Originally Posted by Jon L
I would personally buy something solid like Benchmark or Lavry for $1000 and mod it to my tastes, then spend the money left over on building a dedicated listening room and buying amps, speakers, room correction device, etc.
Then again, what's scary is that people who will buy something like this probably already have preamp/amp/speaker/room that cost at least as much.
Just to play Devil's Advocate, what if you were very rich, and truly loved music, and already had the dedicated listening room and amps, speakers, and room acoustic repairs? Would it be wrong for you to buy this?
Who's to say that if someone like me, for example who listens to music 3 hours a day, couldn't really enjoy this to the fullest. If it concentrates on perfecting Redbook (and I am a SACD/DVD-A multichannel lover) without upsampling/converting and uses the finest components possible and the finest technology possible, and gives you the best sound that a component could give...wouldn't it be worth it, if you already had the cars and the house and the beautiful works-with-homeless-children wife?
I live on credit and have a sizeable debt from this passion we call audiophilia, but I try to buy the best things I can within my budget times 2.
If somebody can afford it, it doesn't necessarily mean they don't get the same joy out of it as any of us, unless they are buying it to impress others.
Originally Posted by theghostwhowalks
Yeah, sorry. There's no way that thing is 5x better than my Reimyo... I've actually heard it (The Zanden).... as well as some of the more expensive two box players (The new Esoteric P-01/D-01 is really amazing but overpriced as well).
Again, please don't shoot me...but looking at the other side of the fence, a good portion of the members would say the same about paying 8 times's as much as their player for the Reimyo. I know
the Reimyo sounds incredible, but most people would say that it doesn't sound $12K better that an Eastsound E-5. The same can be said with the dCS Verdi & Scala, and the Meitner CDSD and Dac6E. But they are some of the best players and performers avaiable, and that extra 20% is worth the money to those who can handle it. It's all relative.
I was in a high end store once, and a rich old woman bought the Sonus Faber Stradavarius, because it went perfectly with the wood theme in her den, and would probably never turn them on, but that is one small example in a world of audiophiles.