I knew there was a(nother) good reason not to have kids LOL
I can see his point though, I don't buy stereo gear to impress my friends or have enough money to only consider the most expensive gear. The value proposition for most luxury goods is reaching a point where most reasonable people will question it even if they're a billionaire.
When buying halo gear...especially speakers...buy them used. Let the first purchaser eat the 10's of thousands in depreciation. Same goes for cables.
The president of an electronics company confided in me that they’d created a particular model because an Asian distributor asked for it, but that it really didn’t do anything that their next model down, at half the price, couldn’t do.
Impressive state of affairs
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Thanks for reading.
(...) In particular, it would be interesting to see what happens when an item half the price of another goes toe to toe or even wins the dogfight. No doubt there ARE some expensive items that are just awesome. (...)
Very common too...
It's become a strange market for sure, the high end is becoming distorted because of demand for higher priced goods. In this market you can't compete on value so there's no room for folks coming in and offering similar products for less money, the products will be seen as inferior and they won't sell. OTOH, a company comes in with higher prices and the gear sells because it's seen as better because msrp is higher.
Even sadder are the guys on forums who are so invested in a particular brand that, at every turn, they find ways to promote that manufacturer’s wares. It’s as if they feel they have to build up the brand so that they can feel justified in having laid down the insane amounts of cash they’ve spent on the flagship model. I followed one such guy’s thread for two years: about once a week, he promoted the same company, posting quotes from reviews of its products, links to articles about it, hi-rez photos, and descriptions of listening experiences, etc. -- all to promote the brand he’d bought into. And no, he’s not a dealer.
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