I do not disagree; I myself am extremely cynical when approaching any kind of gear at any price bracket, whether that be low-fi, or summit-fi. I only justify a gear's price with its performance bracket, and whether there are other products out there that equates but is cheaper. Therefore, I really do not prefer buying 'blindly' where I am taking a risk in that I have not heard the product first hand. Further unfortunately for me, I live in Vancouver where there are barely any Head-Fiers with mainstream gear, which is why I am grateful there is a local headphone shop who is also Canada's only Schiit and Audez'e dealer, meaning they have their flagships in stock and ready for demoing.
I understand the risk factor in purchasing products that are extremely highly priced, especially if those products are not mainstream and will be difficult to resell without losing quite a sum of money, and further if there are not many reviews posted yet. However, this still does not call for blaming the company's pricing because that's a whole different animal, and they do not price products according to how 'comfortable' the consumers are with spending their money, nor whether it's 'worth' it to them.
Now, talking about Tralucent specifically, I have faith in them because we are seeing real progress and improvements made to cater to the consumers' thoughts and requests. They have demo tours of this product, implying they are confident it can compete, wow, and sway the consumers, which in turn boosts our confidence and relieves some doubt and the risk factor, since we know there will be many upcoming reviews and comparisons.
Yep, this... Actions speak louder than words. There really is no reason to be skeptical if you are getting to demo the unit free of charge. Pretty much all that is asked is that you be honest in your thoughts and maybe somewhat thorough to help other members here. The proof is in the pudding. My initial thoughts weren't nearly as good as yours though GG lol. It caught me off balance to be honest. I think part of that is due to them being brand new and of course not use to hearing such a sound in an IEM period. But my thoughts are very much in line with what you've said so far. With one thing differing for me though. I'm actually starting to learn towards the gold cable now. Now that's I've spent more time on it and burned it in more. It adds a coloration to the sound that is very pleasing to my ears. The mids are even better with it IMO so I think I've found the cable I'm gonna stick with on them. I'll probably try out my other cable on the 8A. Not sure how that is gonna work though (balancing act) :P.
Edited by lee730 - 12/30/12 at 10:58pm