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Old 17th September 2012, 12:46 AM   #111
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The biggest threat to western audio is the Asian markets. There is no way we can compete with the likes of China on price.
I tried building an amp for less than the Chinese and failed miserably. I couldnt even get the components for what they are selling for. I have had pcb's made in China and they were a third of the price they are in the UK and that includes p+p half way around the world !

I sell software and was the only one selling that software on ebay, now there are numerous competitors selling much chepaer than me.

I am seriously wasting my time ion the general hardware and software markets.

The only way to make money is to specialise with technology above what the CHinese can make.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 02:17 PM   #112
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Has a group of audio companies silenced RS or something?
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Old 3rd October 2012, 02:57 PM   #113
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Originally Posted by eisenhower View Post
Wine spectator uses single blind taste tests. I know several people who actually work at wineries, and they occasionally use single blind taste tests, but mostly sighted tests. There are several studies which show cheaper wines beating expensive wines in comprehensive double blind taste tests. If what you said was true, then these expensive wineries are making all kinds mistakes.

Your strong claim that everyone everywhere has used double blind taste testing is utter nonsense.
Having worked in that industry for more than a decade, judged at competitions in both California and France, and personally set up, run, and participated in hundreds of DBTs of winemaking variables at my own company and at our customers and investors' facilities (including Beringer, Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Gallo, Kendall-Jackson...), I can confidently tell you that you're wrong. So can anyone with a MW or WCET certification, who must pass DBTs for their qualifications.

Part of your confusion is terminological- "single blind" and "double blind" have a different meaning in the wine world than anywhere else. A "single blind" for wine tasting can certainly be "double blind" in the usual sensory definition of "no one in the room knows which is which." In wine tasting, "single blind" means that the tasters know which wines (or variables in the same wine) are under test but not which wines are in which glass.

Edit: And I would be the last person to claim that expensive wines always taste better to everyone than cheaper wines. In fact, the opposite is often true- I find many of the VERY expensive wines out there (e.g., Super Tuscans, top-shelf Napa Cabernets like Screagle) are bloody awful.
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