I'm also a member of their forum and have kept up with the news on this product. The images posted are no longer accurate, as they were very old concepts done back in 2006. Mark has mentioned the current design will be a rectangular enclosure made of extruded aluminum.
The problem with this and the other x electronics products is, while they promise to be groundbreaking, they've been delayed so many times and gone through so many design restarts that people have lost interest somewhat. I waited for more than a year for X-Head and finally decided to give Dusty at Channel Islands my business because I really needed a decent headphone amp. I'm still waiting for their integrated stereo amp though, the x-empower.
They're a fantastic company, and while stricken with delays due to growing pains their company is going though, they really deliver when the product is finally out. It's definitely not vaporware.
Originally Posted by warpdriver /img/forum/go_quote.gif The whole idea of preordering a product unseen turns me off big time...
AV123 has stopped taking pre-orders on products now. Things where getting ugly on that front because of the delays so they rightly pulled the plug on it. Of course they never actually charge anybody until the item ships so it's not like it's a big risk to pre-order something like this.
Originally Posted by canadaguy /img/forum/go_quote.gif tfarney,
av123 has a very long history in the audiophile community and almost all their products compete with components typically selling for much higher prices
they do this by producing/selling high volume ID from their factories in China and Columbia with designs originating in the US
this is not a new company and you can find plenty about them on the net, including pro reviews from reputable publications
they also employ some top engineers, their latest subwoofer design for example (MFW 15) was created by Mark Seaton(legend in the bass community and apprentice of near demi God Tom Danley), retails for $599 and competes with $3000 + subs
I'm obviously a fan of their products and won't pretend otherwise
their website boards are no more/less biased than any other company, I would suggest those looking for some impartial info check out AVSforums and/or some of the pro reviews
as far as price, again, think volume the likes of which most headphone companies never see
That's great to know. I'll bookmark their page and keep an eye on this product. I didn't mean to say they were less than reputable, just that I was personally skeptical, because I didn't know them.
Originally Posted by buzzy /img/forum/go_quote.gif <snip></snip>
Or, maybe the first 100 people just vomited on the keyboard at the "giant slayer" title and had to spend some time cleaning the chunks out from between the keys.