Originally Posted by enricoclaudio
Lets be honest. If Harman/Samsung can't get it right, nobody can get it right then. They have unlimited budget and resources to get things right, I would say even more than D&M.
I'd say it differently. In 2020, I heavily bet Samsung bought Harman for their car-related business and not their earbud business.
Harman engages in boutique home audio to help sell CAR audio
at a mere $2+ billion dollars in sales. Mark Levinson monoblocks are designed and manufactured for Mark Levinson car audio (Lexus). Lexicon was promoted to help spec into the Hyundai Genesis. Revel took more than a decade to get speced into Lincoln. Etc. If I'm right, call me a fortune-teller, we should expect to see Arcam speakers in __________ car in the next decade. And while I am predicting, I bet it will be a British car brand.
While we are at it, Harman also manufactures the speakers for B&W car audio
for Maserati (not a typo) as well as the B&O car speakers
in the Audi (again, not a typo). Think name licensing. Additionally, once they get their foot in the door for car speakers, they spec into vehicle heads-up display, etc (see https://car.harman.com/insights/arti...YaAqxUEALw_wcB
) Therefore Harman vehicle business as a whole equals billions of dollars in future bookings.
Big picture, Arcam NOW has deeper pockets than say D&M, but they still have a fraction of the engineers. The total horsepower rated in engineering hours is going to make the product relatively bug free. It's why D&M is so reliable in comparison to EVERY boutique lines put together. It just is. But... No Dirac.
I'm with you, Arcam will get it right. But not because Samsung/Harman bought them. Rather, Arcam's relationship with Harman means they need a quality reputation (future car speakers). I suspect this is a situation where the sales team wanted a product before engineering wanted to release. BB/Magnolia knew Dirac would be delayed. Again, this last paragraph is my interpretation. I could be way off.