Hifi Audio: Show of Wealth or Something more?
Spending thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands on hifi equipment, to the average person, may seem like an exuberant show of wealth but a closer examination clearly explains how at times this couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is a saying that goes, “quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten” and this is true with hifi equipment. The reason people spend large sums of money on an Audemar Piguet timepiece or a Ferrari sports car is not necessarily to flaunt wealth. Collectors spend because they appreciate the quality of the product and all the artistry that went into creating it.
Hifi can be a relatively expensive passion but considering the materials used, the research and development undertaken and the skilled craftsmen hired, the value becomes apparent. Take into consideration the moment when an audiophile listens to their favourite piece of music through a great hifi system and gets goosebumps, that is a priceless experience. The meticulous attention to every single detail and time spent perfecting the sound and look of these hifi components often start with a passion. The visionaries, engineers and craftsmen all believe in their product and this passion is transferred to the audiophile. This is the reason why an audiophile will spend money on great quality audio equipment, but the notion that someone must be super rich to be an audiophile is false. The appreciation of quality is not limited to the super rich, because there are hifi options available for varying budgets. Headphones are a great starting point for the audiophile with a limited budget with the Focal Spirit Classic Headphones costing only $295 and in time, you can upgrade to the Focal Utopia Headphones at $4999. Speakers are an altogether different experience, feeling the bass and being captivated by the highs is exhilarating, but they will increase your spend. We carry a wide range of products and prices but to give you an idea, the Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 will run $10,500/pair, Focal Sopra No.2 $16,500/pair and Sonus Faber Il Cremonese $63,900/pair.
Building the perfect system requires more than money, knowledge is also key. To get some insight, read a previous blog article about building the best hifi system or visit our store and come listen to how priceless a pricey hifi system sounds.