I think with people who want to just assume and follow others online with preconceived views without trying for themselves tend to make huge assumptions as to what's needed. Some people will spend a ton of money on big components buying far more than they need stacking it all together. It's kinda like phono cartridges that are small and really not seen. Some will buy $500 tables every few months looking for a sound change and owning 4 decks. Meanwhile when you tell them to go buy a $1000 cartridge and put it on their $500 table they say the table isn't worth that and keep using the same $200 MM cart. They don't find value in small components even though what I mentioned would have brought far more SQ change and cost less in the long run. I also find it funny with this preconceived thought on cables, the naysayer makes hug leaps. They go right to prices in the $10,000 and up generalizing the whole topic. I have a pretty nice system but my cables and IC are all below $300 a pair. Now that's still expensive for the guy that thinks more than $25 is a wast, but no they don't want to think about everything in between.