have no collection of gear and speakers for me to swap in and out...I suggest buying gear and speakers that you really like and setting them up optimally in your room.
And if you would like to hear music in MORE than one room, maybe THREE or FOUR rooms, what then?
Let's not forget that there are other reasons to buy more gear...Say you want a big system in the living room? What if you want something special in the mancave? How about an old stereo in the garage for when you're "putzing" around on stuff? Maybe a player in the basement rec room for fun? What about the cabin up north? A smaller bedroom system? Another poster here even put one outside in his garden! How about a spare set-up for when your best turntable suddenly goes "on the fritz" and needs attention? What about buying them as gifts for friends just getting into vinyl? What about giving your kids turntables as gifts when they get of age? If you have a really nice turntable, what about buying one just like it for the parts, especially if it is a rare model?
I could list lots of reasons to own more than one, but my favorite reason is simple...BECAUSE I LIKE MORE THAN ONE! And although I find some to be better than others, I have a hard time choosing...What can I say?
And the ultimate question is control...How does one control themselves when good, decent equipment (whether on purpose or by accident) keeps coming their way?
First, you spy that rare relic at the flea market...You fix it up, and then, your friends are bringing you turntables they want fixed or don't need...Then, someone throws away a jewel that you just can't let the trashman take...It's a vicious cycle!
Yeah, I know...A problem some would LOVE to have...
To go back to the OP's original thought...Yeah, I think the obsession for different equipment does come from opportunity...opportunity to hear, opportunity to buy and/or opportunity to take...And I've always been told to strike while the iron is hot and get while the gettin's good!