This sort of question raises many responses as of course we are all individuals and different, and there is no simple way to look at the answers.
Recently I had reason to look at the details of my system, and it is now easy to add up the money spent on hifi, and I can work out a cost of ownership per hour to satisfy the original question.
I started an interest in music in my teens, and via some quick and cheap purchases I started to look at “HiFi”, and via some amps and turntables started to consider I had a HiFi system. If I just consider the start of the purchase of Naim equipment, I had completed a Naim system in the late 1980’s, and this was using my second pair of loudspeakers, and a turntable which was changed just before the Naim purchase.
That system has remained unchanged since then, and has only been serviced this year, (prompted by some clear signs of failure). So if I take the initial purchase cost in the 1980’s, and add the recent service, and the 30 year life to date, cost per year is about £140.
There is no attempt to include any inflation factors, just the price paid at purchase.
I have NAC62, HICAP, NAP140, NAT02, Alphason Sonata with HR100 MCS, AT-OC7, Atlas PSU, and Rogers BBC Studio Monitors on Partington stands, and a Ron Smith Galaxie14 FM aerial, a Target Wall shelf for the Alphason, and bespoke design and build wall shelves for the 4 Naim boxes (some pictures posted in System Pics).
The cost per day is say 40 pence; per hour, well say 3 or 4 hours per day (radio, TV and records), a bit over 10 pence.
I have purchased bits other hifi stuff over the years, but these have been for other small projects, (for example I thought about gainclone amps), some of which never got off the ground. However the main Naim system has been unchanged apart from adding the TV sound when we were forced to change to digital.
I have said previously I often see myself as an imposter here, and my own “hifi journey” and current expectations seems a little unusual. I have kept the same system for over 30 years, and not tinkered. Maybe I have another view of what the value of the forum has to offer, but I think that is another correspondence.
Sorry for the length and rambling nature of this…