and in contrast, Aspen…it wouldn’t take the fun away for me, because now I get to sit back in my chair and listen to music and enjoy it. not analyzing and trying to compare and figure out how it’s better then this, that or other headphone(s) I’ve listened to in the past.
having that Quad would be endgame for me and when I sat down to listen, I would be content.
as with most hobbies, there is almost always something better you could get…but there is a level you reach that your return on investment is sparse. so unless you don’t suffer budget constraints, getting / having the best isn’t to hard. optics is actually quite a nice one now as the Chinese have made glass that used to be un-affordable to the masses within reach. having 90% of the performance is wunderbar and is very easy to live with. coffee is a bit different game…as once you hit about $2K, you’re not going to get appreciably better espresso / coffee than from a $3K or $10K machine. I suspect that’s because a $2K machine is just as hand-built as the $3K or $10K machines. you’ll get better style, some better parts, perhaps better reliability, but the espresso isn’t going to taste better. same thing for coffee grinders. I think they’re a lot like IEM’s in some ways. big difference in grinder quality as you jump the scale but once you hit the $500 - $700 mark, it’s not going to be getting much better. at that price point you’re going to get the same level of grind size uniformity etc. what is different however is that there is a higher entry price to get a good grinder. if you’re into coffee, then you may agree that the Baratza Encore is the starting point for good coffee and that’s a $200 (CAD) grinder. nothing below it compares in any way. if you’re spending less, you’re getting garbage and actually just buying into brand name. all those sub $200 burr grinders are abominations. and blade grinders? they’re an abomination!
anyhow, I digress.
the only thing that I see as happening if I did get my Quad endgame headphone setup is the pursuit of similar level dynamic, biodynamic and electrostatic headphones, so I could benefit from the sound profiles those technologies are known for.