Most of the stuff you see in the catalogs is total crap.
1. Designing to consumer expectations and not pro needs (budget studio monitors)
2. They don't update drivers or test on new OSes
3. They don't test their products with experienced people
4. They care more about their reputation than manufacturing quality
5. They make products for right now, but not the future
6. The products just don't sound right
7. They don't sound good enough
8. Too much latency in digital products
9. Too much coloring or distortion
10. Artificial bass boosting
11. Flawed designs ("Audiophile" & esoteric materials), No technical specs listed.
12. Not made in the USA
13. Copied designs. Nothing original.
14. Overpriced, waste of money
15. Creating a control interface, then making the home computer do all the work.
16. No ergonomics
17. Not enough raw power for productions
18. Retro and backward thinking products.
19. Marketing hype
20. Fake sponsorships and fake reviews.
21. "Mini" versions of products that are missing important things.
The only companies I like and have kept around after tons of trades: Roland keyboards. My isoAcoustic stands are a keeper. Things I'd Rebuy: the Future Retro Revolution. Marshall pedals. All the monitors, audio interfaces, mics and low end midi controllers are just total garbage and I have sold them to unfortunate people. As far as software value goes: Reason. I also think Waves plugins are great. TAL Plugins are great. I even find free plugins that outperform commercial ones a lot! I'm really sick of the junk! I should not have to pay extra for something that will last me 5 years. What kind of goals are these companies aiming for? Its obviously not quality, professional specs, and ease of use. I'm not going to join their cult of retards that buy their junk, nor am I going to pay as much as a used car for something thats almost solid state. Most of it is a drag and barely tickles my creativity.
P.S. Almost anything "mastering quality" or "analog" is hype. Digital is better in most cases. $5,000 for an EQ or Limiter? I would never let a hardware mastering facility touch my digital music because it will only add distortion and noise and lower the dynamic range. The only exception, where analog is good, are sound sources, like the synthesizer, microphone, and hardware distortion. You don't need to record on tape though. When you get real monitors, not 6" pieces of junk, you will notice how bad most people's idea of "warm" analog sounds. It takes a certain type of recording experience to nail that sound artistically, and its rarely heard anymore.