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Topic: Do not buy Brand and Model but rather a specific unit.

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Posted by Romy the Cat on 07-01-2008

All audio components are different, different Brands, different models. However it is VERY frequent in high-end audio that 10 unit of the same brand and the same model yield 10 different sonic results. So do not buy a specific model but rather a result from a specific unit.

There are many reasons why the same models sound differently:

1)  Companies do not care or do not know what they do.

2)  Very low quality control

3)  Some companies, since a product get some reputation, secretly degrade sound and quality of products to pursue economic motivations

4)  Small production companies source parts “production run by production run”. In many instances the past are different or changed run by run

5)  The assembling techniques vary run by run, employee by employee.

6)  Components age with different past while they are used

7)   In some cease is it too costly to tight-control some critical parameters of elements and it “made as is”

There are many other reasons but the key is to remember: it is highly possible that any given model has a unit of better vintage.

Rgs, Romy the Cat

Posted by Paul S on 07-01-2008
How many times have I developed a piece of gear in my system only to hear "the same thing" sound totally different somewhere else?

And how many times have various and sundry "manufacturers" put out a great basic piece of gear only to "supercede" it with junk?

If it is not a plain and obvious fact, it sure appears to be that every once and a while someone just gets +/- lucky, and this probably applies to both manufacturers and consumers, alike.

I admit I actually enjoy watching a currently-"successful" manufacturer use the forum provided by the aclaim/buzz to come out of the closet with a totally ridiculous set of "Guiding Principles" or "Underlying Theories" upon which they have supposedly built their components, or - better yet - their All NEW and Revolutionary line of components.

And you have to love the freaking NAMES they come up with for all their "proprietary solutions" to "problems" they either invented in order to "solve" them, or they simply called attention to and re-labeled as "vital" some very basic electrical or acoustic connundrum that, while important, is really no more important than anything else we are actually dealing with.

Whether the stuff supposedly takes into account EMI or whether it purports to adapt to changing Lunar gravity, it is just plain fun to see how basically Random it really is, at least before it is adopted and adapted by someone with a purpose and good ears.

Keep running it up the flagpole, Boys.  I love it.  Plus, you never know when someone will get lucky.

Paul S

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