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Thread: What type of people own high-high-end gear?

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    Default What type of people own high-high-end gear?

    I know this is an almost rude question, but I've been wondering for a while. On forums and whatnot I sometimes see users with systems that must cost tens of thousands. Sometimes it looks like at least $50k.

    Do such users tend to be particularly wealthy, or just spend a particularly large amount of their income on hifi? A little of both?

    It's not polite to enquire about people's incomes, nor question the value of their purchases; but if I don't ask, I'll never know.

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    ..and poor, if they choose very wisely equipment that outperforms
    all expectations of audiophiles be they rich or poor, offered at reasonable price.

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    Hi Hugo,

    I think an important consideration is that most people who own the sort of systems you describe have assembled them over a number of years, thus spreading the cost.

    Very few folks (on forums anyway) go out and buy $50k systems in one go. If they have them, they represent the culmination, or continuing 'hi-fi journeys,' of the owners concerned.

    That's certainly the case in my instance

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    inclined to agree with above. most folk start with a modest system and improve it over a period of time. A bit like cars and houses really. Some obviously have more cash available and can go further up the scale, quicker. Not having kids would be a big advantage too. They can really become expensive
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    Or they bought it all second-hand for a lot less than you might think.

    Almost all of the people I know who could afford high end hi-fi have zero interest in it and only ever listen to music whilst driving. I can think of one exception but he is waiting for his youngest children to get to the age where they will respect it before he splashes out.
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    'The 1%' equates to roughly 74 million people, and there appear to be plenty of people who pull up outside expensive schools in expensive cars to pick up multiple children to be returned to eye-wateringly expensive houses. Sure, some of them are doing it on the never never but for many it's real, I'd hazard a guess that at the upper end of that group of people dropping 50k on some trinkets is a pleasant afternoon out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Or they bought it all second-hand for a lot less than you might think.
    Indeed. Paying full retail price for the most expensive new equipment is as daft as doing the same with cars. Let someone else take the initial hit!

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    The 1% of what population, Marc? I can't see any reference to the percentage you're quoting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rothchild View Post
    ...there appear to be plenty of people who pull up outside expensive schools in expensive cars to pick up multiple children to be returned to eye-wateringly expensive houses. Sure, some of them are doing it on the never never but for many it's real, I'd hazard a guess that at the upper end of that group of people dropping 50k on some trinkets is a pleasant afternoon out.
    Yes, but in the UK, how many of those types exist outside of London?

    Unfortunately, in terms of the UK, the 'big smoke', down south, falsely (and massively) skews these types of 'wealth stats', as in that respect London is very much a 'law unto its own', and getting more and more divorced from the rest of the UK every day.

    Take London out of the equation, and almost any meaningful stat you care to levy at the UK changes dramatically!

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    I think Marc is referring to the richest 1% of the population, of the world.
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