I have a question for the community. What is your goal building a high performance stereo system? What are you ultimately trying to achieve? Why not just use a system from Best Buy? Obviously you want better sound but elaborate on that. What do you mean by better sound? How is the sound better than a cheap system? When you sit down and listen what to you expect to hear? What’s the point of our hobby?
I’m asking this questions because everyone I know thinks I’m crazy for spending so much on audio. I built a $36,000 system with Mcintosh and PS Audio electronics and $12,000 KEF speakers. When regular people listen to my system they all react the same way: it don’t sound no different than anything else. Boy did you waste your money. This frustrates me.
Today, just for kicks, I compared my system to a cheaper system I own built with Best Buy components that add up to under $1,000. Honestly, I don’t hear much of a difference. I mean, yes, my expensive system sounds better but it’s not THAT much better. I think the cheap system sounds fine too.
So this has me asking myself, what’s the point of this hobby? What am I trying to accomplish? For me I want to bring the sound of a live performance into my home. I feel my system does this. Nonetheless, why does no one else hear the difference…why do even I sometimes not hear the difference like today? Did I waste my money?
I’m trying to get perspective on the point of this hobby. Why do we spend so much money on our systems? Is it really worth it or does a cheap system sound good enough? Are we paying a fortune for only incremental improvements? I kinda feel that way after comparing my two systems today. Please help me understand. Tell me your story. Give me your point of view.