In the middle of a pandemic, Stereophile reviews ~ $30K equipment


While the world is in the middle of a major economic event, the last two pieces of gear posted by Stereophile to their online site average $30K a piece.


https://www.stereophile.com/content/aavik-acoustics-u-380-integrated-amplifier
https://www.stereophile.com/content/ta-mp-3100-hv-sacd-playerstreaming-dac


If this doesn't make you feel like you belong to their target audience I don't know what will.
erik_squires
Well, only the people who are very well off will have a 30k integrated unless a second mortgage is taken out. 
High end audio has always since my teen years been a hobby learning, observing and seeing where financially I fit in.  Since I fall middle, middle class for income even a $1000.00 integrated is big money for me. I love music as much as any audiophile but cannot afford to change systems on a whim.  This is where network music streaming is prime for people like me that cannot afford thousands of LPs.
It is good Audiogon provides a service that offers quality moves for less than 5 years prior prices.  I estimate, my guess only 10% of the world population would fork over 30k for an integrated. Unless there are more people that I realize with deep pockets.??

the reviewer's Class A home system is way more expensive than the Aavik Class D Integrated...
Those who can afford a $30,000 component have been least affected economically.
No shirt Sherlock 🕵️‍♂️ 
pcrhkr,
You think that maybe 10% of the population could afford a 30k integrated? Think again. You and I are in the 1% that have a home and food.