i suppose the real question is who cares? my system, except for the speakers and dac, is made up of old used stuff and sounds great, better than anything else out there. And the person who owns the stuff in the photo would probably say the same thing about the sound of that system, and they're totally entitled to, and are of course, right. I don't get this envy thing, that someone who owns a ten grand pre amp has the mind set that their pre is better than mine and thus sounds better. it does not, my system sounds the best, just as there's does. Nor do i get the nonsense of people who have upgraded a component and suddenly the older component is junk and are willing to come here, to this site and others, and announce just that, are you suggesting that all that time that you had the earlier version of the component your system sounded like junk? Why would you bother in the first place? Your system sounded great and now with the upgrade it is greater, but sounds still the best, it is after all your system. The good news is that most of the people here believe, as I, that their systems sounds the best, and understand that everyone else's do too. Humm, maybe today i have been on the various forums too frequently, there seems to be a lot of one-upmanship, i shall slowly step off of the butter box...
I disagree with this totally.
To think that my system was " the best " I would have to assume that I personally was:
-had heard and experienced the most properly set up systems.
-had unlimited resources to purchase and set up the best I had heard.
-have the best ears.
-have always kept up with newer and better technology.
this list could go on and on...
I think that anyone who thinks that they have the best system are deluded.