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RE: "... often without regard for any real improvement in our lives."

I'm not at all sure it is. Even when you're deciding whether to hunt mammoths or bunnies. The mammoth can feed your tribe for a month, but then, the bunny can't impale you.

From an audio perspective, I try to reign in my lust for the best because I know, objectively, that another $100,000 could buy me incrementally better sound, but that it won't buy me more listening pleasure. More like unfixed toothaches and debtor's prison. But even then, the choices aren't always clear. There's pleasure in lust, after all. If you're Jay Leno, and can afford a garage full of antique cars, does the satisfaction of lust not require that you do so to achieve the same pleasure of someone of more modest means who scrimps to buy a Model A?

The wanting is sometimes more fulfilling than the having. As Mr. Spock said, it isn't logical, but it's true.

However, my very unscientific definition of a great audio component is one that's so special that you say, "OK, I can hear that this isn't perfect, but it's so damn amazing that I could happily live with it for the rest of my life." The Tympani 1-D's were the first audio product I ever bought that gave me that feeling. Peleton on the Planar Asylum just scored a pair and I'm watching him react the same way I did to their magic. I've bought much pricier components that didn't have it. And I'll be damned if I could point to a measurement that makes those 1-D's so awesome -- except for their midbass and lower midrange, it's easy to find speakers that do better in almost every category.

Edits: 05/13/12 05/13/12

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