Originally Posted by justin w.
actually my most successful products are the line of Pico portables, which were without the benefit of a 'known' designer. I make almost nothing on the BHSE and GS-X mk2 and couldn't afford to sell them to dealers. i would much, much rather sell 2 pairs of Sennheiser HD800 than 1 GS-X mk2. Not only would there be more profit, i wouldnt have to do anything! No design work, no dealing with vendors, no building, no skilled employees, and if it breaks, it's Sennheiser's problem! Sales is the place to be! ;)
Makes sense. Flagships probably bring prestige, but are not necessarily the cash cows (like say a Pico, a Modi, ... a FiiO). I also think sales is the place to be, which is why I felt diversification into headphone sales was a good idea. You would obviously know better than I.
I feel it is difficult for flagship, TOTL, reference, summit-fi, and uber-pricy products to make the big bucks. This is why Paradoxper's concerns about Alex having a garage full of Ferraris made little sense to me. And also why Arnaud's "word by mouth" theory did not resonate with me (other of Arnaud's audio theories and discussions made a lot more sense to me though).
IMO it doesn't make sense to talk about value in high-end equipment. Other products like the Creative Sci-Fi, the Sansa Cheap, and the FiiO XYZ lines are probably more value driven.
As far as KG... Well, I do like the BiatcHSE amp (specially your version). I can also say that I liked the sound quality of the LAu + JPS Labs Abyss combo. A LOT.
Furthermore, while I did not like the Abyss looks, I did like the bat cave equipment presentation of the LAu.
Edited by ultrabike - 2/1/14 at 3:00am