Many times Talkbass has debated why something costs so much, I usually fall on the side of understanding why it costs what it does. I can see why a particular bass costs a lot. Or why you pay a premium for a luxury car. But can someone help me understand why audiophile level stereo components cost so much? Pick up a copy of Stereophile and look at a review - it's probably speakers costing $20k/pair. I've seen speakers more than double that. Is it entirely just that the market will bear the price? There are $50k speakers out there. Why will $3 - 5k buy you a fantastic bass or guitar rig and 10k would get just about any top of the line rig and then some, but that might only be enough for one speaker in stereo equipment? Is there more engineering, know-how, component costs, manufacturing costs, etc., in some of this stuff than in, say, a similarly priced car? You could get a pretty nice car for $50k. Just wondering.