I have been reading Stereophile since 1992. Back then I was a broke 17 year old high school student living at my family's apartment. Could I afford ANYTHING in the magazine? No. Not at all. Could I convince my mother to buy a $2,000 CD player? Never in a million years. Could I convince myself that I needed to own something like this when I grew older? OF COURSE!
I understand the need to review entry-level gear because truly musical systems can be assembled without breaking the bank. What I don't seem to understand is why readers want you to refrain from reviewing the ultra high end gear. Don't they ever have aspirations for owning something truly stellar? Don't they have the patience to wait until they can afford it? Don't they know that there are fantastic deals in used, demo, and discontinued gear? Our home hi fi rig is composed of mostly used and demo gear (except the speakers and cables) yet nobody cares once they hear the quality of the music. They are blown away when they hear a stereo that absolutely kills anything they've ever heard before.
Don't cease reviewing the high end gear. Let me know what miraculous pieces of equipment which exist and still cost more than a new car. I want to put together my "must have" list for the day I can afford it. I'm already the proud owner of what I considered a dream system only 5 years ago. Blow me away with what I know I'll be able to afford 5 years from now. I have the time. I can read. I can wait.