This isn’t even apples to oranges. This is apples to avocados.
Steve’s pushing the idea here that you should buy a turntable instead of an iPhone because the turntable will last for a decade or more, whereas the iPhone will last for a few years.
Well, beyond the fact that I can’t check my e-mail or make calls on a turntable, the turntable in question is $1300. For that price, you can upgrade on contract to the latest iPhone every two years for the next 12 years—you won’t just get an iPhone 5, you’ll get the eighth, tenth, twelfth, fourteenth, and sixteenth iPhones too.
It’s pretty clear by now that, while I think Steve has a good set of ears and knows how to pick a good product (including some great headphone bargains that I’ve cribbed for my own reviews), I have philosophical disagreements with the way he approaches the hobby.
This, though—this is just a waste of everybody’s time.