Amen to that, David, Spock. I could barely afford my Bartok to Rossini transition. Now, essentially, many of us are being told - ‘Good News! - we have some spiffy new circuitry which will make things sound even more sublime! Bad News! - you can’t afford it’. My response is ‘Grrrrr…’
These further massive price hikes put any thoughts of further upgrades out of the question. For me, at least. And - I suspect - plenty of other ‘normal’ (?) folks. The market for high-end/bespoke audio equipment may be price-elastic, but not THAT elastic. Even the most resilient rubber band, when stretched, will eventually break. In short, I’m outta here. I now need to learn to be content with what I have… something I really should have done years ago.