Sal1950, I agree that the prices at the very top end have gone wild.
But why get so angry about that when there has never been a wider range of low cost great vfm components around. Just look all the well reviewed DACs that cost a couple of hundred bucks or less. And there's every price range in between.
It's as if you just want to get angry about something - but when you look at the total picture, consumers have never had it so good in the hifi world.
Take one cable company I'm quite familar with: Transparent Audio. Their Opus balanced i/c "starts" at $20k.This is so beyond my budget that there's no point in me even thinking about what value this could possibly bring me. But I don't fret about it. TA's entry level i/c costs $90, which is still too rich for many, but no longer seems quite so ridiculous if the rest of your system costs thousands. And if you don't want to spend $90, there's Blue Jeans and all sorts of well made cables for less.
Edited by TheAttorney - 4/17/14 at 10:07am