It seems like when I see comments on high end gear there is a lot of negativity. I have been an audiophile for the last 20 years. Honestly, if you know how to choose gear and match gear a lot of the high end gear is just better. When it comes to price people can charge what they want for what they create. If you don’t want it. Don’t pay for it. Look if you are blessed to afford the best bear and you can get it. It can be very sonically pleasing. Then do it. Now if you are also smart and knowledgeable you can get high end sound at mid-fi prices then do it. It’s the beauty of our our hobby. To build a system that competes with the better more expensive sounding systems out there. THOUGHTS?


@knock1 music is. I do this for the music.  When people try to say I do it to sell gear I get agitated because it’s disrespectful to me and the music. Lol. I enjoy listening as much as I can. When I retire 3-4 hours a day minimum. Lol 

@cdc simply because someone said I could and shouldn’t.  I will not do it again but I had some interesting responses. Anyway.  THIS IS AMERICA! 

There are many websites like ANA and even here on agon that have people think their $299 stereo amp has the best sq of anything out there or that cables don’t matter. But on those naysayer websites, I’ve questioned them many times about why they are using a pair of $50 cables and not the $.02 cables that come with their components and their replies are always the $50 cables sound better but that’s the cutoff ($50) where you get diminishing returns. You will find audiophools all over. 
I also agree with the OP, I also think that people who can’t afford high quality components make excuses like their cheap stuff sounds every bit as good as the expensive stuff or that they are just jealous that people want to get the best sq they can which normally means you have to spend some money. Same goes for everything else in life: homes, cars, art, etc