Shutter sounds are crucially important to a camera. If the act of taking a picture is associated with an unpleasant noise it turns me off the camera straight away. There are some great cameras with peerless reputations that never leave my drawer because of shutter and other quirks. Taking a picture should feel nice in every way.
Exactly my point. Once you've used a Contax RTSIII (the finest shutter I'ver ever experienced), you know what is possible and you know why you don't like some other specimens.