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[BP] That reflects quite closely my own experience; however, I do not now believe equipment to be as subjective as you feel it is. Reading others' experiences and advice here concerning, for example, the sound of different CD players, DACs, amps and cables brought me to focus better on these parts of the chain and finally to have the confidence to accept what my ears (rather than my hifi dealer) have been telling me for several years now: that those components have reached such a level of maturity in design and manufacture that choosing one from another is almost unimportant.
Listening to a friend's "top end" system with my son over Christmas and talking to him about CD players helped me further to recognise these facts, as well as to see that he is still sloshing around in snake oil and is still - after half a lifetime and spending a mass of money - listening to electronics rather than to music.
What still amazes me is that magazine reviewers get away with the lies they do. Reading only yesterday in an online hifi magazine, for example, of the different sounds of the DACs in a Sonos, Arcam and Naim. They are clearly either deluded or making it up.
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