Do you ever forget to just enjoy the music?

Recently upgraded my SDAs, got an awesome dedicated listening room now with a decent placement set up. Lately though I feel I have been too critical of my system and have forgot to enjoy it.

Off center placement, warmth seems missing, I just always seem to find SOMETHING that kills the imerrsive feeling I had before. Been a damper on my recent experiences and just don’t seem to sit and smile much anymore. I know sometimes you gotta sit back and just enjoy the music however it seems to be getting harder to do so.
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,601
    I am cool to sit back and enjoy, the next conquest is at least 5K down the road so I don't have a choice. Actually I am where I want to be, the one thing that keeps calling is adding to the music collection which is unmanageable at this point. That will nickle and dime you into keeping the breaks on.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,191
    No. I enjoy it whether it's Pandora streaming out of a stock stereo from a 23 year old Honda or records at home.
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    Nightfall wrote: »
    No. I enjoy it whether it's Pandora streaming out of a stock stereo from a 23 year old Honda or records at home.

    That's the thing, I get so much more out of basic in ears connected to my computer at work than my rig. It's the expectation factor that I set for my stereo that seems to be the downfall.

    Whether my stock radio in my IA or the full after market stereo in my Corolla, I always LOVE jamming out in the car.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,110
    Is it the intimacy that is missing? That is the key component for me and it took a while to get back to it when I moved houses. Transplanting a system can have some effects that take a while to figure out.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    DSkip wrote: »
    Is it the intimacy that is missing? That is the key component for me and it took a while to get back to it when I moved houses. Transplanting a system can have some effects that take a while to figure out.

    You could say that, I don’t get that emotion and huge sound feeling that once was. It seems more like a chore than a hobby lately. Move speakers an inch here, an inch there. Changed from a solid furniture middle piece to a small granite coffee table with plenty of open space between the speakers etc etc.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,299
    edited June 2018

    I will still enjoy the heck out of music in my cottage even though my couch has had something on it for a year+. But when I walk in, I almost ALWAYS turn the door system on. The POLK LS90's have been hooked up to it for years now. They quickly fill the front room with GREAT sound!

    I used to, if something great was playing through the LS90's, I'd turn my main system on and listen to a favorite song on the radio through the SDA-SRS2's. I know it's better to warm an amp up first, but my old ears aren't that sensitive anymore.

    And in my main bathroom, I have an OLD GE portable radio/casette player. Navy grey in color. 1 5" speaker I think. And it fills the bathroom with decent sound. It's been in there for years. Still kickin. Pic. is from the web.
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    And this ringing or high buzzing that started a year or two ago SUCKS. But sometimes it's low in volume and I forget about it. I'm glad when that happens. :) I'm going to have my ears checked this year. Maybe they'll have a medical reason why and a possible cure, but I'm not going to expect much from what I've read. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,070
    I smile every time I enter the room and just look. :p B)

    I thought it was established via some pics you posted in the past that you don't smile John?

    J/K! o:)
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,985
    I can kind of relate to this, yeah.

    I certainly spent my share of time over the past few years listening to systems, and not necessarily listening to music. The first year was brutal! I was absolutely obsessed. I slept little for a few months in a row, reading; consuming. Second year, similar, but not quite as bad. Year 3, I started settling down a bit. I can understand the sense of feeling like you're enjoying music more on lesser platforms because you're just listening to the music without the stringent performance standard. It's liberating in a way.

    On the other hand, when things are sounding good on these systems we strive to develop, it sure is pleasing, staying up too late, in a zone, compelled to keep listening to just one more, marveling at the details...
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  • 11tsteve11tsteve Posts: 1,173
    edited June 2018
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    msg wrote: »
    I can kind of relate to this, yeah.

    I certainly spent my share of time over the past few years listening to systems, and not necessarily listening to music. The first year was brutal! I was absolutely obsessed. I slept little for a few months in a row, reading; consuming. Second year, similar, but not quite as bad. Year 3, I started settling down a bit. I can understand the sense of feeling like you're enjoying music more on lesser platforms because you're just listening to the music without the stringent performance standard. It's liberating in a way.

    On the other hand, when things are sounding good on these systems we strive to develop, it sure is pleasing, staying up too late, in a zone, compelled to keep listening to just one more, marveling at the details...

    Nail on the head. I just wish I didnt have that standard or expectation. Music is only of my few outlets in life and when that experience is taken away after years of work getting where I'm at...its just disappointing and discouraging.

    I look at new gear and ask myself will it really make the difference I expect or will it just be the same feeling in a chain of events.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    I did post this originally to just vent, I'm young and have time to work on it. I just hope the gumption stays.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 2,053
    I did post this originally to just vent, I'm young and have time to work on it. I just hope the gumption stays.

    The fault lies with members on this forum.

    Ignorance is much cheaper.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,129
    edited June 2018
    ....What?

    Edit: Re-read it and I understand what you meant now. Reading comprehension fail.
    rpf65 wrote: »
    The fault lies with members on this forum.

    Ignorance is much cheaper.

    Post edited by Clipdat on
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    edited June 2018
    rpf65 wrote: »
    I did post this originally to just vent, I'm young and have time to work on it. I just hope the gumption stays.

    Ignorance is much cheaper.

    True but too late for that. Well and my Uncle is to blame for showing me vintage Polk.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,129
    You could put together so many great setups and amazing listening rooms with all your gear!!!

    I love to think of all the different possibilities and combinations, and then trying them out, swapping components, switching out ICs, SCs, PCs, and trying them out again. :)
    Tony M wrote: »
    I was fine with my ESS AMT1B's and then I had to go and buy those Beautiful Polk Audio Monitor 10's w/Peerless tweeters from GoodWill for 24.00 about 15 years ago. Look at me now.. :D

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,110
    I'm telling you brother. Sale-a-thon then buy-a-thon! Getting all that gear out of there will only make your current system sound better too!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,129
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    DSkip wrote: »
    I'm telling you brother. Sale-a-thon then buy-a-thon! Getting all that gear out of there will only make your current system sound better too!

    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,030
    No, emphatically. I never forget to enjoy the 'tunes.
    . . . . 'til someone knocks on my door . . .

    My MO lately has been tons of great quality, non-analytical listening ...
    My system is coming together nicely. I'm calling Jim Salk next week to order another F12 Rythmik for my small-ish space. 2 subs of this caliber can handle any "monitor" out there, IMHO

    When I buckle-in and listen to the NS Supremo (DAC) . . . whoa!
    This is a highly recommended piece, kiddos! Reach out to Skip for info

    Guess what, I'm enjoying it more than ever. Not over analyzing this, that and the other idiosyncrasy.

    YET, the rabbit hole calls me, loud and clear.
    btw, Where has Loud & Clear been? I miss that dude . . .

    Skip, I owe you a call . . . soon
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    Tony M wrote: »
    I was fine with my ESS AMT1B's and then I had to go and buy those Beautiful Polk Audio Monitor 10's w/Peerless tweeters from GoodWill for 24.00 about 15 years ago. Look at me now.. :D
    h20x180np8ln.png

    Haha you have quite the collection! Maybe I need to bring the new large advents in for a different simpler sound then switch back.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    Going to start moving the speakers around again. See if I cant fix this left focused imaging issue.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,110
    Take into account which walls are exterior and interior. It will affect your sound. You might even try corner loading the system. That might be a tough task with the SDA though.
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,519
    I just enjoy the music. On one of my rigs , car stereo, iPod.....
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    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,299
    edited June 2018
    Tony M wrote: »
    I was fine with my ESS AMT1B's and then I had to go and buy those Beautiful Polk Audio Monitor 10's w/Peerless tweeters from GoodWill for 24.00 about 15 years ago. Look at me now.. :D
    h20x180np8ln.png

    Haha you have quite the collection! Maybe I need to bring the new large advents in for a different simpler sound then switch back.

    I have a pair, BUT, I need all 4 drivers. I've owned 2 pairs at one time though. These in the back room came from Craig's list. "perfect Advent cabinets out at the road. Come and get them if you want to replace what's missing."
    You can just see their corners and sides behind those JBL subs with those 2 midrange speakers on top.
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    I got in my car since it was about 3 miles away. I've talked a few guys who also saw the ad and went. But I had already got them. I was in bad shape and never did order the speakers and woofers from Ebay yet. The cabinets are like new. So are the grills. The speakers aren't that much to me now so a rebuild is easily affordable. Crossovers...Not so much.

    I might get around to buying those speakers and tweeters some day.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    On a side note since this is The Clubhouse and I can get away with it here. I'm trying to see if my older denon preamp will make a difference. If I hook it to my integrated amp's main in I still have to adjust the volume on the amp. Should I not pass 12 o clock on each simultaneously?
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,522
    Tony M wrote: »
    Tony M wrote: »
    I was fine with my ESS AMT1B's and then I had to go and buy those Beautiful Polk Audio Monitor 10's w/Peerless tweeters from GoodWill for 24.00 about 15 years ago. Look at me now.. :D
    h20x180np8ln.png

    Haha you have quite the collection! Maybe I need to bring the new large advents in for a different simpler sound then switch back.

    I have a pair, BUT, I need all 4 drivers. I've owned 2 pairs at one time though. These in the back room came from Craig's list. "perfect Advent cabinets out at the road. Come and get them if you want to replace what's missing."
    You can just see their corners and sides behind those JBL subs with those 2 midrange speakers on top.
    lwwnlvd7nvn3.png


    I got in my car since it was about 3 miles away. I've talked a few guys who also saw the ad and went. But I had already got them. I was in bad shape and never did order the speakers and woofers from Ebay yet. The cabinets are like new. So are the grills. The speakers aren't that much to me now so a rebuild is easily affordable. Crossovers...Not so much.

    I might get around to buying those speakers and tweeters some day.

    I remember following your original post about getting those beasts. I worked for a tech company that had a very similar set up in their meeting room.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,299
    edited June 2018
    Did they have parties in the room too?

    I'm blown away from how GREAT these JBLs sound. Just useing a reg. receiver was all I needed for a few minutes of testing.

    I can only imagine the Concerts this church had using these VERY POWERFUL speakers. And what did they replace them with? Something smaller maybe? I don't know yet. o:) It is a HUGE church building. Here's a video from the outside.

    https://www.facebook.com/collegeacres/videos/1433564490088503/?t=0
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
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