Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet
I didn't say that high-end gear necessarily sounds better. I only suggested a few reasons why two pieces of gear (any two) can sound *different*.
I've heard affordable gear sound better than top-priced gear plenty of times. I've also heard high-end gear that's worth it's weight in gold. My solution? I use my ears and then buy the best bang for the buck that I can afford.
That is a subjective approach, if you were really serious you would use a DBT to see what does sound better.