Thanks. My budget is in the US$3,000 range, right where the Brooklyn Bridge sits.
As for epistemology, I’d say this: I can’t hear any difference between Ethernet cables, and I don’t think vinyl sounds good. On the other hand, I really do appreciate well designed, engineered, and manufactured equipment. I’ve seen the interior of the Bridge and it looks to have been designed and built by people who knew their subject matter and took pride in their work. (I have a science and engineering background.)
Does that mean it sounds “better”? I don’t know for sure, but I think the fact that I’d feel better about owning such a component would make me enjoy the experience more, and I’m fine with that.
I think I’ll just proceed with getting the Bridge, given the consensus that the MQA capability probably doesn’t add much incremental cost. I may like well engineered product, but I also want to feel that I’m getting value from what I pay (value can be “fun” in my definition, doesn’t have to be monetary value).