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marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,681
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,814
    I wanna know who does his hair
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,681
    he was working on a tube amp while it was on :D
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, North Star Design USB dac32, Cayin Venus cd-100i,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    Looks like a Brillo pad toupee.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 463
    Coming from a well known "big corporate" that has a history of purchasing brands to leverage their "legacy," I have to say I fully agree with his point about the big brands being the most known, but not the best. I also love his point about following the engineers and designers. Elac is probably the only major global brand leveraging this concept and "celebritizing" Andrew Jones.

    It's a simple formula really. Aside from the build and everything, all that marketing costs money. Costs ad dollars, hiring designers, marketing staff, agencies, etc. Plus big corporate also tends to offer above average pay, great benefits, and more resources. If all that money went straight into the products, they'd be insane.

    But it's a double edged sword. The industry needs those big brands to some extent to help make enough noise to bring in foot traffic at big shows and keep the traditional audio media funded. Luckily the internet is quickly shifting this formula. Those big names also can get new folks into dealers, or even looking at hifi in the big box stores like Best Buy Magnolia, Nebraska Furniture etc.

    The last point is that I really like is that these brands aren't terrible. They aren't. Some are making really really killer products, and they stand up well when compared in a vacuum. And in the entry level especially they can make some true class leading (new) products. But that doesn't mean dollar for dollar it's your best value, especially as you go higher up. When the prices come into the mix is when you really start to see boutique brands shine in many (not all) cases.

    Overall, solid advice. Maybe a little bias, but certainly good points overall.
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