my thoughts are its important to compare other stuff on threads like this
that is where I gain info about new things to look at
me I quit comparing music as much as I do the sound and dynamics of movies now as that is what I enjoy and where I notice more dif now
my music is now usually streamed MP3 files ? and when I can I put in a CD and sit down and listen and enjoy but with a 3 year old that does not happen much anymore
myself might be like you ? I dont hear as much anymore as far as one blowing away another what I might hear is one sounds dif ! cant put finger on it
maybe one is smoother etc.. but why pay $10k for something I have to sit and really try to hear the dif of I can get for $2k
I think the days of say a $2000 receiver being blown away by $20k separates is gone !
I did interior photography for a living and got to go into some insane homes and many of them had insane systems the owners would show me and I would get to listen to systems that cost $100,000 and more but usually in the $20,000 and up for audio only all the time and I never heard anything that made me flat out blown away over my NAD PSB setup
one house had over 40 flat panels and something like $200k in the HT room alone !!!! man poverty sucks !!!!
I always use car analogies and many cars are now all so good
where MB used to be so above all others and now I think Lexus are nicer
(we just sold our S class so I do know MB)
maybe lexus is like Denon and NAD and some others are more like MB
where really high end audio are like Bentley etc... ???
but given a daily driver I think it would be hard to be Lexus these days
just analogy thoughts