Originally Posted by Cvetan1
Well, at least the audio companies that he pushes on his website, are a few of the biggest offenders.
They must all be broke.
. I think you are giving me way too much credit. I know a lot about this industry but one thing I don't know is how to make money selling high-end gear to the vast number of audiophile fools that you think are walking around and do so profitably. Better than 90% of my company's business is custom electronics where the profits are in automated lighting, shades, whole house audio distribution, etc. We install 100X more commercial Crown amps than sell Mark Levinsons (both from the same parent company).
Last night we provided our facility for the local audiophile society. Really great group of people personally which you all would love to hate for their purchase decisions. Anyway, we are showing the new JBL M2 speakers. In case you have not heard about them, they are the latest product from JBL which was jointly designed by the division that makes Revel speakers (http://www.jblpro.com/products/recording&broadcast/M2/index.html#.UoZaFhr_mSo
). The objective and subjective performance of this system are incredible. Here is an example of the former:
First check out the green line. That is the on-axis (direct) response of the speaker. Have you ever seen a speaker with such a perfect response? The story gets better. Look at the lines below it. They are for angles away from front (off-axis). Look at how remarkably similar they are to the on-axis. Of course, Harman does not release a speaker without double blind tests against competitors so on the subjective side we are covered there too. The bi-amped speakers with two Crown 5000 series DSP sells discounted for $20,000 or about $2k more than this receiver we are talking about in this thread. Fully active speakers with programmable DSP so you can have any response curve you want:
What was the reaction from a number of audiophiles last night? "Never seen a horn speaker I liked...Never liked a speaker with DSP in it...None of the instruments sound real..." Fortunately there are some that were blown away by them are buying it but you have zero chance of attracting the typical Wilson or Magico buyer with this speaker and talk of science as is common on our web site.
So no, we don't make a living (and I certainly do not) from high-end audiophile customers. That part of our business there would not even pay for the lights. They are great people who share my love of music but they are not our customers. Yes, we do carry high-performance products. Where possible (and we try hard) our selection of these products is routinely based on proper science and validation of the same as you see above. These are not what caters to the high-end customers though. So your continued bias in how you are accepting my information is not warrented
But the few of you think it is easy picking here. Please explain how you would make money from these "gullible" people. I sure as heck don't know how to do that and seeing a number of high-end audio shops around us close, I don't seem to alone. You guys are mad about all the fortunes being made. Teach us the secrets.