Preamble: When I was young, I used to appreciate, savor, revere, cherish, relish, and revel in those moments where I was unfettered, bewtween obligations...literally with nowhere I needed to be. I knew those halcyon moments would end, kind of like Colonel Kilgore opining the fleeting nature of shooting at Charlie*.
Anyway, while I am pretty much fresh out of those limitless horizon moments, there are snippets of the feeling that can occur in Hi Fi, and here comes one now.
Got a new place to stay during work travel, and I gots an empty space to fill with Hi Fi. Hence, I'm posting this in "Entry Level." (It's about system building.)
I gots philomcsophical questions for y'all.
Starting with a blank slate, no preconceptions, what would you do?
I'm thinking a Lao Tse approach is indicated.
Naturalness, vitality, peace, "non-action" (wu wei - action without action, effortless doing), emptiness (refinement), detachment, the strength of softness (or flexibility), receptiveness, spontaneity, the relativism of life, ways of musical speaking/communication and guiding one's experience.
My wife, a Presbyterian, "follows the Tao" in a fine way. She can find places with very little apriori information - I want to find sound that way.
A proper room that respects the sound is going to be a given (I hope to enlist some of Ethan's products, actually,) but where would you begin after that?
There are some budgetary restraints, too. Also, I'm thinking maybe bringing some spares from home...but I don't want to pre-foil anybody''s great ideas...so, what's your Hi Fi philosophy and how do you/would you pursue it if faced with a suddenly 'uncarved' opportunity?
I'm wanting to learn how y'all think about Hi Fi as well as trying to discover some great gear choices.
* A combined Raising Arizona, Apocalypse Now! reference.