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#348998 - 05/23/11 01:30 AM IS your investment in stereo paid off?
mpyw Offline

Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 288
Loc: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
My Triangle dealer friend trying to convince me to get a separated system for my other house (weekday working house).

I've been to his shop and the system there is really an "ear opener", beautiful full dynamic sound stage, wonderful clarity, and one of the best mid bass that I've heard apart from Dynaudio.

However, I told him, I came back from work after dinner around 8pm, chat a bit with wife and kids on phone, it's 9pm, suft the net a little and it's 11pm....and I've gotto wake up at 6.60am the next day, all music I have now it's just running at the background through a mon radio/Cd player.

I don't have time for serious listening, not at where I work and not even at home where my HT gear at....

For the system that he propsed which would cost me at least $5,000, I really do not have time to enjoy that...

Music to me is just back ground voices..

So, all my Axiom friends here, does your stereo system really gives you the returns that you've spend so much money on?

My current CD/radio player($50) does give me that return...and much more than it's value...

#348999 - 05/23/11 01:40 AM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: mpyw]
CV Offline
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 11753
Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I'd say it does. I spend most of my idle time enjoying my system. I'd hate to do without it.

#349000 - 05/23/11 07:13 AM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: CV]
J. B. Offline

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 1291
Loc: Quebec, Canada
i have lots of free time, and the great majority is spent listening to movies or music; i don't regret for 1 second having spent thousands of $ on my system; in fact, i've been in the process of updating it those last years.
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#349010 - 05/23/11 01:45 PM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: J. B.]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8488
Loc: Tacoma
I am very satisfied with my Axiom (and other hi-fi) purchases. I don't have as much time to enjoy my system as I would like.

I'm not at all sorry about spending what I have already spent, but I'm also NOT currently putting any money into a supplementary 2-channel system, and certainly wouldn't consider spending $5,000. I don't have the time or money for that to be a good value.
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#349047 - 05/24/11 07:23 AM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: mpyw]
davidsch Offline

Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 678
Loc: Houston, Texas
If I was in your current situation, then I probably would not spend the money. I have enjoyed my Axioms for eight years now and I still listen frequently to music (often for an hour or two).

#349051 - 05/24/11 09:04 AM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: davidsch]
bdpf Offline

Registered: 06/28/08
Posts: 769
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Same here, I don't regret fro a second buying my system but also don't enjoy it as much as I would like to. If only days would be longer... (or working hours shorter smile )
"The problem is choice..."

#349056 - 05/24/11 09:51 AM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: bdpf]
CatBrat Offline

Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 6015
Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
What? I can't hear you. Oh yeah. I've been enjoying my system a little too much. If only this ringing in the ears would go away.

(Note: I've had some tinnitus before I had Axioms.)

#349082 - 05/24/11 10:23 PM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: CatBrat]
BobKay Offline

Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 3596
Loc: Massachusetts Badlands
Originally Posted By: CatBrat

(Note: I've had some tinnitus before I had Axioms.)

They have anti-fungal sprays for that now, Brian. Just stop scratching at it.
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#349136 - 05/25/11 01:41 PM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: mpyw]
audiosavant Offline

Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 311
Loc: Worldwide
Originally Posted By: mpyw
Music to me is just back ground voices.

You have my pity. frown

Music and movies are practically sacred in my household.

I think a quality life should be invested with art of all types.

That "investment" pays off. smile
"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
---Frank Zappa

#349199 - 05/26/11 01:07 PM Re: IS your investment in stereo paid off? [Re: mpyw]
chesseroo Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 5289
Loc: western canada
That's both a short answer question and a long one.

For myself, i wouldn't go back and have bought something cheaper. We've had our Axiom system (and 2 other systems) for over 15 years. Although there are occasions in life where time for its use declines, at some point kids grow up, jobs change, people retire, and time returns to you again.
In the long run, that same system will still be there as those time available occasions arise.

Audio gear to us has also been more than just music and movie entertainment or appreciation, but it has also been a piece of decor in each of the rooms it sits.
In that light, it has two functions; to sound good AND look good.
So we enjoy it everyday in different ways.

From a finacial perspective, buying audio gear new creates a loss down the road. It won't appreciate with age so in that light, it won't "provide a return on the investment".

In brief, if you enjoy good audio even for a few occasions, the investment is worth it. I would regret not having any system at all for even that one occasion.
"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth."

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