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Does your family get a say in hifi purchases?

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Re: Does your family get a say in hifi purchases?

In my household it's always (sadly!) been me who investigates, auditions and purchases the HiFi...My wife loves music and can play anything from an Alto Sax to a clarinet but when listening likes to do something else. She would never sit in the ultimate position between two speakers and just listen to the music.


To her, she thinks all systems sound the same and refers to HiFi shops as "Shops with big windows". Like recently, when upgrading my system she said" oh..I see the cardboard boxes are arriving again" It's a shame but there you go.


Don't get me wrong, I've found the same reaction when i've bought new motorbikes in the past (she's a biker too!) but I think some people and not just women don't see leisure items as a necessity.


My daughters think I'm just mad and my son prefers his ipod and computer based system...oh and his live playing of course!


I've got a brother-in-law who has often said "when you going to stop buying all these bits and pieces and buy a proper system"..He means a speaker package supplied with his TV and all in one midi system!..Still..the flashing lights on his Graphic Equaliser look nice..eh?

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Re: Does your family get a say in hifi purchases?
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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?


Well, mine was quite happy with a telly and a stereo.  She thinks that finding the right TV, the right amp, the right speakers, the right blu-ray player etc. is just plain unnecessary.  As long as it is a HDTV, it doesn't matter whether it is a plasma or LCD let alone Pioneer, Panasonic, Sony, LG, Samsung, Phllips, Toshiba, Sharp, JVC etc...


Even now, I think that she feels that, although she admits everything I've bought produces excellent pictures and sound, it wouldn't really have made much difference what piece of kit I bought really. 


 

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JohnDuncan:

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

My wife bought me mine Big Smile


And that makes me feel better how? Crying

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


Well, mine was quite happy with a telly and a stereo.  She thinks that finding the right TV, the right amp, the right speakers, the right blu-ray player etc. is just plain unnecessary.  As long as it is a HDTV, it doesn't matter whether it is a plasma or LCD let alone Pioneer, Panasonic, Sony, LG, Samsung, Phllips, Toshiba, Sharp, JVC etc...


Even now, I think that she feels that although she admits everything I've bought produces excellent pictures and sound, it wouldn't really have made much difference what piece of kit I bit really. 


 



Same here - "so why do you need nine guitars?"

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Clare Newsome:

It does continue to puzzle me how many women will condone - nay, encourage - expensive ornamental furniture/room 'dressing' that has no function whatsoever yet see expenditure on AV kit as 'wasted' money when it has the capacity to entertain and move you like no damn sculptured bauble can.


 



Clare - apart from agreeing with you, I just wanted to say that I like your new avatar... 


 

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My bird does appreciate good sound/vision, but Ive been extremely creative with telling her the cost..


 A case in point is when I recently got a new Bryston 4B SST power amp. I convinced her it was a 'lesser' brand than Cyrus and was c. £200!


If she did a simple google search, id be in trouble!

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My wife absolutely loves our living room system! Particularly since i invested in the logitech Harmony remote!!!

Before we got married she didn't have a clue - but now she's quite the expert!

However, she swoons at all the gobeldy EDITED language re: cables and specs etc!

So,

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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?

To go shopping for shoes with a friend. Lunch and a chat to follow and then home to proceed to ring same friend and chat for further 25 minutes. A viewing of some soap or program about sick children follows dinner and then she pops round same friends house to 'catch up' (probably on the soap)

My OH would like for me to point out that this a concentration of all my friends experiences and nothing to do with her. She won't go round Vera's to count shoes 'til I've let you know. Tongue Tied

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thfcwestlower:

My bird does appreciate good sound/vision, but Ive been extremely creative with telling her the cost..


 A case in point is when I recently got a new Bryston 4B SST power amp. I convinced her it was a 'lesser' brand than Cyrus and was c. £200!


If she did a simple google search, id be in trouble!

My brother-in-law did a similar thing. Bought some very expensive interconnects (we're talking three figures) and made me swear not to tell my sister the real cost. She could have fed the kids for a month...

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chebby:

fast eddie:
They're some fantastic pictures!



Thanks.

No , they are seriously good.I've just spent an enjoyable 45 minutes looking at them.

Now, I know nothing about photography, so take this as a purely personal aesthetic judgement,but I don't find the colour landscapes as captivating as the b&w which are unusually warm and have depth. The way you frame some of the architectural shots is superb. My fave is the Yellow Gates which due to the colouring and shape I found strangely oriental.

Good work and has anyone ever said a Bowler suits you.  

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My wife likes the stereo but not the music I play. She does not therefore spend much time listening! In fact so much so she made me relocate the hi-fi to the extension which used to be the dining room!!! Now she complains that she doesn't see me enough!!!! However she does have a say in purchases...this is usually no but occasionally she relents. Infact to be fair I value her opinion, for instance a couple of years ago I spent a day shortlisting speakers before inviting her input on the final choice - happily we agreed on the PMC's. Just recently she sat with me and listened to some Leonard Cohen....we'd been having a few drinks!.... when she acknowledged how fantastic it was to listen to on (my) system - result! I then said I was thinking of upgrading the CD Player, she said 'Forget it' or words to that effect.

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i've got to say that my gf so far has been 100% behind recent upgrades.  i initially tried to convince her we needed new speakers by pointing out how much nicer they looked, i needn't have bothered, once she heard the difference in sound she was nearly as keen as me to upgrade.  i had drugged her beforehand though.......


however, i feel there will be more resistance should (when) i want to upgrade again.


chebby, only had a brief look, but well done on the abbey interior shot.  tricky lighting.Smile

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Re: Does your family get a say in hifi purchases?
Craig M.:

 i had drugged her beforehand though.......


however, i feel there will be more resistance should (when) i want to upgrade again.

Just use the Roofies again Big Smile 

 

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No.


I got my B&W685`s in light oak to match the decor, a silver and frosted glass Atacama rack for the same reason, not to mention a Project Xperience X-pack turntable only because it is largely a glass colour which also blends in with the decor. What more does she want?

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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........


Could have been the fact you were recognised as the singer/guitarist from Waxed.