Originally Posted by commsysman
Yeah, those stupid audio engineers and other audio professionals keep wasting their money on expensive amplifiers that those poor deluded fools think sound a lot better.
Sadly, true. It is true that for about $300 a person get a really good professional grade power amp, or one can get one with similar performance for $3,000 and both kinds of amps are sold.
QSC used to take a lot of $#@!! about the sound quality of their power amps. They engineered and built a goodly number of ABX boxes and sent them into the field. I know of no case where anybody found that a good competitive amp sounded different, let alone better.
Just because they make their living in audio doesn't mean they are right.
A key factor is that most audio professionals don't make their living testing amplifiers, they make their living doing something where audible differences abound rather than vanish, and the amplifiers are just tools.
Let's face it, one can fix a car with a good but cheap made-you-know-where wrench, or one can use a really nice one from say, Mac tools. The car gets fixed if you use either tool properly with good diagnosis and good procedures. There used to be huge differences between very cheap and really good mechanic's tools, but most of those have been erased.
Who do they think they are, anyway?
Guys who make recordings and run sound systems.
How could they possibly know better than our resident self-appointed experts here?
Some of the locals do all that, too. Like me. Thousands of live sound gigs and thousands of recordings for 100s of clients. No I don't do huge arenas and I don't record top hits. I do run events that are attended by 100's of people and make recordings for schools and churches. Its all about good sound, whether the market is big or small, and I use many of the same tools.
Those professional audio people who believe in that myth have kept companies like Bryston and Audio Research in business for 30 years and more.
You are poorly informed if you think that Bryston and AR have significant sales in the professional audio market. I'm sure there are a few high end mastering engineers with Bryston and AR amps in their innner sanctums. So what?
Let's see your audited numbers for professional audio sales by Bryston, AR, Crown, and QSC. Orders of magnitude apart. A handful of exceptions don't make a rule!
It's amazing what expensive stuff you can sell to people who really know what is what, isn't it? Simply shocking what experienced knowledgeable true experts will do!
The vast majority of the time knowledgeable experts bypass Bryston and AR.
Its incredible the things the professionals who make their living in audio believe in.
The vast overwhelming majority of the time knowledgeable experts bypass boutique Bryston and AR and spend their money on mainstream products like those from Crown and QSC. Anybody who asserts otherwise simply never lifts the covers on professional sound systems.