I think everyone who starts out plans out how much they want to buy. Some buy all their equipment, and end up going about 100-200 over as they forgot that they needed a box, wiring, or they realize that they are inept at doing anything other than spending money and decide to get someone else to do it (who ends up being just as inept, and you have to fix it anyway.....). Lets face it, not many people don't have a budget to just buy whatever they want!
Anyway, my first goal was to spend $750 on my system, which doesn't include my HU, which I got for my birthday. And $750 can actually get you a pretty nice system as well. I was busy dreaming about getting the best possible system money could buy, but I still knew what I could actually buy. I was planning on getting a couple new Orion amps, which are marked down a tonne on the internet, so you can get good deals. A set of Infinity Perfect components and a couple Type R's, and im already pushing my budget. At this point, I decided to say screw it and bump my budget up to around $1000, not a big increase as I just got some more money in.
And then it happened..... A set of Arc Audio Amps came up for sale for a deal that I couldn't resist. Of course these ARE top quality, so it was sure not cheaper than what I had planned in the first place. There went a lot of money, and about 80% of my budget on TWO AMPS!!!! This is when things got out of hand, and I bumped my budget up to $1600.
I just finished buying my last part of my system. A grand total of $1800 spent so far. Two Arc Audio amps, a Rainbow pro 3-way set, and a JL W6v2. As my first system. That, my friends, is a grand total of 140% over my original budget.
Forunately for me, I had always planned for the box and the wiring to be ontop of the $750, so even though I don't even have my wiring or anything yet, that isn't goign to inflate my budget even more.
I think its fair to say that im offically addicted, and I haven't even hooked anything up!!! (I just have the 2 amps here right now, sub and speakers should be in next week).
Someone please me with their overbudget story, so I don't feel ashamed.... stratch that, im not ashamed, Ive never been happier!!! So, someone please me with their overbudget story so we can bask in the glory of it for eternity!