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Next time you're in JL make a swerve passed the handbags and shoes (JD) to the AV centre and (pre-arranged if req) let her see how great a BD pic is. T.Vs aren't that expensive now and I bet if you added up the price of various shoes & H bags...that rarely see the light of day..... i bet they cost more. If you get as far as price per usage figures she'll have to defer, for want of looking churlish !

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No Chance!

My Mrs thinks ours only cost about 3k!

The day she discovers searching for equipment on the internet I'm DEAD!

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BigGuads:
No Chance!

My Mrs thinks ours only cost about 3k!

The day she discovers searching for equipment on the internet I'm DEAD!


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No family=No hifi buying disagreements.

Just aswell, as i have decisiveness issues anyway.

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I know that feeling only too well! I've been busy reading the latest WHF top-end magazine at hone - excellent stuff by the way - I always detect a worried look from my wife ("what's he up to now...?")

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My wife thought the whole subject was boring until I took her to see some B&W speakers at Cloney Audio in Dublin.  This prompted her to see just how good floorstanding speakers could look and so she decided we would redecorate the whole front room.  She approved my Atacama plasma & hi-fi stands and she also decided that the Monitor RS6's looked nicer than the B&W 683's but the fact that the Monitors were ?1k cheaper than the B&W's had a bigger influence on my purchase decision, TBH.


The only thing she wont let me have is a turntable...  She is very happy with everything else I've bought though. 


 

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What I want to know though is why wives think it's so boring and unnecessary?  What would they prefer instead?

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Clare Newsome:

JohnDuncan:

Clare Newsome:

I do worry - from many threads on this Forum - that some of you (obviously not Thaiman!) compromise too readily and too far Devil

I hope you're all as harsh on your families with their choice of expenditure....



This is easy for you to say, having a partner who does not consider silence preferable to any music or film.

I tend to screen for these traits before selection Wink 

I try to do this, but i think people lie... beforehand, they are happy to sit and listen to music while chatting away... after its a roll of the eyes, and music just isn't as interesting as the tv. :'(
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Collectus:
What I want to know though is why wives think it's so boring and unnecessary?  What would they prefer instead?



Possibly it is that women consider men are basically 'infantile' on some level and it all goes back to the "boys and their toys" phenomena.

Another hobby of mine is photography. (B&W landscapes especially) I have sold many framed prints of my work, had two successful exhibitions and photographed weddings for good money. At the beginning of my interest in photography I even studied for and passed a City & Guilds in my spare time, and yet I still suspect that my interest ranks as something she 'indulges', just as she would indulge our children when they used to be into various childish pursuits.

I think lot of women consider their own activities and interests as 'adult' and men's activites as 'childish' hobbies.

It is interesting how many people here admit to a degree of deception when it comes to hiding the cost of their hifi equipment. I think this re-inforces what I am saying about the psychology of men's interests vs women's interests. It is almost as if the guys here are worried about being 'found out' like a child.
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igglebert:
It never ceases to amaze me how society 'allows' television to be on in the lounge by default but hifi has to be by exception. At least, that's the way I see it happen. Hifi is a nuisance that gets some air time but then the TV is the immediate default when I'm done. Personally one of my compromises has been having a TV at all as if it was my house alone then I'd only have an ickle one in the kitchen.

Living alone I can have the tv in the bedroom and not the livingroom so when folks do come over its not instantly switched on and people staring like zombies. Its fortunate that most friends would also listen to music than watch tv. Smile

the next hopefully bigger flat it'll probably be tucked into the spare room.

@ Chebby - Do you have a flickr site? I'm still very much learning, but hopefully going to pick up a Canon EOS 450D in the next few months as the manual focus on the bridge camera is annoying the hell out of me.
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fast eddie:
@ Chebby - Do you have a flickr site? I'm still very much learning, but hopefully going to pick up a Canon EOS 450D in the next few months as the manual focus on the bridge camera is annoying the hell out of me.



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Mark Ellis:
The only thing she wont let me have is a turntable...



My wife bought me mine Big Smile

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andyb190:
JohnDuncan:
My wife's Mulberry bag cost as much as the Neutrons. I got some swoons behind me in the queue in John Lewis when I bought it........

Are you sure it was the bag ?

Or were they heard to say..'Isn't that the front runner in the WHS&V Personality of the Year Award  2008 ?'



No, I think it was the line "my wife bought this 35 quid bag and I think it looks cheap - can I swap it for this 400 pound one?"

Admittedly all the people in the queue in JL Kingston did look like this:



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They're some fantastic pictures!

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fast eddie:
They're some fantastic pictures!



Thanks.
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