Well I was going to ignore this because as Haim says the answer is obvious. But in reality for many the Hi-Fi is the end in itself.
But Mango I posed you the question in another of your threads the other day "has this journey enhanced your enjoyment of the music"?
@Lindsay - To the question, at it's face value, the answer would be - the question does not compute for me - and I'm not entirely sure what you are trying to get at. I apologize, but it just isn't obvious to me. (Maybe that itself is answer enough).
The journey itself was terrible. In this case, it really wasn't about the journey. If anything, it's consequence was fatigue, annoyance etc. If I knew what the journey would have entailed, I would not have started. The end result was not with the years of pain, obsession, time sink, apprehension. Not fun at all.
A person that IMHO is a good judge of character called me a bulldog. Once I get my teeth into something, I can't let go. (Not sure if that's what bulldogs do - but you get the idea). That makes me successful in certain aspects of life - but it certainly can be a liability if I get my mind set on something inconsequential.
So - when I started off - October 2010. Bought a new home. Finally thought I'll get a nice system.
[Mind went back to ~30 years ago - when I first heard for the first time, by my standards, a nice system. I was in 8th grade. Memories are obviously hazy and unreliable - I just remember the soundstage being wide.]
Anyway - not looking for much. Bose would have been great. whatever. Didn't know better. Did some rounds of Hifi stores. Here's the funny thing - my PC, playing mp3s, a $100 sound card and some PC speakers did better than most $1000 systems. Not suprising, in retrospect.
Hey - just wanted a system that worked. Could fill the big room with music. Is that asking too much?
The next 5 years are documented in the forum. :-)
I just couldn't make the damn system sound any good. It just didn't sound right. Now like a bull dog, I held on, while I was being dragged by the car. Too stupid to let go. .. more later...
Dealer for help? I did call him in at the beginning- talking about aspects I did not like. Answer - FlatCap, Powerlines. I paid retail, and they did nothing. I din't want to take up any more of his time...
Anyway - 5 years later, after a crazy s/h driven upgrade path - nd5xs, naitxs, superuniti, ndx, 202/200, 282/hicapdr/250, supercap, 2 hicaps, back to 282/hicapdr/250, NDS... each step better, each step ultimately unsatisfying... somewhere a unitiserve came in, better network cables, etc. etc, the various power strips... - Yes, I did go off the deep end... - throwing good money after bad?
Peace. system came together. got rid of synology. QNAP TS-453A. That plus TrippLite on the various network components in the house... A few weeks ago - this was the first time, the system rivaled a CDX I heard many years ago..
Having solved the problem - It's all good. I can go back to the core need from 7 years ago. Just want a nice system. Play some tunes. Kick back and relax. A ND5XS/naitXS would be plenty. But who am I kidding - now I'm spoilt- once you get used to the NDS/552 level of sounds, it's hard going back...
Come to think of it, that many years ago, should've stuck with the CD5XS/NaitXS. Tha was one helluva system. I haven't heard the latest incarnation of the network systems - maybe they finally sound as good as the cd players of yore...
Does that answer your question?