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If you can’t tell the difference between $300 and $3000 speakers, either there is something off with your hearing (I don’t mean that as an insult), or someone was driving those $3000 speakers with a $30 amplifier.
Putting anything in-front of speakers should be avoided, as treble is reflective. Heck, in some cases, even rebuilding your speaker grilles with more acoustically transparent cloth (they make special cloth for speaker grilles) can make a difference.
In addition to this, the placement of speakers makes a huge difference. Every pair of speakers is different in this regard, so it’s a matter of experimentation.
Lastly, it doesn’t take a “massive audiophile” to put effort into and appreciate good sound and equipment. I’m a college student with a very limited budget, and I can appreciate good sound just as much as someone who can drop tens of thousands of dollars on a stereo system. Also, $3000 is hardly “massive audiophile” gear, especially speakers, which are one of the most expensive parts of an audio setup, along with audiophile-grade power amp(s) and a turntable.