And, really, if you think a $14,500 "value" in loudspeakers is a hoot, I get TAS (The Absolute Sound)! The "cheescake" cover shots may feature a turntable for $125,000, or a pair of speakers for $180,000, or $70,000 (EACH!) monoblocks.
How many incremental improvemnt level$ are there, beweent "pi" carried to 19 decimal spaces, or 83?
And our dog may snuggle up to the EP500 now and then (odd, yes), but he's never weighed in on the rest of the system, and hey, he knows better than any of us, right?
"Ya rolls the dice and ya takes yer chanskes."