Originally Posted by Saraguie
I don't know anything about the background of the parting.......IMHO it is a good thing. Translucent is emerging as a customer service oriented, international company selling high class completed pieces. Whereas Rhapsodio is more a DYI 'hobby' type entity. That is not to say that the equipment is not any good but its for a different cliental. And its more of a risk to do business with them and the prices (I guess) reflect this.
speculation: It's very likely - same equipment, different parts (new DD, different tuning).
Tralucent has .... 3-5 paying(?) customers including lee
(who raves about 1+2 in every second post ) and Saraguie(?) (same area I think)?
Completed pieces? High class?
Up to the 1+2v2, Tralucent were reselling Rhapsodio's 3 driver wizard model with a 30% mark-up (and an intent to raise that markup
) (while very aggressively co-bundling cables and amps, and preaching how difficult it is to make the IEMs and how they're losing money (yeaaa... tough job being a reseller ). Where the cables are probably made by Rhapsodio too). Now to me that makes Tralucent ethically grey.
Moreover, who's to say Rhapsodio didn't design the original 1+2. (while Tralucent was chest beating about innovation) In which case Tralucent become even more ethically grey to me. Who's to say the 1DD+2BA driver Tralucent resold was the best of the range, not the most profitable to resell? (I guess the retort here is, who's to say Rhapsodio's 3 and 4 BA + DD models are not concepts and exist
Don't know what the new arrangement with 1+2v2 new DD/different tuning+unicorn internal wiring+copper panels is. Maybe Tralucent moved on to another lab down the street
(or next door)? Gavin certainly continues to push on pricing ($1300 lol)
Maybe one was a pilot for the other marketing wise, maybe Rhapsodio decided to cut out the middleman to the west, and
Tralucent scrambled to differentiate with 1+2V2 and is now seeking to distance from them for obvious reasons and hype up 1+2v2.
(or that v2 wasn't forced not out of continous improvement, but because v1 was rhapsodio's design and Tralucent's relationship w them broke down)
end of speculation
you're paying for universals that come from China (what tangible risk difference are you talking about? Does anybody have a track record for reliability or customer service of 1+2v2
? It's a concept IEM for now?). Both seem like new companies and seem relatively risky (reliability, tuning for new models, etc ?).
If Rhapsodio get a product page and some impressions and decent English speaking customer reps (so far they seem legible)...
Plus Rhapsodio have(?) a product range - multibas or multi-ba +DD (which we're yet to hear more about but they said they'll provide more info soon)
Anyway, while it's clear there's history between the two, I'm a lot more curious to see what the Rhapsodio product range is like and they seem a bit less dodgy than Tralucent to meEdited by svyr - 11/29/12 at 2:58pm