Originally Posted by soundfly
Hi, this is my first post. How do you justify buying high end gear on a business and on an artistic point of view? What I mean is that most listener listen to music in less than optimal conditions (MP3, headphones, noisy surroundings...). At the end will your high end equipment make a difference? The sonic difference between good gear and very good gear is small for the ipod listener, but the difference of cost between good gear and very good is great. Can you justify the expense on a business point of view?
I would like to know your feelings regarding the artistic point of you. In general we want to do our best. But even here, most of the time music is highly compressed during tracking/mixing/mastering stages (Bob Katz says that in the last 20 years the average level of a CD increased by 20db). Can you still justify your high end preamps...?
I am playing the devil advocate here...
not everyone listens to mp3 and not everyone slams a mix +20db w/ an L1