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The reason that these companies offer speakers that cost more than houses is because people are willing to buy them. Your analogy to jewelery is PERFECT. Some women want to "out do" other women and so they wear larger and/or shinier and/or gaudier and/or .... jewelery.
In fact, you can buy a 2.5 carat diamond that costs less than a 1.5 carat diamond but it "shows" better. The clarity, color, cut and quality are not as good but 99.9999% of observers would never know.
Some men to the EXACT same thing with "audio jewlerery". The $100,000 speaker may not sound as accurate as the $20,000 speaker, but it looks cooler, is larger and has appealing sonic inaccuracies that appeal to the casual listener.