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Addicted to Audio: Why Music Obsessives Blow Their 401Ks Chasing Down Vintage Gear

VINTAGE-AUDIO collectors are a peculiar breed of relic hunters—never still, rarely pleased, steadfastly in pursuit of another sonic fix.

Many of them may begin collecting affordable vintage gear as a hobby, only to quickly scale up their compulsion, “always looking for the next upgrade, or the perfect component,” said Adam Wexler, owner of StereoBuyers in Brooklyn, N.Y., which specializes in buying and selling high-end vintage-audio equipment (stereobuyers.com). “People obsess over this stuff, but that’s part of the enjoyment.”

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