Lots of people can cook very few are Michelin Starred Chefs
Anyone can buy a sports car very few can win a race
Any one can buy a guitar but very few will ever play at Carnegie Hall
Anyone can buy a stereo/ hifi system but very few will sound great.
Interesting poetry - IMHO it would deserve a separate thread.
Three objective comments, that are true and above any discussion, followed by a final subjective one that IMHO deserves a lot of comment and personally my disagreement - I think many systems sound great. Surely we would need to debate what is sounding great separately according to Ron's list of audiophile objectives.
Concerning recording quality it seems I am more optimist that most people in WBF - IMHO most of them are of very good or excellent quality.