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post #5161 of 5996
As far as these expensive amps, GS-X and BHSE, it seems he doesn't want to have them in stock, but rather all orders be part of a future batch, so that they are more or less paid for when completed. I can understand the safety in that method for him, but it does mean no one will ever be able to order one and have it delivered in a few days, regardless of the color or options.
post #5162 of 5996
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As far as these expensive amps, GS-X and BHSE, it seems he doesn't want to have them in stock, but rather all orders be part of a future batch, so that they are more or less paid for when completed. I can understand the safety in that method for him, but it does mean no one will ever be able to order one and have it delivered in a few days, regardless of the color or options.

 

I'm sure he is gearing up that way for future deliveries.  

post #5163 of 5996
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..............and I failed to mention, the VTL products are sold through a UK Distributor(Kog Audio)

I'm wondering how much VTL products would be if they could be got directly from VTL, unless of course the distributor do their job for nothing.
post #5164 of 5996
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I'm wondering how much VTL products would be if they could be got directly from VTL, unless of course the distributor do their job for nothing.

Hi Dave

My comment was initially in response to 'Vinyllp33' who made the point about the additional costs involved when selling through a Distributor.(the point was also being made about Justin perhaps running a more 'commercial' set-up- to alleviate waiting times)

The issue being discussed was Justin's pricing/supply policy with the BHSE

I know you've made similar comments in the past,I think  concerning the K-01- that is , the cost retail in the UK verses direct from Price Japan.

Clearly, the product is going to cost more but in return the buyer receives certain safe guards and back-up service.

My VTL Amp is now 'run-in'. Soon, both my HiFi Dealer and a representative from the Distributor will attend my home to 'fine-tune' the system and at the same time demonstrate a number of other products,including power cables ,interconnects grounding and distribution. This has to be paid for somewhere?

'Vinyllp33 suggest that if Justin where to operate a similar system the cost of the BHSE might be as much as $10,00-12,000(a lot more by the time it got to the UK!)

As I previously stated,if that was the case,compared to the VTL S200 (which I fully understand is not a headphone Amp)which would sell (in the US)for about the same money, then it makes you think when you buy a product for $6500 and takes(apparently)over two years to arrive(under the current system)

David

PS Quite what 'Complin' was going on about,I don't know.Perhaps as an IT Consultant, a google search may have provided the answer?

post #5165 of 5996
Hi David,

I hope you're happy with your VTL, and yes it's annoying that the K-01 can be got for at less than half the cost than it is in the UK. This is why when I'm ready to go for a different source ( assuming I do ) I'll be getting in touch with PriceJapan.
post #5166 of 5996
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

As far as these expensive amps, GS-X and BHSE, it seems he doesn't want to have them in stock, but rather all orders be part of a future batch, so that they are more or less paid for when completed. I can understand the safety in that method for him, but it does mean no one will ever be able to order one and have it delivered in a few days, regardless of the color or options.

 there are pros and cons to both. i don't want long lead times, and i also don't want things sitting on the shelf. I also can't continue devoting all of my time to pursuit of aesthetic perfection on just 2 products, so something is going to have to change there. Luckily, Head-Fi has grown enough that it is possible for a manufacturer to be successful with just 2 or 3 products so it is ok for now. The next batch of BHSEs, which I hope to finish much faster than the current ones, is probably going to be the last as critical discontinued Japanese components are very hard to find now. Since it is a "Special Edition" -- originally going to be just 10 amplifiers! -- i will find a nice round number to cap it at.


Edited by justin w. - 5/10/14 at 1:04am

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post #5167 of 5996

Well no!

Now that you have clarified the point you were trying to make its a valid one.

If Justin operated in the same way as VTL then his product would undoubtedly cost considerably more due to all the profit margins involved in the supply chain, marketing, warranty work etc. A friend of mine who owns a hifi emporium told me that often as much as 50% of the retail price of the equipment is eaten up in these costs. Usually you see the US $ price translated directly to UK £, so if it sells for $1000 we end up paying £1000 which at current rates is $1685!  

 

I see the  VTL S200 sells for $10,000 in the US but £11,500 ($19,400 equiv) in the UK

 

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Hi Dave

My comment was initially in response to 'Vinyllp33' who made the point about the additional costs involved when selling through a Distributor.(the point was also being made about Justin perhaps running a more 'commercial' set-up- to alleviate waiting times)

The issue being discussed was Justin's pricing/supply policy with the BHSE

I know you've made similar comments in the past,I think  concerning the K-01- that is , the cost retail in the UK verses direct from Price Japan.

Clearly, the product is going to cost more but in return the buyer receives certain safe guards and back-up service.

My VTL Amp is now 'run-in'. Soon, both my HiFi Dealer and a representative from the Distributor will attend my home to 'fine-tune' the system and at the same time demonstrate a number of other products,including power cables ,interconnects grounding and distribution. This has to be paid for somewhere?

'Vinyllp33 suggest that if Justin where to operate a similar system the cost of the BHSE might be as much as $10,00-12,000(a lot more by the time it got to the UK!)

As I previously stated,if that was the case,compared to the VTL S200 (which I fully understand is not a headphone Amp)which would sell (in the US)for about the same money, then it makes you think when you buy a product for $6500 and takes(apparently)over two years to arrive(under the current system)

David

PS Quite what 'Complin' was going on about,I don't know.Perhaps as an IT Consultant, a google search may have provided the answer?

post #5168 of 5996
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

The next batch of BHSEs, which I hope to finish much faster than the current ones, is probably going to be the last as critical discontinued Japanese components are very hard to find now. Since it is a "Special Edition" -- originally going to be just 10 amplifiers! -- i will find a nice round number to cap it at.

I think you'd still be successful if you decided to build only portable amps and DAC's. You'd also probably end up with a lot less hassle, but that's only IMO.
post #5169 of 5996
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I think you'd still be successful if you decided to build only portable amps and DAC's. You'd also probably end up with a lot less hassle, but that's only IMO.

 

Selfish of you to say, happy BHSE owner you are ;)

post #5170 of 5996
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Agreed 100%. Easily 10 to 12k. Folks should not forget that the way that Justin is making BHSE now is more or less a custom amp. One way to speed up the process is to limit to a black or silver version. Additionally, those who wants a custom color will have a much longer lead time and pay additional cost. This way Justin will be able to keep the black/silver one in stock.

Yes I can see that. My experience with working with small niche valve amplifier manufacturers (on marketing and web design), is they often try to design in modules. So the power supply board is the same on a pre-amp, and also a DAC. And they tend to have upgraded parts in higher models, but the board layout is the same or similar. I guess it can work by clever design and profits of scale.

I can see if Head-Amp have ever increasing success with the BHSE sales, it won't come down in price, but it 'may' become an in stock item with 2 week delivery?
Dunno, but that would be great for both Justin and other manufacturers, and the headphone community.

I see this market is niche, but I also think so many folk are on their computers at home more and more, and they have an opportunity to multi task work or browsing, and listen to music at the same time.
That is what I am doing, so I imagine a lot of others are as well? This in turn opens up a BIG market of high end users who are willing to spend serious money on audiophile phone systems.
This has got be a win win for anyone right?
post #5171 of 5996
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I think you'd still be successful if you decided to build only portable amps and DAC's. You'd also probably end up with a lot less hassle, but that's only IMO.

Selfish of you to say, happy BHSE owner you are wink.gif

Who's the selfish one(s), me that's suggesting Justin had more of a life rather than trying to please others that order the BHSE or GS-Xmk2, or those that after ordering either amp are writing posts moaning about the wait time.
Yes I'm a proud owner of the BHSE that I had to wait 15 months for, and I'd have obviously wanted it sooner, but not once did I write a post complaining about the wait time.
post #5172 of 5996
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Who's the selfish one(s), me that's suggesting Justin had more of a life rather than trying to please others that order the BHSE or GS-Xmk2, or those that after ordering either amp are writing posts moaning about the wait time.
Yes I'm a proud owner of the BHSE that I had to wait 15 months for, and I'd have obviously wanted it sooner, but not once did I write a post complaining about the wait time.

 

More than the wait time whining, I was more referring to the sad and shocking news that high voltage electrostatic amps are a breed on verge of extinction for lack of appropriate sand. You have a BHSE so you're good, but not everyone is in the same boat. Imagining this stuff may become a rarity (it already is honestly, haven't ever seen one in Japan for instance) is kinda sad...

 

On the other hand, there's such a healthy growth in electro-dynamics and especially orthos market, definitely Justin should look in that direction. He already is with the GS-X but point is there's such a large market when you go back to low voltage stuff...

 

arnaud

post #5173 of 5996
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More than the wait time whining, I was more referring to the sad and shocking news that high voltage electrostatic amps are a breed on verge of extinction for lack of appropriate sand. (...)

arnaud

 

Is this applicable to all tubes designs also?

post #5174 of 5996

At last some common sense :popcorn:

 

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Yes I'm a proud owner of the BHSE that I had to wait 15 months for, and I'd have obviously wanted it sooner, but not once did I write a post complaining about the wait time.
post #5175 of 5996
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post


More than the wait time whining, I was more referring to the sad and shocking news that high voltage electrostatic amps are a breed on verge of extinction for lack of appropriate sand. You have a BHSE so you're good, but not everyone is in the same boat. Imagining this stuff may become a rarity (it already is honestly, haven't ever seen one in Japan for instance) is kinda sad...

On the other hand, there's such a healthy growth in electro-dynamics and especially orthos market, definitely Justin should look in that direction. He already is with the GS-X but point is there's such a large market when you go back to low voltage stuff...

arnaud

It's unfortunate that Justin might eventually have to stop building the BHSE, because I think that amp sounds better than the GS-Xmk2, but that's mainly since using PH tubes with my BHSE, ( this is while using the 009's ) however IMO the GS-X is still an amazing amp, so for those that mightn't have the opportunity in ordering the BHSE, might still be very happy with the GS-X.

In me thinking the BHSE sounding better than the GS-X, is while using the 009's with the BHSE, and using LCD-XC's with the GS-Xmk2.
Edited by David1961 - 5/10/14 at 6:39am
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