Originally Posted by ddave12000
Not trying to hijack the thread, but are you saying that 1-2k priced electronics are NOT audibly different? Sorry, I might be kind of slow...
Yeah, that's roughly what you're getting. I know, it's a shock - like going down the rabbit hole for the first time. No reason to get ruffled about it though - nobody is attacking you by disagreeing with you.
The point is that electronics really don't matter, and this has been substantiated with actual data, not anecdotal "beliefs" - this isn't a religious debate after all. If you take level mismatch and any sort of intentional tone-modification out of the equation (like DSP, or any hard-set EQs or things like that), you're going to get a lot of the same across the board; and it doesn't have to "start" at $1k. It starts at a lot lower price point. Maybe a few hundred dollars, maybe less than a hundred, depending on what you're talking about.
You can disagree all you want, and you can tell me that your boutique, name-brand equipment is "better" all you want, but the science disagrees with you. If it didn't, I'm pretty sure we'd all be on that bandwagon, and spending our money accordingly.
In terms of what matters "most" for sound quality, when dealing with speakers, the room/acoustic environment is king. You will introduce more non-linearity, distortion, artefacts, etc with your room (any room, any location) than any piece of properly functioning electronics could ever hope to create. Your speakers are the next biggest problem; a lot of "gearophiles" worry about 0.005% THD - try 10%!
Then after all of that is dealt with, you can "worry" about the electronics, and for the most part, they're all going to be transparent (As in you can't reliably pick them apart with any confidence in a properly controlled test). So it becomes a moot point, and it's easier to just generalize them out of the picture and put the time and energy into dealing with acoustics and speakers assuming your amplifier won't blow up driving whatever speakers you pick, and your player equipment is easy enough to use (for example, those 300 disc DVD changers are a great convenience!).
Consider this step one:http://www.roger-russell.com/truth/truth.htm
Oh, and just because it'll let me be edgy:
I consider NAD to be incredibly, ridiculously, overpriced!