End Game?

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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,633
    I’m nowhere near end game, but the games “paused” for now while other items take priority.

    Hoping by end of year to have my HT back up and running with a full 5 channels, 4 subs and maybe even a HT Preamp added
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,025
    F1nut wrote: »
    Just a quick thread to see how many of us have reached the "end game" of our two channel audio pursuits. With my recent acquisitions of the Pass Labs X0.2 and the Carver Silver Seven Tube Amps(pray all goes as planned on that deal), I think I may be there. Who else is nearing the end of the road?

    You change plans like a woman. What, a month ago you were selling everything or some such.

    I gotta admit... this is kinda funny
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    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,220
    I am happy with what I currently have.....but, I still have the desire to push the envelope.
  • NotaSuvNotaSuv Posts: 2,656
    OR like the car it's the woman of the house changing the plans :wink:
  • NotaSuvNotaSuv Posts: 2,656
    More than content where I am audio wise..leaves more $$$ for cars and fishing
  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,470
    NotaSuv wrote: »
    More than content where I am audio wise..leaves more $$$ for cars and fishing

    This is where I am at. I could and would love to spend more on my audio to get to where I really want to be but I have other things in life I enjoy and want to do.
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,486
    verb wrote: »
    afterburnt wrote: »
    A sub and some power cables and I am done.

    Flippin the Minivee already? Dibs! :smile:

    The mini is for my micros. I still need a sub for my minis.
  • wallstreetwallstreet Posts: 1,405
    Just like car technology, audio electronics and speakers improve. Class D amplifiers are an excellent example. There is no end game, it's just a journey. B)
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,321
    edited January 2
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.
    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • verbverb Posts: 6,363
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    And keeping the money in the bank! :smile:
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,321
    verb wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    And keeping the money in the bank! :smile:

    I wish, it's leaving the bank to pay a $700.00+ real estate tax bill due at the end of the month!
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 20,433
    cfrizz wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    And keeping the money in the bank! :smile:

    I wish, it's leaving the bank to pay a $700.00+ real estate tax bill due at the end of the month!

    That is a drop in the bucket for our tax bill. Ours is 7k a year. :s :o
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • halohalo Posts: 5,011
    I may have already been at the summit while looking down over everything else (I've owned, that is). Life events forced the sale of that setup and I highly doubt I'll ever get back to what I had at that point in time. It wasn't perfect, but it was as close to an "end game" setup as I've ever owned.

    Therefore, I'm definitely not done making changes but I don't see myself spending a lot of $ to get myself somewhere that I will be satisfied long term. That said, $ is subjective so, when I say that I don't see myself spending much it's relative to me and my limits.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,993
    cfrizz wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    And keeping the money in the bank! :smile:

    I wish, it's leaving the bank to pay a $700.00+ real estate tax bill due at the end of the month!

    That is a drop in the bucket for our tax bill. Ours is 7k a year. :s :o

    :o :s

    California taxes are needed to pay for those overpaid State Legislators and their benefits recipients.

    Something HAS to change with that state and soon. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 11,078
    Why does CA have to change? It is the 6th largest economy in the world. Just like everywhere there are some that haven't benefited, but overall we are doing quite well.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,993
    edited January 2
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Why does CA have to change? It is the 6th largest economy in the world. Just like everywhere there are some that haven't benefited, but overall we are doing quite well.

    How many billions is California in debt for now? 400 Bil. in 2016.

    I guess there are those who know how to skirt the tax system and do very well.

    How many Cali. people are working TAX FREE and letting those that pay tax TRY to cover
    the budget?

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-s-400-billion-debt-worries-analysts-6812264.php
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 11,078
    How many billions is the U.S. In debt now? While I don't know, I suspect very few are skirting the tax system. I know I'm not.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,796
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Why does CA have to change? It is the 6th largest economy in the world. Just like everywhere there are some that haven't benefited, but overall we are doing quite well.

    Bud, you live in a bubble.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,993
    Hotel California says it all in the song.

    But I heard thousands ARE fleeing the state because I suspect they can't get to their end game system while paying the high cost of living there.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,344
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Why does CA have to change? It is the 6th largest economy in the world. Just like everywhere there are some that haven't benefited, but overall we are doing quite well.

    You guys are special...thanks for the warning :)

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 20,433
    I am convinced that getting out of bed in the morning causes cancer.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,344
    I am convinced that getting out of bed in the morning causes cancer.

    Some of these warnings are about as usful as those stuuppid tags they put on your bed :/
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    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,025
    edited January 2
    cfrizz wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    And keeping the money in the bank! :smile:

    I wish, it's leaving the bank to pay a $700.00+ real estate tax bill due at the end of the month!

    That is a drop in the bucket for our tax bill. Ours is 7k a year. :s :o

    I wish mine was 7k.

    Between mine and my parents I pay 20,000/yr.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • Near end game in the 2 channel room. I went as all in as I could when the Mrs.and.I remodeled: Vandersteen Quatro (2006), ARC LS 26 (2007), McCormack DNA1 Gold Ultra ( 2018, built just for me ). But I need a DAC to run the OPPO into. Keeping it CA, got my heart set on a Schiit Yggy. Father-in-law in assisted living, granddaughter in college... prolly not this year.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,993
    Joey_V wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    And keeping the money in the bank! :smile:

    I wish, it's leaving the bank to pay a $700.00+ real estate tax bill due at the end of the month!

    That is a drop in the bucket for our tax bill. Ours is 7k a year. :s :o

    I wish mine was 7k.

    Between mine and my parents I pay 20,000/yr.

    :o :s
    Dang you people pay a lot! :#

    But when you sell your homes you're supposed to get that back I heard 30 years ago.

    I just didn't want to play the game and stayed right here. 1200.00 here now but it used to be a lot less of course. :)

    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • dpowelldpowell Posts: 2,813
    edited January 3
    Just a quick thread to see how many of us have reached the "end game" of our two channel audio pursuits. With my recent acquisitions of the Pass Labs X0.2 and the Carver Silver Seven Tube Amps(pray all goes as planned on that deal), I think I may be there. Who else is nearing the end of the road?

    John my question is, are YOU really at the end of your road? :wink:

    And what is it about the silver sevens that bests those beasts of tube Amps you built? Those things are animals.

    To answer your question. I'm not at the end of my journey as long as you keep getting the upgrade bug and selling me your hand me downs. :smiley:

    .... and I want to eventually do the black hole mod on my SDAs and upgrade the speaker cables....
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,594
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Unless something breaks, I'm done. I now have a Sony flat screen TV, and a BR player, I'm not interested in going any higher. I just plan on enjoying what I have.

    Sadly, it will all probably (probabilistically ) break (i.e., fail to operate properly) relatively soon, and the march of technology ensures that certain key parts (solid state components -- transistors and chips, predominantly) won't be available. :(

    Such are the vagaries of "technology". Currently, the march of technology and the short duty lives of "tech hardware" suit folks' expectations and philosophy. I can't imagine this outlook is sustainable, but I'm a grumpy old guy, so I might well be wrong.

    :)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,594
    wallstreet wrote: »
    Just like car technology, audio electronics and speakers improve. Class D amplifiers are an excellent example. There is no end game, it's just a journey. B)

    Well -- it certainly changes. I think whether it improves is readily debatable.

    B)

    That said, see my grumpy old guy comment above :)

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,594
    edited January 3
    I am convinced that getting out of bed in the morning causes cancer.

    Yeah, but so does staying in bed. ;)

    As I like to say about life:
    The thermodynamics is never in question, only the kinetics

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    :|

    Here, this may help all y'all decide whether it's worth getting out of bed and getting cancer every morning. I've noticed that humans (at least in the 21st Century) are generally pretty terrible at risk assessment. :p

    11946817256_ca5363f0f6_b.jpgDangerousness relative risks of activities by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    I love this thread!

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