The decision to clear the decks.

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  1. yotacowboy

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    This is such an important opinion, and I share it, too. Of all of the sources of information about audio gear I use nowadays to make decisions that (hopefully) lead to greater appreciation of the music I enjoy, in addition to the generous loaner programs here, SBAF has absolutely been the most beneficial and effective. I know this is sappy, but SBAF itself kinda deserves a meta-Golden Schlong. It's that core of Friends, and we all know who they are without listing them out explicitly, that I have to thank for helping find my way (sort of) off the merry-go-round without feeling disenchanted.

    Cheers, SBAF.
     
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    That's more or less the final stage of this hobby (music listening as an audiophile), don't you think? It takes some thrash to get there, since we don't like to learn without getting burned.
     
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    As I have crept past that 50 mark, I'm embracing simplification in other aspects of my life as well. Would it be worth starting a more general thread in Random Thoughts about general decluttering?
     
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    @yotacowboy I got out of the headphone hobby when I was never listening on headphones. I grew tired of the weird high end and distortion instead of weight. I sold all my old nearfields, sold my Dangerous Source because it was just too Burr Brown sounding, and bought a MOTU setup and a pair of KRK Rokit 5. Those broke, I gave them to @Parker for cost of shipping, and I eventually bought the KRK V6 because I got a deal and that's what I'm using 100% of the time until I upgrade to a pair of 8" Questeds that a few SBAF friends have now for even more brutal warmth than the KRKs. I don't use headphones at all. I just use the warm but brutal real KRKs, my car speakers, and a pair of Porta Pros. I play DI guitar with an old pair of HD 25 because my amps were all crap and died a long time ago. Otherwise I use HD 280 and DT 770 occasionally.
     
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    Invariably, I regret selling my audio gear.

    Sold some Grado GH-1s. I hate myself for it.

    Sold my Th-900. I hate myself for it.

    Sold my Vali 2. Dammit.

    Sold my O2 amp. I have never missed it once.
     
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    Have you tried the "6 months in a box in the garage then listen to it again" trick? At least with the hard to replace gear ...
     
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    I am generally excited about simplification/minimalism related subjects.
     
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    Dude, the 90's called... and they're wondering if you're available to DJ their next block party.
     
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    Look for deeper meaning grasshopper.
     
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    How I feel when I am trying to decide if I should sell old gear or keep everything.

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    After it goes though, there is no audio gear I've regretted selling because I've always moved up to something which I thought had stronger technicalities. I do often think back though and wish I had old gear simply for comparison, to make sure I haven't gone completely mad.

    Update to this: I heard Ether 2 again yesterday. I should not have sold that shit. That being said, re-buys are like getting back together with an ex.
     
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    Re: Decision to Cleark the Decks

    I want to say thank you @yotacowboy for presenting this thread. Since you posted it a few months back (6 damn) I have been actively and passively thinking about the position of you and others in this thread.

    Many members have made great points about how there is an inherent need to take the ride and obtain the experience of the spectrum of available gear. It is with this experience that the true sleeper gear is found.

    Little background..I started out on this journey out of college at my first real job when I needed some headphones back in 2006 and found info. on HF that directed my budget towards the JVC HAS500’s (which I still have today). Had the comfort been better I would have used them longer, but my coworker picked up a set of HD555’s that I instantly liked better and followed suit. HD650’s soon followed, then many more sets from the spectrum of manufacturers. In retrospect, the gear cycling was too much short term want and desire and not enough sit, live with and listen.

    Fifteen years later and a few periods of selling off gear and I am at the same crossroads that you found yourself. The headphones I have now, though small in number amount to superb enjoyment and unsurpassed value (enjoyment being the key word).

    Over the past year I have slowly unfollowed all of the HF threads that I frequented except for a few where some good people share experiences and have spent a higher volume of my time on SBAF absorbing a more levelheaded approach to audiophilia. Now I sit on the edge of a fence of indecision on what to sell and what to keep, spending more time drifting along with the tracks and less time trying to decipher the differences between one set of headphones and another.

    The last subject is that of how to move forward in the hobby when “clearing the decks”. I have, without any real effort, cut down on reading mindless dribble regarding portable media players, headphones that are uninteresting to me, and posts of the latest and greatest products on HF and have spent more time learning about the mechanics of the hardware itself. Reading articles on SBAF has proven to be more informative and concise and a nice resource to fill my curiosity of what others are using to obtain supreme audio satisfaction. What I have found to be most consistent is that very few pieces of gear rise to the top of universal praise, but many personal opinions on favorite, good, bad, terrible, best ever statements are not shared, and in that comforting entropy I can readily sell of gear and convert to a simpler setup.

    Thank you again everyone posting above for your thoughts and insights.
     
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