Just how much does it really cost to build a good hi-fi system? Let's cut through all the BS floating around, if you don't know what I mean please check out at least the first 10mins in Nick Charles's thread. http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f133/v...on-aes-468533/ By good I mean something where you start to see real diminishing returns and perceived yet unmeasurable improvements in quality when you start spending much more. IMO, if you get your speakers to integrate into your room correctly, it doesn't have to cost the earth for a top system. IMO Maximum = $1.5k Speakers + $1K integrated amp + $500 DAC + $300 phones + $200 cables. = $3.5k Do you agree with this? For arguments sake give or take $200 bucks in case you are a can, cable or DAC freak.