My dealer says he has three types of customers.
(a) The knowledgeable hifi enthusiast who is always buying gear.
(b) The knowledgeable hifi enthusiast who never buys anything.
(c) The knowledgeable hifi enthusiast who buys something and is never (or rarely) seen again.
I am type c. I have had hifi as a hobby for about seven years, and I have only upgraded two pieces – I am on my second set of speakers and my second DAC.
I did go through a bunch of headphones a few years back, but I am now happy with what I now have.
I’m somewhere between type a and type c. I tend not to replace gear unless it has broken down or become pretty obsolete. With that said over the past 2 years my wife & I replaced/updated our old 1080p TV’s & AV receiver to HDR 4K stuff and I decided to set up a headphone system and SET system. Doing all of this involved my first gear purchases in about 10 years and now that everything is set up the way I want it I don’t expect to be doing more than some minor purchases for quite a while.
I am a partly/intermittently knowledgeable audiophile who will gets the occasional bug up my ass to go buy something because it caught my fancy.
Sometimes, it’s just to explore how a certain piece of gear or type of sounds.
I guess it’s C! Had two periods of enthusiasm: 2013 and 2018. I have read a lot, watched many videos and learned things about audio and hifi in that time. I was able to make buying-decisions with the budget i could afford.
I replaced some stuff and NOW .. I guess I have reached 80%+ of the maximum, limited by my room, budget and interest. Better speaker cables are on my list and i have a “lol, no need, but if you could spare 10K, geht this”-shopping list with a few items (like QUTEST, ATOM, a better stylus, Nuc+) and if I had 15K I would (could) get a pair of Kii Three.
But until then, I will just follow John’s and some other sites without sadness. I have the feeling, that i am pretty well suited right now!
C for sure. If I spend a load of money on some nice gear I make sure it’s something I’m going to want to live with for a long time. I just don’t have the money to keep on buying new stuff, so I do my research and buy very carefully.
I’m a definite A. I have a great relationship with a couple of hifi-stores in Copenhagen where I get a very nice discount (because I buy gear all the time). That means that the hit I take on the used market is not too bad. Also, I like buying used, and then you can basically resell the item at or near the same price. So it’s a carousel that I enjoy very much.