I am aware it makes some of us a bit uncomfortable to admit we use our system’s status as our calling card, but I’d like to suggest it’s fine.
There’s nothing wrong with rating yourself by the status of your equipment.
“I am an audiophile,” said the first, proudly.
“Yeah? What’s your system?” asked the second.
As the list of prized components gets rattled off, a judgment forms as to the seriousness and the caliber of the first. This is perfectly normal behaviour and one I encourage.
Your equipment is, after all, a reflection of you.
And we should never feel bad or inadequate for being who we are.
We are the best we know how to be.