Originally Posted by StuffOfInterest
What's your VAT rate there? I think that is where a lot of the price difference comes from. Most people in the US who buy online are still able to get around US sales tax which keeps the price down. Don't worry, we get it on the back end with the income tax.
Coming from Canada, but now residing in the US, believe me: you don't get hit very hard on income taxes. Canadian income taxes are much higher than the States, mainly thanks to provincial income taxes that add an additional (roughly) 50% to the federal rates. And sales taxes are also higher - about 14% on average, thanks to federal sales tax of 7% (is it 7% or 8%? Been a while) and similar provincial rates, or what is known as a harmonized sales tax of 14-15% that combines them in some provinces.
Basically, that's how the "free" health-care system is paid for.
Back on topic (i.e. 606 and how wonderful it should be):
The unit is reported to be lighter, and so far is reported to put out less heat, compared to a 605. And it consumes less power (1 ampere less on the rating).
Has anyone been able to do a side-by-side comparison to hear whether the 606 has any audible difference using the same source material? I'm wondering whether the lightening of the unit is a result of using a different, not-as-good-as-before amplifier section.
Or is it purely an advancement of amplifier efficiency technology with no impact to sound quality?