Innocent Bystander posted:Bob the Builder posted:
This all depends on what you are used to I suppose but for me it is a vast amount of money to spend. I cannot imagine what £14,000 (plus psu) should sound like. Should it or will it sound 10 or 15 x better than my own rrp £1,400 streaming solution.
It really brings home the HIFI world I find myself in and the forum on which I post and what good £14 or £20,000 could do in the real world.
Given that improvement in sound quality in hifi tends to follow something like an exponential price curve, no it won’t be 10x better (whatever that actually means), but I guess maybe 3-4 distinct increments better - and that of course is in the same stable, which might not relate at all to comparisons with different brands.
All most of us can do is recognise our maximum level of expenditure, and maximise what we can get for it - and if that feels limiting then there is always the consoling thought that the exponential price curve means that those who could afford 10x what we can, only get slightly better sound (ignoring the inevitable superlatives cast around). Value for money, on the other hand, is in the eyes of the beholder - which might be anywhere on the price curve - and of course maximising sound quality for a given expenditure, or minimising cost for a certain level of sound quality, is why some people pick and choose between varous products including across different brands.
I guess spending more and more on Hifi is about increasing the enjoyment of music. And as IB writes, value for money is a very personal judgement; and I feel it is inappropriate to judge those you spend "crazy" amounts of money -- in my world, 552, 500, ND555 etc fall into the "crazy" category in light of my income, financial obligations, and "cloth ears". I couldn't justify these amounts of monies for hifi. Having said this, if I inherited a sh*** load of money (which will not happen!), I would be very tempted by the 552, 500, ND555 etc... Plus a few fancy wires exceeding the value of Bob's entire system...