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In Reply to: RE: Devialet Expert 200 (A game changer) posted by Robert J on April 01, 2017 at 04:37:04
I would consider a $10k integrated amp with built-in DAC and phono stage to be a decent value these days, if the performance is up to snuff. Not talking world class, but high end. You could still build a good system around it for less than an new economy car. So I would hardly call that a product for the 1%.
Regarding the comment about the computer, I don't get it.
In 2015 the average 'single' personal income was $30,250, according to US Census Bureau Data. You be the judge of 1%.
You need a computer to download data onto the Devialet via an SD Card.
What happens if.....in the future you are without the internet or a computer? Can you take it to your dealer for software upgrades?
Personally, if I was looking for an 'all in one' component, it would be
the Avantgarde Zero 1 HD system.
...households making over $250,000 per year are the top 5% and could easily afford one.
You think if we are without the internet we would still have high end audio stores?
You'd prefer the Avantegarde Zeros at $17,000?
Not to make this an ongoing economic discussion on affordable merchandise, but I did peek at your residence, and if you do live in the SF Bay area, the cost of housing alone would eat up your average household income; leaving it without a budget for even the purchase of streaming content.
Yes, the Avantgarde is expensive, but you would not need anything else.
The Avantgarde Zero 1 XD is a pretty interesting product as well.
I like seeing high end companies adopt fresh engineering approaches that treat audio reproduction more holistically. The old "separates" approach where you fill a rack with 17" wide rectangular boxes that perform one function each, connected by expensive cables and supported on isolation footers, is great for prying cash out of people's pockets in small increments for very little gain.
Regarding individual incomes, the top 1% is $288k or more. The country is full of middle class people who continually lease vehicles just so they can have a new SUV every few years, or buy boats or motorcycles or other toys, put in pools, or renovate their kitchens and bathrooms. There are lots and lots of people who could buy a $20k system including this $10k integrated, if listening to music is important enough to them.
Background Noise for the 1%.
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