A true believer

I like to look at the pictures and descriptions of the various systems belonging to our fellow Audiogon members. Personally I admire the most humble system. But some times I see one that just leaves me shaking my head in amusement.

I was looking at the featured systems today and found one that consisted of three components that reproduced music. A cd player ($7700), a integrated amp. ($4000), a pair of speakers ($10,500). Total $22000. A very nice system. But, and I mean BUT, another $71,431 in cables, tweaks, stands. Things that sometimes in the tiniest increments help in the reproduction of music.

Just saying.
I agree with you without qualification. The cables that I currently use throughout my system were not "cheap" per se, but they work much better in my system than several others that cost substantially more. It seems that sometimes it ends up being dumb luck, and not the amount of money spent that determines a good system match.
long ago, in a different age, when men who were truth seekers ruled the world of audio, it was said that the perfect Amp would be a straight piece of wire with gain. Think about the im[plications of that statement. What does it say about WIRE?
'As long as YOU believe that; it's ALL that matters!'

The creation of this idea is what got some charlatan into the audio snake oil hall of fame
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Elizabeth, it is precisely because of your distorted philosophy that you do not have $100k for stereo. Nor do you really need them since you wouldn't hear most of what that system would be capable of. But you are very stubborn and keep pushing this nonsense around here. I think you may be a little tired of that.
Cables, isolation and power devices can easily run 20%-30% the entire cost. A lot depends on prices you get when buying used or even new, complexity of the system, lengths of the cables required and ability and willingness to hear things.
So if you wish to use your MBL dream speakers with cheap Kimber wires it's certainly your choice. But your opinion on this matter has no real value whatsoever.