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Old 5th November 2002, 05:48 PM   #11
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I congratulate you also for all the attention you get.

I get also rather many hits, 116,5 kHits in 3.5 years but lots of them are only "noise" of no value. I wonder how many people who really look at my site?
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Old 5th November 2002, 06:36 PM   #12
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Is there any correlation between healthy (supposely) high end audio industry and shrinking high end magazine publication? You can count the number of US publication with one hand - read about this info in Stereophile magazine.
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Old 5th November 2002, 07:23 PM   #13
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Congratulations to you and your fine team, Nelson! Here's hoping that they turn into life-long Pass Labs customers!
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Old 5th November 2002, 09:06 PM   #14
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I think high end is more in reach than ever. Many high end companies still make super expensive top of the line equipment but they also take some of that technology and put it in more affordable products. And many times these can get you 75% of the sound for 50% less money. That is the trend. I do not know if an XA 30 is in the works. But, power a side it may sound close to a top of line XA200 when mated to the right speaker. Then there are companies like rotel or music fidelity and others that have learned how to use some high end technology in critical areas and can give some expensive equipment that is not all that a run for the money.
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Old 5th November 2002, 09:17 PM   #15
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Our information indicates that high end (by that I mean high
end two channel) is alive and well, but the retail distribution
channel in the US is in poor shape, having abandoned
two channel for home theater and then discovering that
home theater is more of a commodity business with lower
margins, and having to compete with Bose at the local Price
Club / Sam's Club.

There are still some good 2 channel dealers out there, though,
and maybe more will appear in the absence of the big stores.

Meanwhile the DIY movement appears stronger than ever.

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Old 5th November 2002, 09:18 PM   #16
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And since I can build myself most of his commercial offerings, I don't even blame him for those outrageous prices (42,000 EURO for XA-200)

What's truly outrageous is what is left over for profits - usually that is not nearly what one would hope or expect considering the level of investment and talent involved -

I am completely sincere in my wish for the high end manufacturers as a group to prosper and for the music industry to prosper - If they don't prosper, enthusiasts die out and so do music sources - in the long run we can only do as well as they do

But I really, really do hope that Nelson Pass prospers better than most - he is truly the "One and Only"

Sincerely

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Old 5th November 2002, 09:22 PM   #17
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er, I usually log on to Pass diy about 900,000 times a month
so it may not be as many people as you think

Actually more like once a month. Latest SOZ in the Gallery section with water cooling and switched mode power supply is real cool, man

Speaking of marketing and great gear at a more reasonable price, it is really unfortunate the Volksamps didn't work out.

I'm sure people were constantly encouraging Nelson to try this approach, now he did, but I wonder why it didn't flourish?
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Old 5th November 2002, 09:36 PM   #18
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When Volksamp launched, people just yawned. The
product was not really new, the marketing was non-
existent, and everyone who used to complain about the
original chassis and no faceplate decided we were right the
first time.

That's OK, I made money anyway, just not as much as I like.



Updated versions of the Alephs will be out next year, and
we'll give it another run.
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Old 5th November 2002, 10:02 PM   #19
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If anybody should prosper in the High-end community, Nelson Pass gets my vote.
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I agree with the above, stokessd.

I am glad to have found your homepage on the web again.
Sheldon's Audio Designs
There was a timeperiod I couldn't find your schematics.

You have a banner to Nelson Pass Labs .
Now I think our Nelson should place a link to your site
among his collection.
I think it is only fair.
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Old 5th November 2002, 10:03 PM   #20
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I hope the newer amp (newer Volksamp or newer original Aleph?) has heatsinks pointing up ... not that I want to beat this heat sink issue to death.
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