It has just occurred to me that the products we reviewed in February were, refreshingly, relatively affordable.
Here are the products we reviewed in February, either in a column, follow-up, or complete equipment report:
Acoustical Systems SMARTractor cartridge-alignment tool: $650
ATC SCM v.3: $1499/pair
Audience Au24 SE: $1190/1m pair
Audio Art IC-3: $130/1m pair
Audio Art SC-5: $240/10ft pair
Auralic Vega: $3499
Bel Canto e.One DAC3.5 VBS: $4985
Benchmark ADC1 USB: $1795
Benchmark DAC2 HGC: $1995
Epos Elan 10: $1000/pair
Hagerman Audio Labs Trumpet Reference: $7200
iLive IAB13: $24.88
Lepai LP7498E: $199.99
NAD M51 Direct Digital: $1999
PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium: $3199
Shindo D’Yquem monoblock: $24,995/pair
Stirling Broadcast SB-88: $3450/pair
That's 17 products with an average price of approximately $3415. If we remove the high- (Shindo D’Yquem monoblock: $24,995/pair) and low-priced (iLive IAB13: $24.88) outliers, we get an average price of approximately $2202—still a lot of money by most standards, but not the incredibly high cost for which we are often criticized.
Just saying. See? We're not always crazy.