You know what, if I had the money and space for any of these outrageously expensive and usually bizarre looking rich man's toy audio systems, I would say screw them all.
Priorities please, priorities. Keep head on straight please.
Drive a Honda but have a statement stereo system rather than drive a Ferrari and have a decent stereo system now personally that is one of the most amusing things I've ever read.
Surely, this is a straw man argument. If I had the disposable income for the speakers/amps about which I posted (a quarter million), I can't imagine that I wouldn't plant them in a million dollar room. How does purchasing exquisite gear skew my priorities? When one has such capital to toss at the room, hiring Rives (for example) to do the room design doesn't induce the slightest batting of an eye.
A quarter million dollar speaker/amp combo may be for the well heeled, but the components are certainly not toys. Every t has been crossed and every i dotted. From design to manufacture to performance, nothing short of exemplary will do. I appreciate no compromise designs.
Similarly, I wouldn't consider a Ferrari 458 (lists for about a quarter million) a rich man's toy car. If I were a rich man, I'd own a couple (hopefully, two would be enough to insure that I'd always have one to drive while the other is out for service). For some people, there's more to driving than getting from point A to point B. Lots of money means I can enjoy lots of track days, but that still doesn't wedge the car into the 'toy' hole.
I drive a Honda S2000 CR. I love my little car. It's a blast to drive and it's exceptionally reliable. What's not to love? Still, it's not a Ferrari 458 – not by a mile! I desire the 458, but it is well beyond my reach. Fortunately, an excellent sports car was in reach, and that's what I bought (and I don't mean financed). So it is with my audio system, but I invested more in it than I did my car. Both are kept in a new structure. The combined cost wouldn't buy a new Ferrari 458.
Since I was a youth, I've wanted a 911. The latest generation is an amazing car to drive, but I don't connect with paddle shift like a do a proper manual. It was a goal of mine to buy one when I turned 50, and I was prepared to make that dream a reality. As so often happens in life, the plan changed. I thought of options and talked to my wife. She was in favor of the dedicated room and the Honda. I drove the Honda, fell in love and bought it. A couple of months later, the big garage project was under way. Of course, it went well beyond the projected budget, but that's a common theme in life as well.
I'm quite satisfied with what I have
, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't love to own a Ferrari and the big Scaena speaker system and the big VAC Statement (now, the IQ – not what was pictured) amps, etc. Knowing that there exists something better doesn't diminish my enjoyment of what I have. I honestly don't care about the Porsche anymore. Likewise, the Magnepan 3.7s paired with the Def Tech Supercube Refs are keepers in my book – the best speakers I'll ever have, but not the ultimate, which is the theme of this thread.