It seems that there's a lot of eager folks here waiting to get their hands on an R-10..... or just wanting have a listen. I've seen way too much talk in this thread... Let us all put it this way (just out of my curiosity
This is what Caution said:
Originally Posted by Caution
chances are only 2 or 3 people would actually buy them even on this site :P
ok maybe not 2 or 3, but you get the idea.
And taking in some real-world factors...
Nomad:The Next Sony R-10! - Page 7 - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio
plus the whole "money talk" idea...
If Sony suddenly decides to go for broke and release the MDR-R15 in 2015 (a [made up] totally new and modernized version of R10) that will have a limited production run of 365 (days in a year) with a price tag of $5000; Assuming you're still alive by then will you buy it? Regardless of your financial situation
Just thinking about it gave me shivers... I don't know how to answer it.
OK... "Most likely" [curse-me for saying this]
Think about it though. This is what companies probably ask themselves over and over and OVER again before launching a product, during the manufacturing process, and EVEN before the conception of the product; possibly more
when they're dealing with the high-end! The market is smaller, the expectations are HIGH, and demand is small... Cost of development, manufacturing, and other finances are also to be considered.
What's our goal in this? What's a good price point? Will the costumers enjoy our product? How can we make 'it' better than what has already been done? Why should we invest our time and money for this product? How many of this should we make?Will the costumers buy it? What are the odds of this product failing and succeeding? Is it worth it? What do WE manufacturers gain from doing all this?