Do You Tell Others How Much You Have Invested in Your System?

Putting security and personal safety issues aside, do you share with others how much you have invested in your system?

I can see cases when we share with those who are generally interested what the "tariff" is for superb audio reproduction. Or, those who are already know how tall you have to be to ride the ride.

Can you think of any other reasons (accountants, lawyers, insurance, etc)? Afterall, when your spouses second cousin pulls in the driveway in their Minivan, bragging about fact that you have $10k invested in cables may not be the best way show common interests?

What say you?


51 years ago I bought a Fisher Model 222 Studio Standard receiver. A pair of Fisher 101 2-way bookshelf speakers. And a Dual 1225 turntable. Total cost about $400 as I recall. The most I’ve ever spent as a % of available funds. It started a nice journey. I now have much more expensive gear but it’s a much smaller piece of the puzzle. What you spend is only proportional to what you have to spend. You don’t need to share it. Just be thankful you can do it.

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I certainly don't go out of my way to let people know what my system is worth, but I have talked numbers with several of my friends.  In those cases, we are all generally on an equal playing field financially and we all just choose to make difference choices with our funds.  In most cases, they say that they would love to have a similar system, but have never actually convinced themselves to take the plunge.

I have one friend that has a comparable system (I think he'd trade me straight up!) and he's often my sounding board for my system so has been there since the beginning and knows pretty much everything about my system.

For reference, the retail value of my entire current stereo setup is probably under $10,000, so it would be a difference conversation if I had individual components worth significantly more than my entire system.