Life is too short to buy someone else's favorite stereo gear

That's it. That's all I have to say.
And yes, I find the half a million $ power amp shootout thread laughable....

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"There are so many ways to hear what you like before buying. "

How do you do that? Most brands have limited dealerships. One would have to drive thousands of miles and listen to gear in unfamiliar rooms with unfamiliar equipment. 

It's spelt "favourite". You're welcome.
It most definitely is .... If you are in England of course.🤔🤔