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Romy the Cat


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How to waste $25.000.00

It is really amusing how Hi-Fi industry has built immunity against money. These days even a large amount of money one would spend have no benefits.

A few days ago I was talking with an audio guy and he asked me what speakers might he consider if he wiling to spend $25.000.00. I honestly said that I do not know, as I’m not familiar with any reasonably performing speakers that should cost $25.000.00. The $25.000.00 is a lot of money and for that sum a think a person should get something more then a severally compromised sound and the typical pathetic designer's excuse: “it would be too expansive to make it better”. However, what surprised me in my thinking on this subject is not the fact that there is nothing out there that costs $25.000.00 but the fact that even paying twice as much a person would not get any better choices.

If a person on a market for $1K-$2K loudspeaker than there are quiet a few very reasonably performing options. However, when you pay 25x or 50x times more, then what would you get if the 95% of all speakers-candidates deliver less interesting result then a $1K-level loudspeaker.

Ironically, that this situation become a norm in audio industry and the manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and the marketing doodleists keep brewing this situation with your, the listeners, silent agreement

Rgs,
Romy the Cat


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clarkjohnsen
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Re: How to waste $25.000.00
Here's one suggestion, the VMPS RM/X Elixer at (I think) $22K, although for sheer value I would recommend the RM-40 at (I think) $5K. Both speakers have won Best of Show for sound at CES, for whatever that's worth.

Go to http://vmpsaudio.com/ although the site is poorly organized.

Word on the street has it that VMPS is about to unveil a significant new driver technology, so stay tuned.

clark
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David@NY
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Re: How to waste $25.000.00
For 25K I'd use 10-15K to acoustic treat the sound room and rest for the speaker...
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dazzdax
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Romy, I agree that it is not necessary to spend that amount of money to get good sounding speakers. But in the real life situation you'll have to pay for design, quality, manufacturing and of course... good sound. Let's take the Tannoy Westminster Royal HE's. These are very good speakers, although expensive. They could be priced less of course, let's say half of the market price for a new one (which is about $22,000), but they also deliver a combination of sound qualities that is hard to find for less (unfortunately). Another example is the Duevel Jupiter omnidirectional speakers. Of course they are overpriced too, but it is very difficult to get the same sound properties for far less money (again unfortunately). Do you or don't you agree with this?

Chris
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