And nowadays I think we’ve reached a point where the dividing line between pro and beginner is a fairly low bar, thanks to advances in technology and a very feature-rich market for used gear.
I can, for example, shoot pro photos on a used $300-$500 Canon original 5D or 6D. I can record pro audio on a used Sound Devices MixPre-3 II. And of course I can edit pro audio with Audition and the ERA plugins.
I enjoy your reviews of high-end gear – they are at once very pleasant, professional, and informative. But I’m not going to let my Inner Idiot break the leash and go in search of the last 0.0005 degree of asymptotic perfection. There – I’ve composed my marching anthem. Down, ego! Down, ego!