Originally Posted by ZeroEight
Yes, time for class - you still have a lot to learn, and maybe get some class as well while you're at it. Your generalisations reflect must too simplistic thinking. Judge quality by the sound not place of manufacture.
I apologize oh so deeply for my offense. I guess that when you were twenty you had the utmost in class (and experience)?
Sorry gentlemen, I felt the need to respond to this cutdown.
I don't think ZeroEight has a clue about how I earned my money so as to afford my current equipment. I started working on a farm in Hudsonville, MI when I was eleven years old. I've cut lawns, firewood you name it for money. My parents have both worked for companies that "sold out"., my father for CSX Transportation, my mother for Nelson Metals.
I fully support first world countries that believe in giving back and contributing to their citizens well being. No, the USA is not perfect but its citizens can and do make great products, as do the citizens of Japan, Germany, Denmark,etc., etc. Notice that these are countries that pay a living wage, not just pennies per hour.
I will add that you were the only person to make such a derogatory comment from this great thread. I was admittedly a bit coarse but I have been affected personally by the wh*#$ng of quality manufacture to China (among elsewhere).
Mick, sorry about getting your name wrong. Thank you for the information about the 1.3 SE. I have listened to the Focus 140s and do think that they sound better(in some ways) than the Contour1.3 MkIs and MkIIs. I think that the 1.3 SEs though sound quite substantially better than the Focus 140s.
You have piqued my interest in scoping out some Contour 1.4s in black laquer to see how they compare. In the end though I think that I will stay contented with being a "poor" college student with a kick butt pair of speakers until the day that I can afford a pair of Confidence C1s (black laquer of course).
BTW: I have been working my way through every post on this thread when I can. One by one. Eventually I will be up to speed.
Thanks again everybody!