Originally Posted by runnin'
So is it true that the CE certification is nothing more than a corporation declaring that they are complying with CE regulations? No inspection or testing is done as with UL or CSA certification?
I tried searching for posts about this and comments by Chu Gai and only got limited results.
Originally Posted by runnin'
That link has a lot of legalese gobbleygook. But it appears with comments like this:
that no certification or testing is done, which would be a cheaper route for Emotiva. They started this company several years ago and their primary marketplace has been North America, though they obviously are expanding. I guess that's one way to bring a cheaper product to market.
CE allows a company to self certify that their product meets the appropriate standards applicable for that product. The standards for a toaster are obviously different from a DAC or a CD player. Further, a product may need to meet several standards in order to be legally sold. While I don't know if the following is a CE standard, there is a move in Europe to mandate tougher standby power consumption requirements which you can Google up for further information. So, if you see some personally cherished amps being phased out, it may be because their standby power consumption is simply too high.
While some companies just slap a CE logo on the product, others do go to the trouble of not only testing the product but indicating in their manuals just what CE standard they claim compliance with. Check the manuals of something like a Pioneer receiver and you'll see it written along with a sign off signature indicating responsibility. As to what Emotiva does, you'd have to ask them and they should have no problem answering questions in a public forum without derisive remarks. After all, a company that's in compliance has made an internal effort and commitment to play by the rules and one would think would be proud to make that publicly known.
The CE standard largely only has meaning overseas. In the US, other standards exist and there are differences from the CE ones. For example FCC Part 15 B. One will notice that Emotiva's current CDP has the FCC logo on the back while IIRC, the prior one didn't. However, the FCC is quite specific as to the language to be used in the manual and the manual for their current CDP does not conform. Whether that's because the people who write their manuals are clueless or because the company is fudging things, I don't know.
Also as a point of fact, products sold here that come from other countries must have a 'Country of Origin' sticker, label, printing, etc. If for example one buys interconnects that came from China, there ought to be some kind of indication of the country that made them. A company selling things like Chinese interconnects is not allowed by Federal law to remove them.