Very true. Plenty of HiFi gear for sale out there that are crappily engineered and assembled with cheap components. But all things being equal, a receiver engineered and assembled with comparable components to mine, would more than likely be cheaper today. It is hard to compare though. Sort of like comparing quarterbacks in the NFL from different eras.while technology has certainly advanced, so has cost-cutting, cheap manufacturing, and a general disregard for great sound (vs price points, looks, convenience, etc etc). i dont think that its safe to assume that a piece of gear made today and adjusted for inflation will better a vintage piece of comparable price. it may. or it may not. cant really generalize. imho, of course.