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With reviewers posting low cost budget speakers, dac's, amps, pre-amps, etc.. How much money IYO would it take to achieve the Highest level in home audio fidelity?Assume you have the perfect audio room.IMO, with a budget system a person could achieve a very good Mid-Fi system. Based on my years of upgrades, the bare minimum I would need to have a comparable sound quality to what I have now I estimate would be in the neighborhood of $21,000 CDN retail price, not including tax.What do you think?
It’s funny no one can have an intelligent discussion on a forum without someone turning it into a pissing contest.
now that wasn't very 'cool', nowhere do I see a pissing contest, rather open honest discussion / opinion ..........
Once you've been around the block a few times in this game, you start to realize there's an upper limit to what's achievable with our current technology. And that 'mid-fi' systems, when set up well, aren't all that far off from "ultra hifi" systems. None of them get you to the point where it sounds completely real. It's not unlike video technology in that respect. Ultra HD 4k (or 8k) look amazing, but it doesn't fool me into thinking these people are actually in my living room. Some get you closer than others but the fact is that there's a ceiling to what can be achieved right now.
I am sure most of the commenters on this thread are old enough to know what was available in the mid to late 80s. I am amazed at the level of fidelity and realism available with todays "budget" audio equipment. I have heard some pretty amazing and uber expensive systems and can say I am not lacking anything in my setup. Who cares if someone wants to spend six figures on their system, that is their prerogative. It is sad to see there is much "pride in ownership" in the audiophile community. But who cares if you are happy with what you have. Stay calm and listen to MUSIC!
nc42acc I agree with you 100%, too many people worry about what other spend on their system. Me I don’t care what people spend on their systems, I only care about my system and my enjoyment of it.
Then why did you start a thread asking "How much MONEY to achieve the Highest Fidelity?"
Then why did you start a thread asking "How much MONEY to achieve the Highest Fidelity?
The speaker and the room are the biggest places were fidelity is lost, vs. anywhere else in the audio chain. You should spend the $$ to have a large, dedicated audio room that is designed from the ground up for good sound. Then after that spend the largest part of your budget on speakers. For me, those speakers would be the GR Research Line Force OB planar magnetics with triple servo OB subs. Once you have those 2 areas nailed, the rest is really just tuning the system to the type of sound you like.
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