This is fun, but as noted, it may end badly.
What seemed overrated to my ears was the Kef LS-50. Maybe it's because I tried to use them nearfield, I don't know. To me they were too much hi fi and not enough music.
Detail is overrated, at least if it comes at the expense of musicality and sweetness. That causes me to hold that most moving-coil phono cartridges are overrated, and probably the Senn 800 as well.
Audiophile recordings are overrated. What's the point of a great recording of silly-bad music? Diana Krall is overrated. Listen to Doris Day, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, or Ella Fitzgerald and tell me she isn't.
$1000+ power cords are overrated. Hell, $100+ power cords are overrated. Adjust your headphones, and you'll hear more differences.
Overrated in a generic way is "purity of the signal path." Is is really better to have your ears bleed than to have an equalizer?
DSD is overrated. To do digital editing, equalization, or volume control, you need to convert to PCM. Why not put the work into better PCM, rather than saddle everyone with this incompatible format?
Vinyl is overrated. If you want something to kill time, fine. But I have better things to do than clean records, unwarp them, align styli, and so on. If you want vinyl sound, just get a tone control, a compressor, and a flutter generator, and process your hi-rez digital sound.
UPnP/DLNA Streaming is overrated (though it shows a lot of promise). You can run into tremendous hassles getting gear to work together as it should.
The LS3/5a is overrated.
Kickstarter is overrated. How to raise too much money for dubious products.
If there's anyone I haven't offended, please let me know, and I'll list more.
Edited by Mike-48 - 6/17/14 at 12:40pm