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I'm curious as to all your experiences when it comes to the WAF of your purchases...

I was with my X for 17yrs. High school sweethearts. From the beginning she knew what she was getting into with me and my love affair of movies and music. I think I was 18 and for my birthday I had her get me a Pioneer receiver. Straight up surround sound. Left, right and pair of rears. It was heaven at the time. Well as the years went on and we grew up, bills got bigger, had a daughter, bought a few cars, a house,,,, not much left in the old budget for equipment. BUT that never stopped me!!!!! You can bet every year I'd sneak in a new purchase or two. I'd buy things I didnt really need but had to have. You all know how it is. The speakers would get bigger. The subs more powerful. THX what? DTS who?! Whats this new dvd thing???? I just gotta have Blu-ray!!!! She'd let her thoughts be known. A few times I'd be sleeping on the couch. I was such good friends with one of my local AV stores managers that I use to just go up and hangout with them, talk to customers and the such. I once had them write up a fake receipt for a subwoofer I bought. To this day my X still thinks I paid $349 for a brand new Definitive PF1500!!! lol.... But in the end when the weekend would come and we'd sit down for a movie, she loved it as much as I. I'm still friend with her today and sometimes she'll call me up for advice on what to buy with her new husband. And I'm more then happy to help....

The woman I see now is much younger then I (26 to my 43) and she's a big tech nerd and I love her. She'd much rather sit home on a Friday and watch movies then go to a club. She puts up with me for hours on end watching YouTube videos on subwoofer, speakers, and amps. Her birthday was last month, I was gonna get her a new Xbox 1... You know what she told me??? "I dont need that now, the 360 is fine. Lets get that projector for the house instead!".... She's a Keeper!!!!

So anyway, I'm just wondering about your significant others? How they deal with our addiction?
 

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That's a keeper!

In my life budget is the most notable factor in my system. I've been lucky enough to work I'm the industry and get discounts accordingly. Still it's a matter of scraping and saving. My wife's in law school and with one income I'm limited.

In general she's tolerant of my hobby and we have an agreement. "The living room can't look like a spaceship" that means equipment needs to be hidden and speakers need to match a certain esthetic. The one compromise she made was for my electrostatics. They look out of place to be sure but we got a custom wood for the cabinets so it's not too bad.
 

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That's a keeper!

In my life budget is the most notable factor in my system. I've been lucky enough to work I'm the industry and get discounts accordingly. Still it's a matter of scraping and saving. My wife's in law school and with one income I'm limited.

In general she's tolerant of my hobby and we have an agreement. "The living room can't look like a spaceship" that means equipment needs to be hidden and speakers need to match a certain esthetic. The one compromise she made was for my electrostatics. They look out of place to be sure but we got a custom wood for the cabinets so it's not too bad.
Budget is Always a factor but we always find a way! lol... Yea, women are tough. Its why we need our 'mancaves'. We're not buying shoes and purses. We probably dont spend much on ourselves outside of the equipment, which basically benefits the whole household. They dont get it.... We come home and our wives have plants put on our speakers (I had a nice water stain on my mains from my X). Ever since my divorce I have a new outlook. This is me, this is how I am, you have to accept it... I'll never change. lol
 

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Man cave... Once I'm out of apartment living a dedicated space will be mine. I've got crazy plans for any house I'm in. The more I learn about how much home automation is taking off the bigger my plans get.

I'm fully expecting to run way more data cables than I need when we do get a house. Even more if I end up building.

I've been to too many homes that skimped on prewire only to get hit with higher budgets to accomplish goals later.
 

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Man cave... Once I'm out of apartment living a dedicated space will be mine. I've got crazy plans for any house I'm in. The more I learn about how much home automation is taking off the bigger my plans get.

I'm fully expecting to run way more data cables than I need when we do get a house. Even more if I end up building.

I've been to too many homes that skimped on prewire only to get hit with higher budgets to accomplish goals later.
I hear ya brother. If I was building a new house I'd do the same. I have an OLD house and its a pain in the "keister" to be fishing lines though walls with plaster and lathe.
 

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I'm curious as to all your experiences when it comes to the WAF of your purchases...
Sighing a lot, leaving pictures about the floor in the kitchen, living room and master bath helped. Whining and begging goes a long way also.......

...:p

We came to an agreement that I was to do my level headed best to maintain the look of a traditional living room and she'd give me leeway to assemble our living room home theater system. Now that it's assembled, when we cash a million dollar lottery ticket, I can upgrade our speakers.

...:p
 

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My wife and I are approaching our 34th anniversary. She hasn't killed me yet. She knew what she was getting. When we met, I was a musician and she was a dancer (no, not that kind - ballet) and one of the things we had in common was our musical taste and a deep love of music. Although, she listens far less than I do, she has always been extremely tolerant of my obsession (though, the complexity of a system I had in the mid '80s drove her nuts - had to create an operator's guide for her). For most of our marriage, I've refrained from serious indulgence - until recently.

As we passed the half century mark, I loosened the belt a bit - with her complete blessing. In fact, it was she who suggested that it was time for me to build that mancave about which I had long dreamed. The only caveat was that the stereo I had in the living room was to move to a bedroom (our son's former room). I was only too happy to oblige.

She hasn't raised the first eyebrow at my insane purchases over the last several years. Since I decided to also include video (via a projector and a powered drop screen), she enjoys the space on our movie nights. As long as the money doesn't come out of the 'house account', she said that she doesn't care what I spend (actually, she doesn't want to know). It's not a bad arrangement - think I'll keep her.:yes:
 

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My current wife doesn't really care for my spending money to get a HT together but she sure does like to talk about it to her friends, and invite them for movie nights. :) When we bought our house I made a deal with her about what I wanted, and what she wanted. I got a Pond, HT, and the garage and she got everything else in the house to decorate.
 

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My current wife doesn't really care for my spending money to get a HT together but she sure does like to talk about it to her friends, and invite them for movie nights. :) When we bought our house I made a deal with her about what I wanted, and what she wanted. I got a Pond, HT, and the garage and she got everything else in the house to decorate.
Well you made out pretty well, you got 3 things! I remember one night years ago my X came home and I had just bought something. I dont remember what but lets say it was a $grand. Well she flips and starts complaining about money. Now keep in mind we were making 6 figures. I laughed and told her "shhhh, hold on a second". I proceeded to round up every pair of shoes I could find of hers in the house, over 200! and laid them out in the foyer. And then I put my shoes out, 8pair. My daughter can attest to all of this keep in mind. I told her, I dont buy purses, or dress clothes for my "job" and in fact I dont buy anything but audio equipment,,,,,,, well, maybe a sports car now and then. Point is that I think women, girlfriends and wives over look their $20 here, $30 there purchases because they seem like nothing. Men, we buy big ticket from time to time..... Now, not all are the same. As I mentioned else where, my girlfriend is a big tech geek like me, so shes all for these things that we all like here....
 

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This is my 3rd marriage and 3rd house... All of the marriages had the same deal. :T

The second marriage I didn't get the pond though as it turned out all the irrigation pipes for the Homes around us (home owners association too) were running through our yard!
 

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This year will mark the 10 year anniversary with my wife. I'm lucky in that I don't have the WAF. Our agreement was that I can do anything I want with the living room and she gets the rest of the house. DEAL! LOL! As long as bills are paid we're good. Though she does occasionally wonder why I spend so much money to stay in the house haha.
 

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This year will mark the 10 year anniversary with my wife. I'm lucky in that I don't have the WAF. Our agreement was that I can do anything I want with the living room and she gets the rest of the house. DEAL! LOL! As long as bills are paid we're good. Though she does occasionally wonder why I spend so much money to stay in the house haha.
LOL hey, you could be out at the bar so if I were her, I'd be happy with you. Lets not forget our old tried and true standby come back "Honey, its not just for me but everyone. We all can enjoy this theater!"
 

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LOL hey, you could be out at the bar so if I were her, I'd be happy with you. Lets not forget our old tried and true standby come back "Honey, its not just for me but everyone. We all can enjoy this theater!"
That's what I always say. :T
 
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