Perhaps higher quality then what you're used to, but high end doesn't really start until you're in to at least the $5k-$20K/speaker range as speakers can go up to well over $150K each.
I think that there are many more levels to "High End" than your specs!
If someone spends thousands rather than hundreds on speakers, in my book that's "High End!"
If someone spends a thousand or more on a receiver, in my book that's "High End"
I understand that their are those that have unlimited funds and can and will spend thousands and thousands, probably even hire a company to set up and install their A/V environment.
But, for much much less the average Joe can have a great A/V environment in their home or condo.
Myself I have the Pioneer Elite VSX 60, B&W 685 bookshelf (L&R) Polk T15 Surrounds and Polk CS10 in my bedroom (at about $1500.00) and it sounds GREAT!
Living Room: Pioneer VSX 53, Pioneer Kuro sound Bar for Center Speaker, Polk T15's Surround speakers and vintage Technic SB-LX90 15" 3Way (L&R) speakers. at about $1300.00,
not sure how I'd price the Kuro's sound bar for the Ctr. speaker. The system rocks and puts big smiles on friends and relatives that visit.
Most people that I visit still use their CRT TV or HDTV's speakers or some may have an old "Stereo" receiver that they ran an RCA cord from the TV and have audio in their only front L&R speakers.
Or someone with a quasi surround bar and sub that they picked up at WalMart and they think is surround (even though they have no surround speakers) LOL!
You don't need to spend 5K to 150K for a Great A/V Surround Experience!
Think of it this way, when you go to any HDTV store and see 30 HDTV's LCD, LED, Plasma hanging on a wall next to each other and you are comparing HDTV to HDTV
and deciding which one looks great.
In the store and side by side you can see differences but when you get your HDTV home it will always look great, you will not notice any difference, because you do not have other HDTV's sitting next to it.
A Surround Sound environment is the same, mine sounds GREAT but I am not sitting in a $5,000.00 to $150,000.00 A/V surround environment day in and out to compare or even notice a difference.
If I stood in something like a Best Buy Magnolia store audio room and selected their most expensive speakers would it sound good, sure, but are those the only speakers that would sound good? No!
You can have your own "Great" A/V Surround Experience that for you (and most anyone you know) is definitely High End!
These are just my opinions and we all know what that's worth! LOL!
Just get out and do it, and if your here, your already High End...Your not listening to your 3 inch TV speakers! That's a big step right there!
Of course if I win the Lottery, I'll buy some of those Ultra
"High End" components LOL!
I think that in the Upper Class that can afford these Ultra High End components, many times it's more for bragging rights than Great Sound!.
My Living Room Surround Experience at less than $1500.00 and Joe Rich's at $150,000.00 plus, does his really sound 150,000 times better!
That would be impossible!
It will surely look a lot more impressive with that WOW Factor that's for sure and it will be great talk at parties, but it will NEVER sound 150,000 times better than mine!
Well time for breakfast so I'm heading to my Living Room to Turn mine on and Enjoy!
You do the same!
Have a Great weekend!
Bud BEdited by Bud B - 3/9/13 at 6:56am