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Old 25th February 2007, 01:24 AM   #1
EdT is offline EdT  Canada
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The more I look, the more I find local or Canadian speaker manufacturers creeping out of the woodwork, but looking at their prices I think they are crazy, are they really worth all this money ?


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Old 25th February 2007, 04:18 PM   #2
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Well, everything is relative. Considering Gemme and RL acoustique are horns I'm not that surprised.
I think that in Canada as in Sweden, labour is expensive and these horns are not a square box. Add taxes, social insurances, investments in machines, permits for using lacquers, advertisments..... list is endless.

In Gemme's case it is applied six layers!! of lacquers, with sanding between layers, + final polishing. This process will take about two days to complete as an average, if counting reworking of some 10% of the production due to errors made.

Also there's development that is time consuming=money spent before any sales.

There's always the alternative to move production to Asia. Well no wonder the products made there are cheaper. I've been to factories in most of the Asian countries. The work environments are pretty medevial,12-13 hours/day six working days and salary could equal a bowl of rice per day. (furniture factory in Indonesia)
I'm not saying that these conditions are a general rule, there are some nicer factories there.

Of course there are extreme examples in audio that make you cringe when you see what it's made of. Take Acuhorn from Poland, as an example. Using a 10 EURO retail price driver and charge 3000 EURO. This is a horn also but produced in Poland, which has 1/4 of labour costs as in West Europe. I have not heard them but obviously they do have sales.

In the end, it is the sound that counts and if someone have found a cheap good sounding product, then all credit to them. After all, a bad product will not survive for long.

Oh, forgot to say it is not so easy to make good sounding and good looking audio products.


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Old 26th February 2007, 03:54 AM   #3
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Old 26th February 2007, 04:08 AM   #4
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To quote from the RL acoustique website:

"AER MK-1 The new standard in affordable full-range driver? MSRP............$2,500 CDN"

Well, I suppose compared to their $9500.00 driver, that does seem affordable.

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