They know we will pay anything they can think of


Anyone have any idea how long ago Hifi manufacturers discovered we (audiophiles) will pay almost anything chasing our perfect sound? I individualized it because each of us are reaching for our own personal nirvana. You can go to any audio show, see someone point to a piece of equipment and ask the price. Out comes a price you know the rep made up while sitting in his office wondering how much he can ask those sick people to pay. We know advertising, manufacturing, and overhead is relatively expensive but we also know that the asking price should take care of that if he sells maybe 4 or 5 of them all year. Knowing that I have paid quite a bit for equipment over the years that I knew I shouldn't have but did anyway.

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These products are targeted for the millionaire class. They don't necessarily sound any better or different than something at 1/10 or 1/100 the cost. 

 

@oddiofyl 5K in some of todays market wouldn't come near purchasing the hifi gear currently available. However having said that, if you are frugal you can get some good deals on very good sounding gear. Some of the very expensive stuff, I just look at and never consider buying.

I’ve never called myself "we" even during communism and have seen stereo system built from scrap components (in Cuba) and sounding TERRIFIC.

Have you ever seen a card-board upright bass?

@mike_in_nc The next time a tax cut comes up.... refuse it. You may have more money than you know what to do with so this post probably isn't really for you.

The essay by Steven Stone is a good one,  but awfully ironic; he has long written reviews for The Absolute Sound, which mainly features coverage of very expensive hi-fi gear. Has Stone been over to Fremer's house? 😉