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DaBomb77766
DaBomb77766
-balks at the 5-star rating for value-
Kunlun
Kunlun
I appreciate the discussion of coherency and anyone who listens to Barbirolli's Mahler 9 has a good ear for music. Good review.
Audiophile1811
Audiophile1811
Great Review. What custom IEMs have you heard so far?
MuppetFace
MuppetFace
I love how people are basically focusing on the five star rating for value while ignoring the rest of the review.
Thank you for discussing coherency and dynamics. So many reviews simply boil down to "bass is like this, treble is like this, mids are like this" and don't discuss any other facet of how something sounds. You seem to have a good ear for this, so I appreciate your sharing. Can't wait to give these a listen myself.
temporaryname
temporaryname
I'm all for good sound, but those are over-priced. Great review, regardless, but I don't agree on the rating for value. IEM's are incredibly cheap to make. I think Harman is trying to take a bite of the high end audio pie.
"The K3003 are indeed not cheap, but I know of no way currently to get equivalent performance in a universal IEM at a lesser price."
Is that because the Bill of Materials is so expensive or because the company charges what they think the consumers will bear?
eke2k6
eke2k6
temporaryname, the cost of R&D is a significant contribution to the cost of any product. Harman is a top company that hires engineers with expensive and hard earned degrees. How much do you think their salary is?
I agree that their profit margin may be large, but until there there is a product that competes with the k3003's performance at a lower price point (crosses fingers for vsonic's GR08), one can't really say anything solid about the price.
kiteki
kiteki
The part about R&D is true, but still, when you compare the price to the equivalent in technology, a camera, motorbike, laptop, TV, PlayStation3...
purrin
purrin
Harmon is a company that bought out many smaller companies who hired engineers with expensive and hard earned degrees. Over time, many of these geniuses have left these sub-divisions of Harmon. They have since been replaced with very good marketing people. I know a few of these ex-Harmon engineers and I believe they fondly refer to Harmon Kardon as Harmon Kardboard. This is just another point of view which is neither right or wrong nor true or false. Not too different from the Star Trek Episode: A Matter of Perspective: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/A_Matter_of_Perspective_%28episode%29
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