I've had a $1000 used amp
Audio Research D200
it didn't do the Salk justice on demanding material - retricted dynamics
I have no itch for an HT4
very content with the HT3
I bought the Moscode and found out what the Salk's could really do. I also spent significant money on isolation - and yes it is worth it - the image is holographic - the notes are articulated from the background not smeared together and really jump out at you
in my own amp evolution - I want to go even farther than the nice warmth dynamics, and clarity of the Moscode. Just the slightest, and I mean slighest grain is present. That's why I just splurged on a BAT VK600. Not the SE, good deal on audiogon. George's input, a nice review comparing it to the WYRED, etc, I knew it would be my amp. I want to make sure I'm getting as much engaging passion out of the music as possible
I respect opinions of guys like George, BigRedM, Doug Deacon, TVAD, Dan Ed, flying red (some audiogon members) and have bought certain equipment without hearing it (including Salk) based on their strong recommendations.
Dennis and Jim are pragmatic - and couldn't see spending that kind of money, as designers - I understand - they probably think it's overkill and they don't recommend pricey speaker wire that us listeners own. But for those audiophiles who quest for the sound (not the prestige of owning something) and do diligence, it's well worth it.