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Old 18th November 2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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For discussion: why do some products seem to sell for years, sometimes decades, with few or no internal changes? Of course, the simple economics answer is "Because there is still demand, so manufacturers find it profitable to sell such items." I still find it remarkable, especially in markets where (in certain cases) technology moves at a fast pace.


: Google has recently taken away the ability to sort results by date! This seems odd, and will have the effect of making my half-assed investigations even more imprecise Instead I've used diyaudio search results to guesstimate year of origin. Edit: well no I didn't; I'm too lazy to even do that.


Please nominate audio items that may fit this criteria. Four items I've actually owned or used, that IMO fit the criteria are:


Yorkville Unity U15 speakers: 2008-present (11 years)


Behringer DEQ2496: 2004-present (14 years)


Volkswagen Beatle (1938-2003; 65 years!): I cite this as an example, even though clearly the Bug changed enormously during its lifespan. I include this in the list because mine had an AM radio, technically making it an audio good



and finally, the much-loathed Bose 901 (1968-2016?); this is not a fair comparison. The 901 went through six revisions. It was arguably two different speakers (sealed, ported), still half a century is a long product run, even for a low-tech item. Yes, I know that Klipsch and probably others still make "heritage" speakers, some dating to 1940s (?).



I'm sure there are many more possible examples. I think there is (was) a TI or HP calculator that sells (sold) for a few decades, it was so popular.


Particularly with high-tech items (with ltos of micro electronics inside), 14 years or even ten is remarkable life span. I'm not claiming that (for example) the DEQ2496 is the ultimate in studio gear, nor (God forbid!) the Bose 901 was the ultimate speaker. But the fact remains that some items sold, or still sell, for such long periods indicates that lots of people thought (think) the item is a good value.
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Old 18th November 2019, 03:24 PM   #2
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Well, you answered your own question.

Once you get into microphones, some have enjoyed very long lives. Shure SM57/58s come to mind, but there are plenty of others.

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BBC LS3/5a. Of course no two pairs were quite the same
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Old 18th November 2019, 04:33 PM   #6
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The new Quad II Classic is a faithful reproduction of the original.
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The original Dynaco Stereo 70, sold from 1959 to 1977.
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Klipschorn. 1947-present day!
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Klipschorn. 1947-present day!
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Old 18th November 2019, 05:41 PM   #10
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You seemed to discount it, but I believe it has been in continuous production all that time.
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