Originally Posted by AcuraCL
75/25 or 80/20 ... in the price range of $15k speakers, is going to reveal every one of the considerable shortcomings of electronics in that price range. It's so disproportionate that the listener could well dislike and "blame" the speakers when all they are doing is playing the crap being fed to them.
I'm not so sure I'd agree. For instance, if you're buying a $1500 system, you might only spend 50/50 on speakers. And if you do more than about 60/40, the receiver is increasingly likely to not be up to par.
However, you can get highly competant electronics for under $3K and easily drive, maybe even overdrive, many $12K systems, for a 80/20. I mean, really, you can get a nicely equipped 7-channel 150-200W/ch NAD, Rotel, Adcom, B&K, Sherbourn, etc system easily for that. And you could drive most anything pretty well. $12K in speakers doesn't get you much from any high-end company, especially when most flagship speakers are $10K-$20K, so it doesn't make financial sense to go to a flagship preamp/amp to run mid-level product from most high-end speaker companies. You can barely get an entry level 800 series B&W system or decent Thiel system for $12K these days. Top-end speaker systems, without going crazy, are $30K-$50K. While a top-end preamp/amp system, without going crazy, is more like $10K-$15K. So, even then, if you buy a $50K system with Meridian, Theta, Krell, etc electronics, you're still at something like 70/30.
IOW, I see nothing at all wrong with spending $1500 - $2000 each on two components to drive 8-9 components that cost $1000-$2000 each. Personally, I'm at 70/30 speakers (and I think that's the sweetspot) to electronics and my speakers are *actually* hard to drive, unlike most 90dB efficient speakers these days.