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DougK

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Just over £8k all-in for Hi-Fi/AV in the last 26 months; includes all my previous set-up as I didn't sell it - gave it to my sister. Very happy with what I currently have. However, the upgraditis/tinkering bug is still there but I'm trying to subdue it as the last hi-fi upgrade wasn't as massive as I thought it would be, (except for the speakers).

My hi-fi is a little like my car.....a VW; distinctly middle of the road, but it does it does what it says on the tin.
 

Lateralus

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If I add it all up, it's over a thousand bucks. It's worth it, though, for the enjoyment you gain.
 

tino

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Several systems comprising 4 amps, 3 streamers, 5 sets of speakers, 2 DACs, 1 CD player .... £7K .... mostly ex-dem, dread to think what it might have cost new! :O
 

jonathanRD

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Yes for insurance purposes after having a bit of a spurt over the last year or two. New CD player and then full AV system - so about £3000.

Just a fraction in comparision to expenditure supporting my son through college (specialist course not covered by student loans) and a new extension. All good though - money well spent.

No money left for a car. :cry:
 

Al ears

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Covenanter said:
plastic penguin said:
Covenanter said:
The Imprezas were a joy to drive though. Very fast and wonderful chassis. I lived in Scotand when I bought the first one and they were wonderful in the snow. I have a MX5 now which also has a great chassis. Not as fast as the Impreza but great fun still.

Chris
The Imprezas are very fast, mind-blowingly so but I was just put off by the tacky gold wheels and the reputation of being the extreme boy racer. TBF, not too many boys could afford the insurance.

The Alfas are a bit more exclusive, and although don't have the outright performance of a Subaru, they never fail to put a huge grin on your face.

Last Saturday we went to Brooklands Museum because they a Auto italia day. Bliss. :)
The gold wheels are tacky but I am old enough not to give a s**t. The insurance was mind-blowing but before I retired it wasn't an issue. I'm really pleased I owned them because they were such great fun.

Chris

PS The Mx5 is wonderful for the money!
How's the MX in the snow???

I didn't like gold wheels or lack of space so got a twin turbo Legacy import ....... absolutely bonkers machine.

Also agree Alfa's are nice ........... to look at. :)

Have calculated cost of replacing system for insurance purposes, then likewise, had to have a little lie-down.

Luckily mostly second-hand so did not actually pay out anything like the full replacement value (there, that's cheered the wife up.) :)
 

Covenanter

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Al ears said:
Covenanter said:
plastic penguin said:
Covenanter said:
The Imprezas were a joy to drive though. Very fast and wonderful chassis. I lived in Scotand when I bought the first one and they were wonderful in the snow. I have a MX5 now which also has a great chassis. Not as fast as the Impreza but great fun still.

Chris
The Imprezas are very fast, mind-blowingly so but I was just put off by the tacky gold wheels and the reputation of being the extreme boy racer. TBF, not too many boys could afford the insurance.

The Alfas are a bit more exclusive, and although don't have the outright performance of a Subaru, they never fail to put a huge grin on your face.

Last Saturday we went to Brooklands Museum because they a Auto italia day. Bliss. :)
The gold wheels are tacky but I am old enough not to give a s**t. The insurance was mind-blowing but before I retired it wasn't an issue. I'm really pleased I owned them because they were such great fun.

Chris

PS The Mx5 is wonderful for the money!
How's the MX in the snow???

I didn't like gold wheels or lack of space so got a twin turbo Legacy import ....... absolutely bonkers machine.

Also agree Alfa's are nice ........... to look at. :)

Have calculated cost of replacing system for insurance purposes, then likewise, had to have a little lie-down.

Luckily mostly second-hand so did not actually pay out anything like the full replacement value (there, that's cheered the wife up.) :)
It hasn't snowed since I've owned the MX5 but I would suspect it will be a handfull. I live in Birmingham now and we don't get much snow. When I had the Imprezas I lived in Scotland.

Chris
 

matt49

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The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
 

drummerman

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Not to much. I've managed to assemble the same system again I had some years ago second hand this time. It looks like new and plays just as well. - In fact, everything Hifi I have at the mo is pre-owned with the exception of Headphones.

I like a bargain.

regards
 

Hi-FiOutlaw

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drummerman said:
Not to much. I've managed to assemble the same system again I had some years ago second hand this time. It looks like new and plays just as well. - In fact, everything Hifi I have at the mo is pre-owned with the exception of Headphones.

I like a bargain.

regards
My Pathos was a ex demo and i've bought it for a fraction of the price less then half :grin:

The only set up buying pre owned or ex dem is that you need to have patience, waiting for the piece of gear that you want to became avaible, but that is part of the fun, when you finaly got it you look at it in a different way, i gess...

In my live i had to wait for every thing... :roll:
 

Gazzip

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Hi-FiOutlaw said:
The only set up buying pre owned or ex dem is that you need to have patience, waiting for the piece of gear that you want to became avaible...
Couldn't agree more although it can be frustrating. I waited nearly a year for a second hand set of MB2i's to come up. Looking every day and every evening I turned my back for a weekend in March and a pair in Walnut went on Craigslist for £3400! I s**t you not I actually screamed at the sky.
 

plastic penguin

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matt49 said:
The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
This is easy. You can take the family out in the car. :)

More seriously, my car cost around the same amount as your Dav, where I class a car as a necessity whereas a hi-fi is a luxuary.
 

plastic penguin

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Al ears said:
Covenanter said:
plastic penguin said:
Covenanter said:
The Imprezas were a joy to drive though. Very fast and wonderful chassis. I lived in Scotand when I bought the first one and they were wonderful in the snow. I have a MX5 now which also has a great chassis. Not as fast as the Impreza but great fun still.

Chris
The Imprezas are very fast, mind-blowingly so but I was just put off by the tacky gold wheels and the reputation of being the extreme boy racer. TBF, not too many boys could afford the insurance.

The Alfas are a bit more exclusive, and although don't have the outright performance of a Subaru, they never fail to put a huge grin on your face.

Last Saturday we went to Brooklands Museum because they a Auto italia day. Bliss. :)
The gold wheels are tacky but I am old enough not to give a s**t. The insurance was mind-blowing but before I retired it wasn't an issue. I'm really pleased I owned them because they were such great fun.

Chris

PS The Mx5 is wonderful for the money!
How's the MX in the snow???

I didn't like gold wheels or lack of space so got a twin turbo Legacy import ....... absolutely bonkers machine.

Also agree Alfa's are nice ........... to look at. :)
Also great to drive. Own one and you'll smile (excuse the pun) from ear to ear. They defined the word 'bonkers'. It's like driving a large go-kart.
 

Hi-FiOutlaw

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Gazzip said:
Hi-FiOutlaw said:
The only set up buying pre owned or ex dem is that you need to have patience, waiting for the piece of gear that you want to became avaible...
Couldn't agree more although it can be frustrating. I waited nearly a year for a second hand set of MB2i's to come up. Looking every day and every evening I turned my back for a weekend in March and a pair in Walnut went on Craigslist for £3400! I s**t you not I actually screamed at the sky.
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Sorry...
 

matt49

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plastic penguin said:
matt49 said:
The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
This is easy. You can take the family out in the car. :)

More seriously, my car cost around the same amount as your Dav, where I class a car as a necessity whereas a hi-fi is a luxuary.
A car's a necessity for me too. And of course the new hi-fi's a luxury. But over a certain price a car becomes as much of a luxury as hi-fi. The question is, which luxury is easier to justify? Upgrading the hi-fi or upgrading the car?

Having bought the Dev and MLs, I now realize that I can justify upgrading the hifi much more easily than I could justify upgrading the car.

I just have no interest in cars beyond utility, safety and basic comfort.
 

Gazzip

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matt49 said:
plastic penguin said:
matt49 said:
The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
This is easy. You can take the family out in the car. :)

More seriously, my car cost around the same amount as your Dav, where I class a car as a necessity whereas a hi-fi is a luxuary.
A car's a necessity for me too. And of course the new hi-fi's a luxury. But over a certain price a car becomes as much of a luxury as hi-fi. The question is, which luxury is easier to justify? Upgrading the hi-fi or upgrading the car?

Having bought the Dev and MLs, I now realize that I can justify upgrading the hifi much more easily than I could justify upgrading the car.

I just have no interest in cars beyond utility and basic comfort.
Don't have to tax my HiFi every year and it will never need an MOT. Also the HiFi can be serviced using a duster, contact cleaner and a packet of AAA's once a year.
 

Hi-FiOutlaw

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Gazzip said:
matt49 said:
plastic penguin said:
matt49 said:
The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
This is easy. You can take the family out in the car. :)

More seriously, my car cost around the same amount as your Dav, where I class a car as a necessity whereas a hi-fi is a luxuary.
A car's a necessity for me too. And of course the new hi-fi's a luxury. But over a certain price a car becomes as much of a luxury as hi-fi. The question is, which luxury is easier to justify? Upgrading the hi-fi or upgrading the car?

Having bought the Dev and MLs, I now realize that I can justify upgrading the hifi much more easily than I could justify upgrading the car.

I just have no interest in cars beyond utility and basic comfort.
Don't have to tax my HiFi every year and it will never need an MOT. Also the HiFi can be serviced using a duster, contact cleaner and a packet of AAA's once a year.
the Hi-Fi consume less... Fuel vs electricity...
 

plastic penguin

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matt49 said:
plastic penguin said:
matt49 said:
The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
This is easy. You can take the family out in the car. :)

More seriously, my car cost around the same amount as your Dav, where I class a car as a necessity whereas a hi-fi is a luxuary.
A car's a necessity for me too. And of course the new hi-fi's a luxury. But over a certain price a car becomes as much of a luxury as hi-fi. The question is, which luxury is easier to justify? Upgrading the hi-fi or upgrading the car?

Having bought the Dev and MLs, I now realize that I can justify upgrading the hifi much more easily than I could justify upgrading the car.

I just have no interest in cars beyond utility, safety and basic comfort.
That's fair enough - we can't all be petrolheads. Just to add, I have a cracking sounding system in the car (included in the price of the car), so I suppose it's the best of both worlds.

Anyway, we're off Woking FC to see Chelsea Ladies play Arsenal in a semi-final of the cup.
 

matt49

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plastic penguin said:
That's fair enough - we can't all be petrolheads. Just to add, I have a cracking sounding system in the car (included in the price of the car), so I suppose it's the best of both worlds.
I seem to do half my driving in the fast lane of the M4, which isn't conducive to opera. Maybe I need a Bentley with Naim.

plastic penguin said:
Anyway, we're off Woking FC to see Chelsea Ladies play Arsenal in a semi-final of the cup.
Sounds excellent.
 

Al ears

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matt49 said:
plastic penguin said:
That's fair enough - we can't all be petrolheads. Just to add, I have a cracking sounding system in the car (included in the price of the car), so I suppose it's the best of both worlds.
I seem to do half my driving in the fast lane of the M4, which isn't conducive to opera. Maybe I need a Bentley with Naim.

plastic penguin said:
Anyway, we're off Woking FC to see Chelsea Ladies play Arsenal in a semi-final of the cup.
Sounds excellent.
Arsenal Ladies I assume ..... OK I know I'll get my coat... :)
 

Covenanter

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plastic penguin said:
matt49 said:
plastic penguin said:
matt49 said:
The car thing's interesting. If anyone says to me, 'how can you justify spending so much money on hi-fi?', the answer's simple: much more easily than I could justify spending the same amount on a car.

Matt
This is easy. You can take the family out in the car. :)

More seriously, my car cost around the same amount as your Dav, where I class a car as a necessity whereas a hi-fi is a luxuary.
A car's a necessity for me too. And of course the new hi-fi's a luxury. But over a certain price a car becomes as much of a luxury as hi-fi. The question is, which luxury is easier to justify? Upgrading the hi-fi or upgrading the car?

Having bought the Dev and MLs, I now realize that I can justify upgrading the hifi much more easily than I could justify upgrading the car.

I just have no interest in cars beyond utility, safety and basic comfort.
That's fair enough - we can't all be petrolheads. Just to add, I have a cracking sounding system in the car (included in the price of the car), so I suppose it's the best of both worlds.

Anyway, we're off Woking FC to see Chelsea Ladies play Arsenal in a semi-final of the cup.
A lot of classical music sounds grim in a car because of the wide dynamic range.

Chris
 

plastic penguin

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matt49 said:
plastic penguin said:
That's fair enough - we can't all be petrolheads. Just to add, I have a cracking sounding system in the car (included in the price of the car), so I suppose it's the best of both worlds.
I seem to do half my driving in the fast lane of the M4, which isn't conducive to opera. Maybe I need a Bentley with Naim.

plastic penguin said:
Anyway, we're off Woking FC to see Chelsea Ladies play Arsenal in a semi-final of the cup.
Sounds excellent.
Ladies football is far more exciting than the mens - both sides fielded England and ex-England internationals Rachael Yankee, Kelly Smith to name just two. Arsenal eventually won 5-3 after extra time.
 

matt49

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plastic penguin said:
Ladies football is far more exciting than the mens - both sides fielded England and ex-England internationals Rachael Yankee, Kelly Smith to name just two. Arsenal eventually won 5-3 after extra time.
Sounds like a great game. TBH I'm underwhelmed by the prospect of the gentlemen's soccer world cup, and not just because England will be carp. But this belongs on another thread altogether ...
 

CnoEvil

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A related question (to everybody) - if someone offered you your money back in full, would you take it? :? :twisted:
 

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