Originally Posted by James-uk
I couldn't agree more Wink. I shouldn't of retaliated to Giskards post regarding my thoughts on DACs. I took it the wrong way and I should of just accepted that we have a different approach/experiences in this hobby.
Think about it this way.
If you were a structural engineer like I am, we might be talking about two different approaches to building a cable-suspended bridge. You would say one thing and I would say something else. Okay! We should have different standpoints according to our own experience and proven industrial standards or just plain intuition. The part we would agree on is the cost. If something is more expensive, then it is more expensive for a good reason. Whther it be the environmental conditions like wind speed, soil instability or an earthquake risk. See my point here? That money has gone into additional research and quantity or quality of materials used.
It is the same thing with electrical and chemical engineering. Providing the principles are sound and sane, it will inevitably cost more and it will show. I won't deny that there are some manufacturers out there that will sell you "hot water" like they invented it when in reality you will be buying something a lot less expensive. This time with a nicer packaging and shiny box. In serious design studios and engineering firms, no such thing can happen because you are, after all, legaly responsible for your work and the specifications have to conform to standards. No one will get killed if your amplifier stops working. But people might get hurt if the new 10 MW industrial generator becomes unstable because someone cut corners.
Why am I saying this? Well, the problem here is the cost. You see, if things like amplifiers cost a hundred times more than they do, people would be taking an advice from experts in order to make the right choice. The way things are, these things are affordable and for most people, acceptable. This inevitably means everyone is entitled to an opinion and everyone is an expert, without a scientific degree and without a hefty sum of money.
You folks are sometimes behaving like petuland children. If I made some criticism, I didn't make them to be mean but to tell you where you are wrong.