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post #61 of 406

There's also the Manley Labs Neo Classic 300B which is around the same price. An oft overlooked but very good amp.

post #62 of 406

good points everyone. I have been following the GSX, LG and LF, DNA stratus recently that I totally forgot about all those other amps! BTW, I was not complaining about the price. I feel that Alex should charge whatever he wants. I just thought that maybe I would get a response about parts, etc.

post #63 of 406
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Most of the flagship offerings are usually around the 4-5k price range, so yes it's a bit more expensive (third? most expensive dynamic amp currently in production).

 

"Most" are in the 4 -5K price range?

 

"Most" of the e-stats - not "most" of the dynamics - correct?


Edited by preproman - 4/19/13 at 6:50am
post #64 of 406

Loaded BA, Fully loaded WA5, Rudistor, B-52, EAR HP-4, Bakoon... there's a lot of dynamic products at the 4-5K range.  

 

Whether they or anything else is worth it is of course for the buyer to decide.

post #65 of 406

I understand that there's a few, but not "most".

post #66 of 406

I suppose it depends on what a "flagship" offering is - really it should be a companies best offering.  So are Kia and Audi's best offerings both flagships?  If so, I'd revise en_R's post to read "most totl offerings."  

post #67 of 406
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Mal Valve is $6,500

post #68 of 406

When I checked in with the manufacturer, they quoted me EUR4,250, delivered to the US. This in turn would come out to slightly less than $5,600, but then again one has to wonder about customs.

 

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Mal Valve is $6,500

post #69 of 406

Mal Valve now has dealers in the US and you have to buy from them.  According to the Cnet piece, it is $6500 for the Mal Valve.

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Loaded BA, Fully loaded WA5, Rudistor, B-52, EAR HP-4, Bakoon... there's a lot of dynamic products at the 4-5K range.  

 

Whether they or anything else is worth it is of course for the buyer to decide.

Not many of those get talked about as much on Head-Fi compared to the LAu. It's like Cavalli's headphone amps get more attention, buzz, and possibly sales on here. Of course, those headphone amps have generated buzz on other places online that have people interested in them. The reason I'm interested in the LAu is that it works on many types of headphones (except electrostatic). So the Fostex TH-900 will work on the LAu without problems.

 

Does the Mal Valve work on sensitive headphones like the TH-900?

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Mal Valve now has dealers in the US and you have to buy from them.  According to the Cnet piece, it is $6500 for the Mal Valve.

 

I didn't know the manufacturer would no longer sell direct. My apologies for the outdated information then; it's been some time since I made that inquiry into them.

post #72 of 406
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I feel that Alex should charge whatever he wants. I just thought that maybe I would get a response about parts, etc.

Also interested in knowing the reason for such a high price.

post #73 of 406

The LAu is being talked about so much because its new.  The BA has a long thread, the WA5 has multiples, and the HP-4 was talked about a lot in HF's early years.  

 

I see two main reasons for all the LAu talk right now.  One is that it is solid state but competes with some of the best tube amps out there. The other is its versatility and power output, as the HE-6/LCD-3 crowds are very large and some are quite insistent on wanting a powerful amp to drive their heapdhones. Other considerations are a big plus as well (assuming no degradation in quality), it being a one-box with a smallish footprint opens up a lot of possibilities - less rack space, can fit on a desk at home or work with looks nondescript enough to not make people think you're insane (they'd find other ways to do that.) 

 

Of course, the third thing that is talked about is price, but that will all settle down (or flare up) as more people get to hear the amp at more shows or meets (I think Alex is going to the LA meet in the summer?)

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Also interested in knowing the reason for such a high price.

 

Don't forget about taking into consideration R&D and prototyping costs. On small production runs they most certainly exceed the aggregate cost of parts & labor. After all, let's not forget about the high cost of specialized medication. You might have pennies - if that - per unit in raw materials, but many thousands of dollars to amortize for R&D. Soliris, anyone?

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Don't forget about taking into consideration R&D and prototyping costs. On small production runs they most certainly exceed the aggregate cost of parts & labor. After all, let's not forget about the high cost of specialized medication. You might have pennies - if that - per unit in raw materials, but many thousands of dollars to amortize for R&D. Soliris, anyone?

I'm rather interested in the parts to 'justify' the costs more than anything.

 

Especially considering I'm using the GS-X as the reference for a superb sounding balanced amplifier

and its pricing comparatively to LAu.

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