Everybody utilizes a small amount of logic when purchasing equipment. Some of us go to great lengths to study a piece in the chain of our audio playback system of choice and some just buy! Recently, I have been upgrading slowly with the help and feedback of many of you on this board. It was brought to my attention recently by another board member that I probably wasn't gracious enough in my praise for those who have helped me along the way. While I do believe I threw out an occasional thank you for good well thought out feedback, I probably could have doled out more praise. So to those who have helped, thank you! You know who you are.... All of this said, I find that I analyze these purchases to death. Believe me, the info I get here is just the tip. I have not always been this way with other "hobbies" and purchases. As a matter of fact I have been known to be rather quick with other stuff. Audio stumps me and makes me think and hem and haw more than other stuff for some reason. It is probably coupled with my lack of general knowledge and feeling that I don't have what I want narrowed down and or how to get what I want into a piece of equipment. At any rate, does anybody else torture themselves over purchases and the end result? Is there a tipping point for many of you that pushes you one way or another? Is it time? What usually makes you commit to the purchase in the long run? For those of you that buy equipment in a sort of hipshot manner, do you just assume you will return it if you don't like it? (I hate the return process by the way.... no time for that, it's a major inconvenience and definitely something that plays into my decision making!) At any rate, thought I would vent this a bit....I will stop spouting now.