I work for the last 20 years in the heating industry, selling and installing condensing boiler based hydronik heating and domestic hot water producing systems.
Considering that a Boiler (96% Thermal efficiency) system with multiple zone controls, outdoor reset curves, boiler self diagnostics, setting of parameters in the boiler menu that can stretch over hundreds of lines of input, pumps that sense the pressure and temperature differentials and adjust their speed accordingly is available for about 30 000$/5000 sq' house (that includes the slab insulation, manifolds and pipes) - the notion to sell a piddly piece of audio equipment for an amazingly 18 000$ just is stunning.
Considering you can buy a vehicle with all wheel drive, sat nav, entertainment center, seven passenger capability, programmable seating position locked to your key, multi zone climate control for about 40 000$ - the notion of a piddly piece of audio equipment costing 18 000$ is just unbelievable.
There is something wrong in that picture. And it is not the equipment for heating or transportation.
On the other hand, neither vehicles nor audio equipment to me was ever a "status symbol". So I really cannot speak to that point.
At home I do not welcome visitors into our house except for good friends and the kids, and on the road I need something with 4WD and pulling capacity. Both items are strictly utilitarian; that is why I converted to all out digital audio PC and run old Klipsch Heresy speakers.