I know that music is classified under fine arts, but what about the people that design speakers and accessories, etc. Are they strictly engineers doing specific designs for a purpose? Or should they be considered artists like the musicians that play the music? I was just wondering this seeing how many companies are out there boasting their "unique" sonic qualities, and how their "sound" is better. When you look at the threads and reviews, you find there is no "best" system out there as they depend a lot on taste as well as other factors. This leads me to believe that the designers could be considered artists that are simply expressing their work through sound. Amp designers must hand pick their caps and wires and understand the tradeoffs to achieve the finished result. There's also trial and error involved because of how complicated the path is from a CD to our ears. These are just some thoughts as I design a 2nd inverted gainclone, and am struggling to find the right combination of "sculpture" (definitely art related), and sound.