Just got the march issue and read a letter by Ron Levine. While I did not agree with a lot of it, I was surprised by the response from RH. It was a strawman pure and simple. Where Mr. Levine tries to make the point that a $45K speaker that arguabley does not sound any better than a $20K speaker cannot be called a 'Bargain', RH creates a different argument to demolish, that a more expensive speaker can indeed be better than a less expensive one...
Ok, but that is not the point Mr. Levine made...He said clearly that other speakers costing half as much as the subject speaker could and do sound as or about as good so the label 'bargain' applied to the higher price spread was a misuse of the term.
I have to agree, though Stereophile is far more guilty of such misuse of words like 'bargain, budget, and modest' when discussing gear that costs as much as a year of Juniors education in a very good university.
If one is going to rebut an argument, it is best to stick to the argument actually made and not make up a new one to refute.