At what point do you say that a certain piece of hardware is "Summit-Fi" or just hi-fi or even mid-fi or entry level? Can a complete setup be Summit-Fi material if some of the individual components are "average?" Is "the end-game audio setup" even actually attainable, or is it just an imaginary goalpost that will only ever be temporarily touched by its seekers before it moves to a new horizon? Does anybody even consider the term "Summit-Fi" as a legitimate term for describing equipment quality, or is it only just the slick name of head-fi.org's high-end audio subforum?
If there are answers to these questions, I suppose they differ from user to user. I think my setup is on the path that leads up the metaphorical mountain trail toward the "Summit-Fi," but I'm not there yet. I'm not sure at what point I'll feel that I am there. Sometimes, when the music bewitches me fully, I am sure that I have already reached the summit, and that better audio doesn't exist or doesn't matter. Other times, I wonder just what the flagship headphones and the big amplifiers are really like, or even what the next flagships will be like.
Have any of the visitors of this particular subforum of the larger head-fi community thought about this? I believe some of you who are regulars to this section have spent more on audio equipment than I earn in a year. Surely some of you feel you have "reached the summit," right?