Originally Posted by bermuda
Agreed, but the most obvious deficencies are revealed in the preamp, amp and speaker end of things.
Right, but what I'm getting at is that if your speaker costs more than the microphone used to record the sound,(or frankly and device in the recording mixing or mastering chain) what are you really gaining from all that expense? Add in the fact that the media can only hold so much information, and the fact that our ears tend to be terrible.... I dunno. I'm just yaking.
I like to have a nice sound system because I listen to a lot of music. But there are a few things I've noticed, first, all systems sound different from one another. Each has it's own character in playback affected by all kinds of things. And two; "better" is subjective.
I think after a few grand - max, it's really hard to tell what sounds "better" between two different systems. Spending more than that just seems a but silly to me where sound is concerned.