Originally Posted by saprano
This is where you are mistaken. I didn't start this thread to justify anything or a need for "emotional support"(what? really?). And i use $5000 as a baseline for boarding on expensive speakers. I should of just said "why buy expensive speakers?"
I was really curious about what people thought since it's pretty much a fact most of what you're paying for with high priced speakers is the fancy cabinet work among other things.
I don't have $5000 speakers. But in the search of upgrading i almost bought one. Listening to different speakers, cheap and expensive, it is my opinion that you don't have to spend a fortune to get top performance. Especially since half of what you're spending on expensive speakers didn't go towards their performance anyway.
This is a discussion forum in case you forgot. If this thread bothered you you should of scrolled pass it.
I didn't say it bothered me, as I mentioned, I always find these amusing from a psychological standpoint.
As we've already seen, as the original poster, you set your mark at $5k, then we have folks that say they haven't heard anything cheaper than $10k that sounds anywhere near as good as stuff in the $30-$40k range, then we have someone coming in saying they would never spend anywhere near $5k on speakers because that money would be better spent elsewhere and that their far more economical speaker choices sound great.
See? Amusing. Everyone picks their own pricepoint and assigns their own value to an object (like speakers), and then consider everything past that point simply an exercise in extravagance. The problem is that folks will not be able to agree on something as subjective as this. Some will consider the differences between speakers above and below a particular pricepoint to be tangible and definitive, others will not and everyone will set their own pricepoint.
Which is why I asked what everyone considers to be a world-class pair of speakers in the $1k - $10k range. Some folks may say that you can get 90% of the way with something under $10k, others will say realistically speaking, you could get 75% of the way (100% being the point at which you can't get any better results acoustically speaking). Still others might say that you can get 99% of the way there at $800. How do we determine 75%, 90%, 99%, 100% etc. In this case, to each, his own, because people are going to have different criteria and weight things differently.
I can fully see someone justifying to themselves that $800 is the pricepoint for a pair of speakers beyond which it is pointless to pay for what they would perceive as only the last 1-5% improvement. They feel that their $800 speakers already provide 95-99% of sonic nirvana and adding $4200 to the price isn't worth the slight improvement they might get. Likewise though, I could also see someone deciding that they can't bear to listen to anything under $50k, because everything they've heard under $50k is compromised in one aspect or another.
What I WOULD like to hear though, are folks recommendations for speakers that THEY think get you 95% or perhaps more of what you could possibly get from a cost-is-no-object pair of speakers, but at a $1k-$10k pricepoint because I just might stumbling onto a gem hitherto unbeknownst to me.