Valid question... sometimes in this hobby you fork out $$$ and actually get something world class. Other times you have buyers remorse early on and realize you paid a lot for something that's no so great.
Sometimes something comes along that Is such a great value price is almost irrelevant . There have been some egregious price hikes since Covid, that doesnt help either.
Although if you use the CPI calculator you will see that great HiFi in 1965 cost just as much back then as it does now.
My Dad bought a pair of KLH 12 back in 1968, when I was 1. They cost $550 a pair ! ... that was like spending $5k today. I guarantee my Klipsch Forte IV were a better value.