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post #256 of 395
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Why is that SOOO unfortunate?

Do you also dislike brands such as Ferrari, Leica, or Rolex?

That's not a greed game they practice, it's called capitalism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

As long as it's their cash, and not somehow yours being misappropriated, let it be.

If those buyers perceive value at those prices, it's not your job to tell them they are wrong or in some way damaging your own fun. Everyone's wallet is different, and quantifying an item's performance in the context of the asking price is an inexact science. You don't know any better than they do, if it floats their boat, so what?

 

 

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I have to admit that any purchase you make is truly personal. Always remember: One man's trash is another man's treasure :eek: :D

 

 

 

yes it is. But, yet, Iriver Price jumps from simple to double are just ridiculous.... as are tera jumps.....and all the others. If you have the money why not, nothing against it, it's just that doubling a price out of the blue is kind of....well....ah, you know what i mean.....

post #257 of 395
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yes it is. But, yet, Iriver Price jumps from simple to double are just ridiculous.... as are tera jumps.....and all the others. If you have the money why not, nothing against it, it's just that doubling a price out of the blue is kind of....well....ah, you know what i mean.....


Sure that's understandable but it is not that it had no features to show, the AK240 has a boat load of features. Taking the resentment for boosting the price to higher grounds aside, it has an array of features that approaches the offering of the likes of Apple and Sony which makes it a more modern player. Now one thing to keep in mind, iRiver R&D ability is no where near Apple/Sony hence they have to cover their costs and make a profit. If you do not approve of their strategy, no one forces you to buy the player. In a way it is as if there is some jealousy for the ones who can afford the good life. I think you should wish them congratulations for their purchase and move on to other players. I for one liked Jude's AK240 features presentation. I could sense he was very excited about it and so was I. I initially bitched a bit about the price but it was more because I would have like to own one and see how good it was. The shape kind a put me off for a little while but it sounds like you can grow into it, except for the AK480 whiskey bottle. :bigsmile_face:

 

Anyway, I am not sure if they are going to continue their trend with the AK, if they do they will most likely surprise us in many ways, price included.

post #258 of 395
I just read about this player toady in another thread and thought this was a joke since its April 1st. Sadly it is not...

Edit: How do I enter the lottery? I have no interest in owning this, but im sure some sucker on here (with wayyyy too much money) would pay me another $1000 to get my lottery ticket =)
Edited by MCImes - 4/1/14 at 7:59am
post #259 of 395
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Originally Posted by Mython View Post
 

 

 

Ahh, but I'd howl even louder than you, because if the AK480 is a 'real, soon-to-be-released product', it will still be a joke, but instead of being a good joke, it'll be a bad joke.

post #260 of 395
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yes it is. But, yet, Iriver Price jumps from simple to double are just ridiculous.... as are tera jumps.....and all the others. If you have the money why not, nothing against it, it's just that doubling a price out of the blue is kind of....well....ah, you know what i mean.....

 

Tera seems a little different.  He appears to not want to make his players anymore. 

post #261 of 395

is this a joke?

Yes, I have read almost every previous post and yet, is this a joke?

post #262 of 395

DELETE


Edited by Mython - 4/1/14 at 4:09pm
post #263 of 395
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Originally Posted by Mython View Post
 

 

 

1) If it's a joke, then yes, it's a joke.

 

2) If it's not a joke, then yes, it's a joke.

 

 

HTH  :ph34r:

 

Exactly

post #264 of 395

we laughed on 1st of April

AK will laugh all the way to the bank in 2015. :tongue_smile:

post #265 of 395
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Originally Posted by reihead View Post
 

is this a joke?

Yes, I have read almost every previous post and yet, is this a joke?

 

OOOOHH yeah! 

post #266 of 395

Really did want a future proof Hi Rez DAC though!!!!

post #267 of 395

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Edited by Mython - 4/1/14 at 4:09pm
post #268 of 395

I just sold my car for this.  Where do I sign up for this lottery?

post #269 of 395
The thing is it looks less ugly to me than the 240 with its weird asymmetry! Maybe A&K can take a hint from this (hopefully not the misunderstanding that many can actually fall for a 5k dap wink.gif )
post #270 of 395
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Right now it's all about the price wars, more expensive the better (no, just no). The Tera Player set the original benchmark at $1300, then it was $2200, so A&K came out with the 240 at what is it? $2.8k? Now the 480 is out again at $4.9k. Then next year we can expect to see a 960 at $8k, then the AK1920 will be $11-12k. I feel sorry for people who not know what they are buying something that isn't remotely close to what it values at, but hey there money not mine.

And this is why in 2014, I'm still looking at trying to piece together a digital audio solution for work that involves a bargain basement $250 laptop instead of buying something off the shelf. :(

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