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Old 7th January 2012, 03:08 AM   #91
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Woody,

Just say Huh, I will always answer.....

Evelyn Hall said it best: 'I disapprove of what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it'.

Fact is, however, that tastes differ in audio - it's like food - what is grainy to some is gutsy and exciting to others. And further, the speaker (and source) has a big part in all this too.

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Old 7th January 2012, 03:19 AM   #92
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someone famous once said (i think it was Rodney Dangerfield ) "you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time , but ........

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Old 9th February 2012, 10:55 PM   #93
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Fact is, however, that tastes differ in audio - it's like food - what is grainy to some is gutsy and exciting to others. And further, the speaker (and source) has a big part in all this too.

Hugh
Yes I agree with you. But you are playing an endless game of one upmanship against yourself here. When is this going to end? The AKSA was a 'world class amp' at the time but then came the NAKSA. You are producing endless variations . The real marketing trick is to persuade people that each successor is 'better' than the preceding one.
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Old 10th February 2012, 07:17 AM   #94
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Good points, Professor. Let me try and help you with some answers.

Hugh does engage in one upmanship with himself - in Australia we actually say that he is "Up Himself" We don't like tall poppies in our country and it is a national sport to cut them down wherever they are encountered.

When is this going to end? The day after he pops his cloggs and not a moment before.But I fully expect him to be designing circuits on the back of the coffin lid.

And I see that you are on to Hugh's trick of producing endless variations just like the automotive industry does year in year out - Bring back the Lada I reckon.

On Hugh's behalf may I thank you for your real marketing trick - persuade people that each successor is better than the preceding one. That's a doozey. Would people really fall for that? I'm guessing that you are employed in the Marketing industry?

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Old 10th February 2012, 11:03 PM   #95
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Supermart, how are you. Hadn't heard from you for so long, I thought you'd died and gone to ... that place where old reprobates go!

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Old 11th February 2012, 12:18 AM   #96
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Hi Supermart, I agree with Andy – good to hear your droll assessments again.

Actually, I was a bit worried when first reading your post though. I thought you were accidently going to give away the new commercial development direction that Hugh had confidentially told us about, his crystal based amplifier line. Won’t need much marketing at all as there’s no circuitry to speak of and perfect sound.
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Old 11th February 2012, 11:04 PM   #97
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My only objection about the price of the amp is that the material cost of it is probably around 1/10th of the retail price. So how do you suggest the consumer can justify paying ten times that amount when there is no fancy casework? One reason you might give is sound quality.
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I don't think people should feel necessary to justify the selling price of their goods when they are selling into an open and competitive market. The customers will make their choice. In fact, except for very unusual circumstances, it is the primary purpose of a commercial entity to maximize the financial return for it's owners. Therefore, selling price has little to do with the cost of parts.

Hugh may have spent years establishing his brand, his distribution, refining his business methods, losing sleep and pulling his hair out and also having some fun. He may have spent an inordinate time tweaking his designs and pcb layout and component choices - or he could have just stumbled onto an old design on the forum and put a fancy wrapper on it. It's irrelevant to Selling price.



By the way, is this new crystal amp 'transparent' ?
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By the way, is this new crystal amp 'transparent' ?

Depends; part of the design beauty is that one can readily choose the degree of desired coloration (or transparency) so easily depending on the type of crystal used.
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Yes I agree with you. But you are playing an endless game of one upmanship against yourself here. When is this going to end? The AKSA was a 'world class amp' at the time but then came the NAKSA. You are producing endless variations . The real marketing trick is to persuade people that each successor is 'better' than the preceding one.
I think you need to read up on the principle of "kaizen", Professor Smith.
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