Yeah, I guess it does sound a little contradictory. But that's because I'm only looking at the device, and not listening to it or testing it. Firmware can be worth an awful lot. Here are two perspectives, and I can't say which one is more applicable:
If this "Anti-mode" DSP firmware that this device is based on was developed by this company, and if it works really well, they they deserve to profit from their investment. In that situation, the cost of the parts are not really relevant to what they should be charging for the unit. They are selling the firmware, and that could easily be worth 730 euro.
If, on the other hand, the firmware was developed by someone else and they are simply licensing it, then they have competition and would have a harder time justifying the price. License costs are not usually that high. It would also be hard to justify the cost if "anti-mode" didn't really work better then the myriad of other algorithms available. In those situations, it appears they are competing against devices like the miniDSP
, which is about one-fifth the price, or the AVRs that come standard with similar capabilities.
So I was trying to say that it could go either way . . . I am very aware of the wonders that DSP processing can do, but I also know that audio algorithms are already well developed and available for the downloading. And I'm very
aware of the potential to make a killing off of a simple buzzword, when it's portrayed as a miracle breakthrough. So I really can't pass judgment on this device right now.