So summit fi is only for very expensive or exotic components? Basically what you are implying is that this is a forum where people that have a lot of money come to discuss their expensive purchases and stroke their e-peens? If so I would strongly disagree. Why would the aesthetic design and cost of a component outweigh its real value - the sound it produces? Especially in this hobby?
I believe that a end game setup with headphones, while still sounding amazing, is not exactly real "high end" audio where the terms "prestige" and "luxury" are more common. Pieces in end game speaker systems are over 15k minimum. I believe the target market of speakers and headphones is quite different, evident by the fact that for a long time speaker enthusiasts did not even consider headphones to be worthy of investing in- and why would they? These are like toys, in terms of price, compared to the components in their setups. The interconnects are probably enough to cover the costs of a 009 setup.
Let's hope this hobby doesn't go in that direction- where a large amount of money is being spent on the brand rather than performance.
I believe that's grossly unfair to insinuate that snobbery is involved, it isn't. Those of us who post in SF generally talk about very high-end gear, and that gear is expensive. My Wilson/McIntosh setup is ~60Gs and I believe it's middling in the Summit-Fi mix for speaker rigs around here, definitely not the highest. For headphones, my favorite is my Zodiac Gold>Woo WES>SR-009 setup, ~16k. That doesn't mean a less expensive system can't sound very good, it would just possibly be better suited for the Full-Sized HP/Amps forum(s). I talk about my more modest cans/amps over there, and stats/esoteric gear here. Price, exclusivity, and materials are part of the factors. This is about spending large amounts on relatively small gains, just because it's something to pursue. Bang-for-your-buck isn't as closely considered in here, if at all, and many of us have plunked down the MSRP of a new car for a preamp. There's some perceived lunacy involved, from an outsider's perspective, but we're quite happy doing it. This journey into the pricier areas started way back with the Orpheus, and before then with early STAX, this isn't anything new. I'm not a cable believer, but a lot of guys and girls in here do spend 10s of $thousands on cabling, power conditioning, tubes, etc..
Edited by Magick Man - 1/13/13 at 12:08am