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What is the value of your hifi compared to your annual salary / income?

Discussion in 'audio' started by JezmondTutu, Mar 1, 2022.

  1. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    I think I’m at around 50% of my annual salary for the main rig.

    Maybe I need to upgrade? :D:D:D
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  2. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    Two words: disproportionately high!
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  3. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member


    Naturally it depends what you earn - I’m a lowly Civil Servant.
  4. ssimon

    ssimon pfm Member

    I cannot rememember all the prices of items purchased over twenty years, but I consider it a good investment when you consider enjoyment and resale value. Quality Hi-Fi is more durable compared to other electronic devices . My set up would also cost in today's money 50% of my annual pension.
    P.S. The question also brings to mind a bumper sticker in the back window of a full size Tonka truck. "HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS"
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  5. hifi-dog

    hifi-dog pfm Member

    about 25%, but then i dont earn masses in local govt
  6. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Given that many have posted what their systems consist of, be careful if you don’t wish to publicise your income!
  7. chris geary

    chris geary pfm Member

    with the exception of the LP-12, Ittok, Kairn and 1 Klout, which were purchased new 20 + years ago, the bulk of the system has been purchased used, at substantial discount. So, current system value is a small fraction of my lowly civil servant salary.
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  8. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    HaHa - good point!
  9. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    Are we talking in terms of replacement as new value or what you actually paid for it?

    For me that would be the difference between about 20% and 100%
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  10. Dinovector

    Dinovector pfm Member

    I don't actually know, it's been acquired over a long time frame, some new and some pre owned. I don't think I've ever spent over 15% of my annual income in one year
  11. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    Based on what I paid, it looks like my main system sits at 114% of my annual salary.
  12. herb

    herb brain's right hemisphere

    50% of my pensions, and should be more.
  13. Based on my salary alone (excluding benefits), my kit cost 5.6% of my annual salary. If I had to replace it like for like, it would cost 18% of my annual salary.

    Cheers BB
  14. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    I am receiving state PIP or whatever it is called - disabled thingy.

    I don’t know what my hifi is worth.

    My ears are priceless.
  15. Somafunk

    Somafunk pfm Member

    If I’m taking the entire cost including room treatment then approx 50% of yearly income (pip/disability), although I did sell my mk2 golf road/track car last year which paid for everything.
  16. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Sounds like you need to upgrade!
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  17. rag987

    rag987 pfm Member

    Is that gross or after HMRC have taken their cut? I would say about 50% of my take-home as an "insurance replacement value", though some of the stuff has been with me for many years so I would have purchased at a lower price.
  18. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Me too, I ate one sour too.

    I'm not answering this question, but am delighted at exactly how little I have spent, despite owning some very nice things.
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  19. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Gross, replacement cost. A slightly silly post I guess!
  20. Michael Steen

    Michael Steen Militis

    With most of my hifi 40 years old, very little to nothing. Better to ask how much I have spent on LPs and CDs over the same period. The music is precious, the hifi just a means of listening, the room treatment for aesthetics only - I prefer to give more of my "income" away to Charity than I would ever spend on unnecessary "upgrades".
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