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Do You Still Buy Gear That You Don't Need

Discussion in 'audio' started by ryder, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    I have settled on two completely different systems.
    The full 70’s Quad. Boy this sounds good.

    Technics Se-A3/Su-A4 with Cabasse Galion 4.
    Lots of dynamics (speakers with 95 dB/W efficiency, 200 watt amp).

    I just buy to repair as a hobby now.
  2. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    Guitar effects pedals with me.... how many delay pedals does one need ?

    All of them !
  3. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Test gear here
  4. mercalia

    mercalia pfm Member

    well haveing alternative gear allows you to swap in and out gear over an extended time period to counteract wishful thinking bias and other physical changes that can change over time & come and go? - I dont think our ears were "designed" by evolution with hifi in mind?
    Minio likes this.
  5. bhazen

    bhazen pfm Member

    Sad to report that I'm awaiting delivery of a pair of Q Acoustics bookshelf speakers I absolutely do not need. But reviews suggested they'd be fun ...
  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    What would it sound like if you daisy chained the delays all together ?
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  7. wylton

    wylton pfm Member

    My immediate reaction, was just to post NO! But then I remembered that I have 3 x Naim pre-amps sitting around (2 x NAC12 and 1 x NAC22) and enough bits up in the workshop to make at least another 3 x power amps!

    Oh, and I forgot about the NAP120 sitting on the shelf too!
  8. Durmbo

    Durmbo Not French

    Not for several years, until the last few months which have seen an influx of small speakers - this actually to fulfill a necessity of sorts as none of my three or four existing pairs met the standard. I seem to have settled on a relatively permanent pair now so this wee spree could be over. Unfortunately, now a dangerous interest in amplifiers is brewing. :eek:
  9. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    No more buying for me. I've got two systems I'm very happy with, and enough spare stuff to keep me going if something blows up.
  10. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    As I curently have 28 turntables, 15 pairs of speakers, 11 cassette decks, 6 tuners, 6 CD players and 14 amps, I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions...
    MikeMA, nmtjb, Vinniemac and 2 others like this.
  11. mikechadwick

    mikechadwick pfm Member

    Yes - and then having to go through the pain of trying to sell the kit you recently bought because it wasn't a magic unicorn after all :cool:
  12. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac pfm Member

    Of course not. Everyone needs seven pairs of headphones, don’t they?
  13. hockman

    hockman pfm Member

    Yes this is very true. Further, seldom can you recoup the price you paid, unless a) you got a fantastic deal in the 1st place, or b) the gear is sought after and has escalated in price (e.g. Naits 1 & 2?).

    It's much better to improve your main system rather than have 'new' toys to play around with. Or even better, just spend the money exploring more music both live and recordings.
  14. Del monaco

    Del monaco pfm Member

    I try to make sure I have the sound that I want through extensive listening so I don’t need to fall into the insecurity of upgrading continuously. I’ve been there, was never satisfied and it cost a fortune. I just enjoy the music now on a rather modest but beautifully balanced system.
  15. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    I've bought a succession of record players that last around 12 months, and leave due to lack of use, only for me to buy another one 12 month later.
    mikechadwick likes this.
  16. monya

    monya pfm Member

    No I don’t buy stuff I don’t need. Not knowingly anyway. I’ve only got one of the bits I need and only one pair of headphones too. Except I have two energisers because decent ones are rarer than hens teeth in the UK. I only change stuff if I think it sounds better. Sometimes I switch it on too.
  17. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    Or c) you buy broken stuff cheaply, repair and refurbish it and enjoy it for a while before selling it on.
  18. idem

    idem pfm Member

    Yes, absolutely! Cant walk past something that caught my eye (or I know that I will regret it later)
    It is usually a question to myself: do I need it - well, no, but do I want it? - yes, yes, YES!!!
    Snufkin likes this.
  19. Durmbo

    Durmbo Not French

    Buy second hand and worry less about making a loss on resale, if a loss is inevitable. It's a hobby. You don't recoup or make a profit on recreational cycling, or on a gig, or on a bottle of whisky you might be currently enjoying, do you?

    I do agree though that selling gear is a pain. Ah well. My collection will probably go into the bonfire after I'm gone.
  20. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones pfm Member

    Just mentioning that I have three live ads on Basschat…. All excellent vfm if you're interested in an ACG Jazz 5, a Jap Precision, or a US Jazz with choice of EMGs ;)

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