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Are Enthusiast Products Expenses or Assets?
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The asset/expense argument is a very valid one. I fell down the rabbit hole a little later in life than 13 - at that age, it was more about swapping records and CDs with people to listen to as much music as possible in the era before Spotify, YouTube and (ahem) Napster, so in effect the same principle but for less tangible results. When I did embrace audiophilia, I went through much the same realisation though - in order to hear all the possible permutations of sonic excellence churned out by the industry, you don't have to purchase them all outright - you can merely loan them from someone (be it a store or a private investor) and then pass them on to another willing investor at a later date for a modest depreciation fee. while you carry on your search for the perfect sound.
In fact, due to the way the audio market holds value, if you are very shrewd (or more likely, lucky) you can sometimes pass them back into the crowd for a small profit. This was the real epiphany for me - as long as I don't have too much audio gear "on the go" at any one time for the sake of my bank balance, I can listen to things which would otherwise be outside of my reasonable price bracket and then "re-use" the money invested to listen to something else.
Of course, trying to draw the line at where "too much" starts is the difficult part, but that is a separate topic...