Originally Posted by Ivabign
There are still folks who are "mid-stream" so to speak, like me - who have CIEMs in manufacturing. All I can do is report on what they sound like and how they are screwed together. It is true that UE managed to move on after Jerry Harvey - and actually blossomed. Maybe Heir has that ability - only time will tell.
One thing that I must have read ten times or so, but never let sink in - in some of their "news" and "review" sections, they go on to say they have made "Hundreds of thousands" of these IEMs for customers in the last 17 months - even if it is only 100,000, that is a lot of headphones to be manufacturing each month. That's almost 6,000 each month.
If that is actually the case (I believe it is hyperbole - or they are including the odds and ends that Micro-DSP manufactures) - we here at Head-Fi are a pretty small sampling of their customer base.
Yep, I thought "hundreds of thousands" seemed pretty high.
100,000 units * lets say average price $400 = >=$40 million revenue per year. This is assuming the low end estimate of 100 thousand units (your post makes it seems they are selling substantially more than this).
The wizard mentions it takes approximately 4 hours of hard labour per iem. 100 000 * 4 = 400 000 hours. Let's not forget folks, the wizard claims a lot of blood into these iems and have gone through a ton of cuts. Band aid and medical time for each bruise, cut, tear of blood must add about 5 minutes of delay per each iem on average. 100 000 * (5/60)=1666 hours.
Total hours = 401 666 hours.
There's like 3 employees making the iems before the wizard left (or so they say)?
401 666/3=133 888 hours per each iem making employee.
Total amount of hours per year is 8765 hours.
Unless the 3 iem makers are gods, I doubt that number is possible. Especially since theres 1666 hours wasted due to blood, cuts, bruises, etc.