There's also studies that show the more money people spend on something, the more they perceive it to be ideal - essentially making anecdotal fallacy stronger. People expect that the more they spend, the better something must be - but like with SPL subwoofers, that's simply not always true. Especially when specific goals are introduced - or disregarded. You pay more for "niche", and if you are a SQ guy who pays $1000 bucks for an SPL amplifier - you'll be disappointed. If you are an average Joe who spends $2000 on Focal Utopias, and just swaps the factory speakers for them - they won't be close to reaching $2000 worth of potential (or even $200 worth of equivalent). But Average Joe doesn't know that, assumes since he's spent the money - that's as good as it could possibly get. And since Joe only has his anecdotal experience, combined with his limited understanding, Average Joe turns into the guy you see on EVERY forum, countering every caution and criticism with "You know what man? I don't care what you say about [sealing your doors/acoustic treatments/placement/aiming/EQ/etc]... I like how it sounds, and that's all that matters!"There is a REALLY robust finding called the "Ikea effect" where the amount of struggle and personal effort you put into something greatly alters your perceived value of it. In the standard model there are two conditions: one where participants are given a crappy piece of furniture already assembled and a second where participants are given the components of the same piece and asked to construct it. In both cases participants are asked to place a dollar value on the chair for resale. Participants who do not build the piece give it a realistic value, typically just a couple of dollars. With overwhelming reliability participants who construct the furniture will place a high dollar value on their crappy pieces asking for 15 or 20 dollars.
It's an artificial argument ender because
a) to this guy, sure, fine whatever. He's right, what matters is he's satisfied with his $2000 purchase.
b) to everyone else reading on the forum, it's a fallacy - he could have been just as satisfied or more with a $100 set of speakers and $100 more spent on even minor door treatments. From a form perspective, it doesn't help the forum reader, reading the member's perception is artificially higher than it should be. In my experience you can identify that guy by their lack of ability to discuss at a technical level. This is the person who just says things like "I love my Focal speakers", and can't convey why beyond "they just sounded best to me".
And there's definitely also a personality type - the person who doesn't want to talk about the result of what they got, they want to show off what they spent. They will actively say "that cost me _". The result isn't what they care about, just conspicuous consumption. Their "high" or "stoke" doesn't come from that feeling of getting a better result, it comes from a feeling of "I afforded this, and other people can't".
I hate to say it, but whenever I encounter those types of people - the "I swear to god these things I own are awesome", and the "I spent more than you, so I"m better than you" personality types - I completely disregard (if I even read on) what they are saying.
And you know what - there's a lot of them. It's unfortunate, because they make up a lot of the "people who spend more" demographic - people who have more money than knowledge, vs. people who have enough knowledge to know they need to spend more here and there, and therefore made the choices they did. The former are many, the latter are few - but are the valuable ones. So it's important to be able to differentiate them. SO important, IMO.