in the past, when brands like sony(es series), technics, pioneer, etc. etc. made high-end products, the other brands(with some exceptions) could only watch.
today, unfortunately, the tendency is to invest in the market of large numbers.
good for the market.
in these days i´m listening the T1 with the áudio-gd nfb-10se.
this combo is not at the level of my principal rig but is a reaslly interesting combination.
it´s not always necessary to spend a lot of Money for a good sound.