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The past and the future of Meier-Audio

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by jan meier, May 2, 2011.
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  1. Jan Meier Contributor
    Dear headfellows,
    People who check my website more frequently may have noticed that over the last few months various models became sold-out and have not yet been replaced. This has led to many speculations and questions whether or not I will continue to produce headphone-amplifiers.
    Please be assured. New amplifiers are in the pipeline and sales will certainly continue. The main reason for having such little stock is, that winter sales have been extremely good and that there simply wasn’t any time left for designing new models.
    Nonetheless, the sales-program in future will be a little bit smaller than it used to be. I’ve decided to stop working 60 hrs a week and give quality of life a higher priority. Sales will be reduced (almost 2000 amplifiers last year!) and that only can be done by limiting the number of models sold. For instance HEADSIX/XXS as well as the SWING (after it has been sold-out) will not be replaced. I will concentrate on more innovative designs that use digital volume controls, active balanced ground, crossfeed (except for the STEPDANCE successor) and other upcoming innovations. That’s more fun then producing amplifiers that are more conventional in design and technique. Nonetheless I will continue keeping my prices as affordable as possible. CORDA amplifiers have a tradition of providing fine value-for-money. That will not be changed. (The current poor exchange rate of the Dollar does put a lot of pressure on the Dollar-prices though!).
    It’s not the first time that I had to rethink my business-model. Although it originally wasn’t planned as a real company Meier-Audio has grown from a small hobby into a full-time job. In the beginning only DIY-kits for headphone amplifiers were produced, accompanied by the selling of headphones. The latter was lucrative because at that time the dollar was strong and the headphone prices in Europe relatively low. Soon assembled amplifiers were produced (by hand!) and at a given time selling headphones was dropped to keep the work-load manageable. Sales still continued to grow and a few years later production was given in the hands of an external company. Now I only make the designs, do the quality-control and sell the ready units.
    People may argue, that I should consider hiring people to handle the increasing work. However, this would require serious investments in finances (wages) and infrastructure (office space). The market for headphone amplifiers is in my opinion too limited and too divided between many small one-man companies to take the risks. Sometimes it’s much better to stay small. Makes me sleep much better.
    All yours,
  2. achl354
    looking forward to the new products!
    all the best
  3. sridhar3
    Thanks for the update.
  4. Nuwidol
    Look forward to your new designs!
    Enjoy your new found time too!
    rroseperry likes this.
  5. baka1969 Contributor
    Thanks Jan.
  6. Flipjack
    I have been enjoying the Corda Opera since I signed up at Head-Fi. Thanks for this great product. I'm looking forward to find out what the new Corda products will offer.
  7. khatch
    I look forward to learning about and maybe even sampling some of your new offerings.  I fully applaud and support your decision to limit the size and scope of your business.  I see too may good ideas/companies ruined by a blind pursuit of growth at all costs.  I think you're making a wise choice and I hope you benefit - both in income and quality of life - from your choice.
  8. fluffygdog95
    I will have a Corda Opera on its way to me tomorrow, hopefully! I am anxious to be a member of the Corda family.
    Morgen werde ich ein Opera auf dem Weg zu mein Haus haben! Ich freue mich auf ein Mitglied der Familie geworden.
    Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut. :p
    Cheers/Viel Glück,
  9. mitos
    Hey Jan,
    Wondering if you might contemplate on doing a balanced amp/dac similar to audio-gd? Anyway, I'll be interesting to see what you come up with. As spoiler, do you reckon you could give us an approximate date of when you might release some products? Will be keeping an  eye on a DAC to  pair my concerto :)
  10. pekingduck
    I am glad that you are enjoying life and work at the same time (not many people can, unfortunately...)
    Look forward to your future offerings!!
  11. Skylab Contributor
    Hi Jan,

    My first really good headphone amp was the HA-2 Mk II. I will never forget it. It opened my mind to what was really possible from headphones. I have enjoyed many a Meier Audio product since that time, and continue to enjoy the Stepdance.

    But I also applaud your decision to focus more on quality of life. There is, after all, only so much time we all get. I am certain that you will enjoy the new phase of Meier Audio, and I hope you revel in the new phase of being Jan Meier :wink:

    All the best,

    Argo Duck likes this.
  12. chowyeung
    I am one of the many admirers of Corda's products in Hong Kong. Really look forward to your new products!
    My wallet is ready! [​IMG]
  13. Uncle Erik Contributor
    Dr. Meier, go enjoy life. You deserve it. And maybe we can persuade you to attend a CanJam - I doubt you'd have to buy a drink for yourself. :)

    Keep up the good work and I'll look forward to your new designs.

    And many, many thanks for your continued support of Head-Fi. :)

    Argo Duck likes this.
  14. ClieOS Contributor
    Yep, Dr. Meier, do enjoy life to its fullest. I'll still pick up the next Stepdance whenever it comes out, be there next month or next year.
  15. vcoheda Contributor
    my first real amp was a meier. lasted me for years. thanks Jan. look forward to the new products.
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