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Judge, Jury, and Executioner

最近,HIFI行业中有许多人抱怨要花多少钱。我的经验一直是那些负担不起的人通常会通过试图抹掉自己的障碍来发出更大的噪音。出于某种奇怪的原因,这似乎比其他任何地方都更多。

没有人在500,000美元的手表,豪华游艇或摩纳哥的公寓中失去狗屎。它就是它,它花费了花费。有些人总是想知道为什么我将音频设备与汽车进行比较。有很多原因,但是我希望有道理的是对细节的痴迷的代价。在较小程度上,有些人对规格的痴迷。

Just as measurements will tell me how quickly a car will stop from 100 mph to zero, they won’t tell me how the brakes will feel. Do they bite hard initially and then let up? Will pedal pressure applied to braking effort exerted be linear? Will they fade after three hard stops or not at all? At that point, I either need to read comments from a few reviewers I know that have drawn the same conclusions I have, and then进行测试驱动器验证

我并不是说测量并不重要,他们只是没有讲述整个故事,在大多数情况下,他们不告诉我我需要知道什么才能做出购买决定。不用Hifi,汽车或我喜欢的其他许多东西。我的测量只是其他数据点。没有错。

I think high performance audio by nature, is an obsessive pursuit, and getting past a certain point of diminishing returns costs exponentially more, because it has an exponentially higher cost to get there. Honda can make reliable 250 hp engines all day long for minimal cost because there is a scale of engineering and manufacturing that makes sense. Getting 8 more horsepower out of Max Verstappen’s 950 hp F1 engine for the next GP might cost millions of dollars – for basically two engines. (His and his teammate’s) Is that worth it?

To the person who an automobile is nothing more than “something to get between point a and point b,” probably not. To the people trying to win a Formula 1 Constructor’s Championship, every one of those 8 horsepower is priceless.

We can even take something as benign as a chair. You can buy a reasonably good knockoff of a $9,000 Knoll Barcelona chair, for about a grand. Can you tell the difference? Can your friends? Will you tell them you bought the less expensive chair if everyone’s together at a party complimenting your good taste? 20 feet apart, it’s tough to tell, but when you get up close, the differences are fairly easy to spot. But again, is it worth the difference给你?如果您欣赏这种风格,但没有面团,您是购买仿冒品的坏蓝精灵吗?这并不羞耻,无论我们的收入如何,我们几乎所有人都必须在生活中做出妥协。

因此,它可以进行高端音频。我们要不要需要优美的扬声器,例如顶级Estelon,Wilsons,Magicos,Sonus Fabers等等?(而且,除了他们是当今市场上最好的发言人外,我并不是出于其他任何原因而挑出这些演讲者)

A number of people have sniped about the $850,000 Wilsons and “why they cost so much money.” Years ago, I had a pair of $179,000 Gamut S9s. They were lovely. Then Gamut principal Lars Goller told me that for the 20 pairs of S9s they would probably sell, they would never recover the amount of time and resources committed to the S9 project. I also used to own a pair of MartinLogan CLX speakers, and again the folks at ML told me that they made over 30 prototypes (that all ended up in the dumpster) before they finalized the CLX, and probably spent as much engineering time on the shipping cartons as they did the speakers. (Anyone who had a pair of ML’s past flagship knows why this is so.)

So the major questions remain? Is this stuff worth it? Is a reviewer – any reviewer really qualified to make that call? It always takes a minute to criticize what’s cost millions of dollars and thousands of hours to build. Just because I can’t afford something, doesn’t make it invalid.

在近20年的审查装备中,购买了两次购买东西,我们在这里发现了一个凹槽,与我们在自己的系统中拥有的东西几乎相吻合,而当大型东西使自己可用时,偶尔会出现偏差。而且我们发现,大多数读者的系统都在5,000美元至200,000美元之间的范围内,因此我们试图将其保持在我们的读者范围内,以及我们的经验和舒适度。

我认为500万美元的转盘很疯狂吗?毫无疑问,在我的系统,我的记录收集和收入的背景下,当然。但是,购买了50万美元的转盘的人(他们are在那里)不必担心像我这样的人负担不起他们可以买的东西。那个客户被痴迷,也许50万美元转盘听起来并不比您最喜欢的4万美元转盘好得多。(但是我不知道我还没听说),这不是重点。

关键是它很棒,而且有人不仅想要那种可怕的(和排他性),而且愿意并且能够为此付出代价。这就是为什么生产这些事情的人会做他们所做的事情。Having met more than my share of people that make incredible hifi over the years, I can say with 100% conviction that they don’t get out of bed thinking “how can I make a valueless thing for crazy money and fleece the public today?”

我可以负担得起在这一水平吗?不。但我think it’s incredible that people go to work every day figuring out how to make amazing things better. Defining things (and someone else’s hard work) in terms of your limited reality is insulting to everyone. It’s disrespectful to the people that have put their soul into building these things, it’s discouraging to the people that aspire to have these things, and it’s insulting to the people that have purchased them.

甚至回答有关更昂贵的事情是否值得的问题,有些人喜欢艺术和执行的事情。可以将Subaru STI的怪异调整为500 hp,很容易廉价。如果您要做的就是赢得Stiplight Grand Prix,那就是您的胜利。我宁愿有保时捷GT3RSR吗?你敢打赌。有时,这是关于执行的,如果您负担得起,我告诉您谁糟透了?

但是,这是我经常在HIFI行业看到的趋势,而且我认为这令人不安。我只是无法阻止任何东西的顶峰。今天的价格比以往任何时候都多得多,所以为什么要劝阻边缘发生的事情呢?有些人不仅希望从A点到B来回往返。即使我负担不起这些装备的负担,我仍将继续庆祝它。

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