A thought about "audiophilia". Men (and some women) love expensive toys. But I think the reason this particular area is so out-of-control is that there's no easily quantifiable metric of "sounds better". Whereas, with something like a Leica camera lens, you can shoot a resolution target yourself and see how well the lens resolves it across the visual field. With fast cars, you can see how fast they go or accelerate. Above a couple thousand, any individual piece of sound reproduction equipment, if properly installed and adjusted, will sounds as good as any other to someone who isn't psychotic. The other funny thing is some moron will pay $1000+ for, let's say, an SPDIF or HMDI cable...but that movie or album was produced with standard commercial equipment and cables from the likes of BSW, Markertek, etc. Wouldn't that make the bits already damaged by inferiority by the time they were mastered for CD or DVD!?