a 'separates' path?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jeff.bart, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. Jeff.bart

    Jeff.bart Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2002
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    0
    With rapid improvement in digital technology and all the new standards, it seems like AVs are becoming more like PCs. Big improvement, lower prices. Now it looks like some well-branded companies are trying steal the thunder of the 'separates' producers, particularly at the lower end of that market. Witness the Pioneer Elite 49, Yammy Z and a few others.

    To the vets here, I am wondering: have the separates producers matched the recent pace of technology development in the AV market and have prices fallen as sharply?

    Maybe the separates market will always remain relatively small. Maybe manufacturers have to charge much more money, owing to the cost of the materials and to the need to generate a higher profit margin to compensate for lower volume.

    But I wonder: could any of these companies try to penetrate the larger buying public with a stellar marketing campaign offering neatly combined packages (preamp, tuner, multichannel amp) at comparable prices with midtier AV receivers ($1000 to $2000 range).

    Granted, there would be some risk involved, and it would require much higher economies of scale. Perhaps it would have to be undertaken by a brand-name manufacturer.

    Or perhaps it's just not realistic, but hasn't anyone actually ever tried?
     
  2. Bill Polley

    Bill Polley Second Unit

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2002
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    0
    Outlaw Audio has done a pretty good job of it.
     
  3. Jeff.bart

    Jeff.bart Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2002
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    0
    Since you mentioned it, Bill, I have seen the Outlaw ad for the upcoming Model 7100 7-100 watt standalone amplifier ($899). I guess if I combined that with the 950 preprocessor-tuner ($899), I'd have me self a $1800 duo of separates sufficient for my current needs and future expandibility. It sounds impressive and worth investigating. I wonder how it would stack up to a topline AV in a similar price range.
     
  4. Martice

    Martice Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2001
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  5. wayne p

    wayne p Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2002
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would agree with Martice. Most buyers of separates are looking for a certain quality level in sound and build that is just not available in mid priced receivers.

    As to constant change, some makers of pre/pros are doing a first rate job in staying at the fore. Anthem is a good example, where the upgrade is available at minimal cost.
     

Share This Page