Some recent reading on various audio fora got me thinking. How did I end up with a DCS product, which is more expensive than anything I would have envisioned purchasing? Here is my personal journey. I wonder what others here think and how your journey was different.
1: I got to the point where I could afford more expensive products than earlier in my life. But I’m still quite frugal and deeply dislike “over-spending”, so that doesn’t quite tell the whole story
2: Well-built, well-backed, and aesthetically attractive products appeal to me. I’d rather spend once for quality than buy cheaper, more disposable, products and do the “rinse and repeat”
3: During the pandemic, music became much more important to me as did the appeal of streaming and I began looking to satisfy that urge. I love researching things before I buy – whether it’s a camera/lenses, an automobile, a mobile phone, a home, etc. As a Ph.D. engineer / business strategy advisor my research is extensive but also personally enjoyable
4: In the world of audio, I can’t say – no one can – that I’ve heard everything, and that any one product is the “best”. When I got my dCS Bartok, it was based off research & reviews (no listening, thanks to the pandemic) and while I was hopeful, I was also very relieved when it made SUCH a difference to my listening. The rest of my system is the same as before (all purchased over a decade ago) except for a Torus power unit which is also transformative in its impact.
5: Some form of music is now almost always on at home which is the most important thing I can say about it all. Thank you dCS and the progress of technology!