Originally Posted by DS-21
However, my broader point was that so long as Revel's parent company owns any company that sells luxury-priced amplifiers, they would not make a statement against interest about amplifiers, even though their engineers and all of their customers who know the research know the facts.
Your point about risking the displeasure of dealers is another important reason why they'd never come out and state obvious-to-us facts about amplification.
Harman itself, in their speaker lines, has already shown that speaking the truth about science does not preclude them from selling multiple lines at vastly disparate prices. Their research division has repeated stated (papers and presentations from Toole, Olive) that a speaker's performance is highly correlated with its measurements. At the same time, Harman sells the $300 JBL LSR305 and the $400 Infinity Primus P363 as well as the Salon2. All of these speakers measure very well according to the criteria laid out by the research. Within the Revel line, I am hard pressed to distinguish a difference in measurements between the F208 and 4x pricier Salon2.
Is Revel being disingenious or sabotaging sales with these multiple speaker lines? I think not. First, there's still the possibility that there are differences in measurements beyond those published, or propriety science not yet published. Second, there's reason to prefer one product over another for superior measured performance, even if the difference is so minor as to be inaudible. It provides psychological comfort and pride if nothing else. Finally, there are differences in looks, features, and dealer support.
The bottom line is that promoting science is not inconsistent with having products of different price levels offering similar measured performance. What I'd like to see is not necessarily Harman coming out and recommending one specific amplifier, but to make a statement similar to that which I quoted above
from its director, but in an official capacity in its literature. If dealers were to be displeased by it, they should already be displeased at Revel offering the 4x cheaper F208.
Yes, it is hard to see Revel gaining an immediate financial benefit from such action. It would only be to dispel voodoo for the good of the audiophile community, at the risk of possibly hurting sales. That's why it would take some courage and philanthropic desire.