You can throw money at a lot of problems and solve them in a hurry.
I spent 30 years listening, trying to buy the cheapest that I could find that sounded great, and ended up having a system where the investment is around $25,000 for the whole system. It is good enough that it does 98% of what a half-million system will do, but if you want the whole thing...lol....
To approach perfection, the money curve gets steep at the top....
On the other hand, my system at my second home has PSB Image T6 speakers for $1300 and with a Musical Fidelity M3i integrated amplifier for $1500 you can have about 90% of the sound quality of my big system for around $6000 total including turntable and cartridge and player; very very good.
The Image T6 speakers and the Musical Fidelity amplifier are both standouts at their price and can form the core for a very fine system at prices that won't wreck the budget of most people too badly. A lot of more expensive stuff doesn't sound as good as these.
Another real standout that can make a system sound great is the Cambridge 650R 7.1 receiver. It sounds better than any other receiver under $3000, IMO, and only costs $1599.
The Vandersteen speakers and subs in my big system cost more by themselves than my whole system at the second house. For that matter, the PREAMP in my big system cost more too, lol.
Originally Posted by jclif77
I listened to a pair of Wilson Audios that were $170k and a pair of $45k Sonus Faber speakers last Saturday and almost cried(joking). I could close my eyes and actually see the musicians in the room. The sound was so good, it was surreal.
Like most things in life, are experiences are normally private and that's what makes us all different. I understand your point when you say, really 100k but they cost that much because there is a market for it. Some people don't mind spending a boat load of money on things that make them happy. The cost is probably not justified in some eyes but they are in others. If I had the money and could afford it, I would buy the Faber's in a heart beat.
You think 100k is a lot? I asked the salesman how many pairs do they sale a year and he said anywhere from 7 to 10. I was shocked but that wasn't the surprising part. He said that by the time people finish buying the cables, amplifies, pre amps, cd players and all the other goodies it becomes a half a million dollar investment....wow....