just brew it! wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:If you want to lose any remaining respect you might have had for the audio industry, go Google Audio Note (Shun Mook & Peter Belt are beyond parody at this point).
I see that the price list has been removed from their web site. I guess they fall into the "if you have to ask how much it costs you can't afford it" category.
The prices start in the high 5-figures and rapidly reach the mid 6-figures.
Every 6 months when Stereophile
publishes its "Recommended Components" issues (April & October) I scan through to build the single most-expensive system I can based on their listings. Just to bulk up the cost (and cater to audiophilia nervosa
), here's my list of component types. All entrants come from Stereophile
Class AA (only for turntables) or Class A. Speakers come from Class A full range (there's a subset of Class A speakers titled "Restricted Extreme LF").
Tone Arm (if not included in most expensive 'table)
'Table to Pre-Amp Transformer
CD rig (usually the 4-piece $100+K jobbie from dCS)
2 Monoblock Power Amps
This is just the components themselves. I've not added the unicorn blood cables, the ceramic props to keep the speaker cables off the carpet, the suspension stands to keep everything from rocking to the beat, and all of the other over-priced detritus that the rich NYC crowd who writes all of these articles can buy on belief. Just on the components I can usually "spend" $2 million.
Here at home the only post-college components in my rack are the Parasound pre-amp ($300 or so from Audio Advisor) and a $400 NAD cd deck (also from Audio Advisor). I'm still rocking my college turntable, amp, and speakers. The college tape deck is safely stored should it ever be needed (though at this point I should plan on replacing all the rubber bits in the tape path).
EDIT: I read Stereophile
to know what is possible. To their credit they also review consumer-priced goods with the same "rigor" they apply to the mega-buck stuff and to their surprise they've found a ton of quality gear in the under-$1K (electronics) and under-$2K (speakers) range that I could build a "lifetime" system around at a pittance compared to the stuff they usually review.
Moore's Law of Mad Science: Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point.