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?


I wouldn't label particular audio products as a "farce" any more than many other types of commercial products.  In cases where key performance metrics are mostly subjective rather than measurable, then the value can only be judged by what a buyer is willing to spend.

Many of the arguments here originate from folks wanting to make absolute judgements (i.e., better or best) about components, speakers, or tweaks that are mostly judged based on subjective, not measurable, criteria.  The subjective nature of many audio products also opens the door for marketing departments to exercise their poetic license.

I've always assumed that pricing is determined to maximize profit...nothing subtle or tricky here

@jl35 That assumes markets are efficient. High-end audio is the poster child of inefficient markets! That is what this and other similar threads should focus on.  Its not how much we have to pay for a particular piece of gear rather do we get what we think we are buying.