BigHammer: My wife is also incredibly understanding. And also the one bringing home the larger chunk of bacon! Unfortunately other priorities preclude me from venturing into the high end stuff. Next purchase looks to be possibly the FiiO E18 USB DAC & AMP (or similar)
(unfortunately well aware of the headphone thread. I feel my bank balance decrease just viewing the posts!)
Yup I hear you. It's a fantastic hobby I have to say, especially if you love music the way I do. There is very little better feeling in the world than hearing a bit of music for the first time on new gear and hearing stuff in those tracks you never heard before :) Addictive.