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What in your current life do you consider to be essential items that greatly enhance your current lifestyle? 

This topic came up at one of my wine group dinners this week. The topic is NOT intended to be a serious topic, just a fun topic about our lifestyles.

In an effort to enhance participation in a forum in much need of post, perhaps just list one item at a time. List the item and if you like the brand itself. I do know that many here on this forum often spend endless hours researching essential  items ( guilt) and seeking advice from peers.

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Pan-Am leather shoulder bag.  I've had it for over six years now after purchasing it from a store in SOHO.  The company that makes it purchased the logo when the airline went bankrupt.  It has replaced my company's laptop bag and backpack.  I like it because of the nostalgia and because it is still functional as a personal item when traveling on a plane.  

doubled posted:

Pan-Am leather shoulder bag.  I've had it for over six years now after purchasing it from a store in SOHO.  The company that makes it purchased the logo when the airline went bankrupt.  It has replaced my company's laptop bag and backpack.  I like it because of the nostalgia and because it is still functional as a personal item when traveling on a plane.  

Very cool and retro!

Headphones:

Sennheiser HD 600 open back -- best sounding phones I've heard. Amazing clarity and definition, and a HUGE sound stage.

But thanks to Rob for also turning me on to the Meze 99 Classics. He made me realize I needed closed back phones. Warmer sound than the Sennheisers, and also lovely to look at.

And for running or working around the house/yard, I love my Jaybird X2 wireless Bluetooth buds. The best sounding buds I've heard - even better than the Jaybird X3 and Jaybird Run.

Gieve's & Hawkes denim jeans (& Dutil Denim Shop). G&H on Savile Row used to make jeans. They were the best jeans. Fit me like I was the mannequin they were created for. They stopped production and I bought 5 pairs. All of them eventually wore out in the crotch. Dutil rebuilt them to the point where a foot away you couldn't tell. I have my jeans back.  

I've been thinking about this since I first saw this question, and couldn't come up with an immediate answer - the reality is that it's everything I have, or nothing that I have.  But in terms of those things that I use daily and enrich my life, I would say my car.  Sure, I could get by with an old beater that gets me from point A to point B.  But I really enjoy my BMW 535 i xDrive and look forward to driving it every day.

And, as Sunnylea mentioned, my Kindle App on my iPad.

sunnylea57 posted:

Headphones:

Sennheiser HD 600 open back -- best sounding phones I've heard. Amazing clarity and definition, and a HUGE sound stage.

But thanks to Rob for also turning me on to the Meze 99 Classics. He made me realize I needed closed back phones. Warmer sound than the Sennheisers, and also lovely to look at.

And for running or working around the house/yard, I love my Jaybird X2 wireless Bluetooth buds. The best sounding buds I've heard - even better than the Jaybird X3 and Jaybird Run.

Thanks for this.  I have been considering Sennheiser phones for home use, and definitely want open back, so I will look into the 600.  I need some closed back ones, too, for traveling.  I was not familiar with the Meze.  Is that a better option than closed back Senns?

haggis posted:
sunnylea57 posted:

Headphones:

Sennheiser HD 600 open back -- best sounding phones I've heard. Amazing clarity and definition, and a HUGE sound stage.

But thanks to Rob for also turning me on to the Meze 99 Classics. He made me realize I needed closed back phones. Warmer sound than the Sennheisers, and also lovely to look at.

And for running or working around the house/yard, I love my Jaybird X2 wireless Bluetooth buds. The best sounding buds I've heard - even better than the Jaybird X3 and Jaybird Run.

Thanks for this.  I have been considering Sennheiser phones for home use, and definitely want open back, so I will look into the 600.  I need some closed back ones, too, for traveling.  I was not familiar with the Meze.  Is that a better option than closed back Senns?

I haven't tried closed-back Sennheisers but if the open-back models are any indication, I expect the upper-range closed-back models are excellent. 

Here's a review of the SD 600s:

https://www.rtings.com/headpho...nheiser/hd-600-hd600

The main thing to note is the frequency response graph. A slight boost in the upper mid-range (2K), and the very low bass tails off, but I prefer this to the artificially enhanced bass-thumper phones that are prevalent these days.

The Meze were recommended to me by Rob Sutherland. Very high quality construction, very comfortable. I like the sound very much, but they do have a warmer sound than the Sennheisers with boosted low mids and bass. Here's a tech report showing the frequency response:

https://reference-audio-analyz.../meze-99-classic.php

My all clad copper core 10.5 inch essential pan but really just cooking in general.  Nothing relaxes me more after a busy day at work than turning on some music, making a cocktail and  cooking dinner for my family.  Cooking and pairing wine with a family meal is not just essential it is our lifestyle.  

I’ve been traveling more than normal this year including a few longer trips 4-5 days away at a time.  I cannot stand eating out 3 meals a day for more than a few days.  At home we cook probably 5 of the 7 nights and often breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends.  

wineart 2 posted:
g-man posted:

well then you need a proper set of sharpening stones!

We have a guy that picks up and cares for ours. He told me he is getting me a knife from a place named, Cut Brooklyn. Do you know of the place? 

w+a2,

Cut Brooklyn puts out a solid American made kitchen knife. The only thing I'll point out is they make some in stainless steel and quite a bit in high carbon steel which will require a bit more attention and will develop a nice patina. I'd be sure to ask your knife guy if there are any specific steps he recommends for caring for the particular blade he procures for you. I'm sure you'll enjoy it quite a bit. 

Le Crueset dutch oven.  soups, stews, browning meats, as a cloche for baking bread. on the stove, in the oven, in the BGE....  without a doubt the most important tool in my kitchen.  And they last forever.  My mom just gave me the oval one she got as a wedding gift.  

and my bike.  any of them.  any bike really.  essential.  I've never got back from a ride in a worse frame of mind than when i jumped on it.

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