Today's NY Times (12/16) has a sarcastic capsule review of the Parasound Halo JC3 phonostage. Normally I would ignore this sort of thing from "the newspaper of record" but the reviewer, Stephen Williams, concludes with this:
"It is also, of course, part of a never-ending chase that defines audiophilia. After all, if you were ever to attain the perfect sound, your hobby would be over."
No sir, you are wrong. The hobby is listening to music not collecting components. The closer we get to the (unobtainable) "perfect sound," the more rewarding the hobby becomes.