Levinson's Rosette1 amp...Cutting Edge or Cut Me a Break?

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  1. Chu Gai

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    There are certain names in the high end circle that are spoken with reverence. No, not Emerson or SoundDesign. I'm talking about the designers that some say are responsible for ushering in the modern age of good sounding amplification employing sophisticated advanced designs. It is said they have unique insight and knowledge of electronics beyond those of mass suppliers such as Sony, Denon, Onkyo. For them it is said, cost is no object.
    One such individual is Mark Levinson, who while no candidate for bringing order to the screwed up accounting practices of this country of ours, is still spoken with reverence. Now many of you may own his equipment and please don't take what I say as a personal slap or a negative indictment against anything you own. While I don't own any Levinson products, to me, at the very least, they have a macho coolness factor. There's certainly something to be said for owning an amp that requires one to wear a large leather belt to prevent permanent bodily damage!
    Now Mr. Levinson is presently the President and CEO of Red Rose music that sells various products. People buy them in part due to his reputation and are willing to spend a goodly sum of money for a product that he has a personal affiliation with. To that end consider the following.
    I, as well as a few others, have noticed what appears to be a striking similarity between the following two amps.
    Rosette 1 which retails for approximately $2,000.
    Korsun U2 which is made in China and retails for about $200.
    Are they in fact the same? If they are what do you think about this? Maybe many of the other products that are out there are also being altered ever so slightly and having their prices jacked up.
     
  2. Larry B

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    Chu:

    This issue was raised in a recent post. While I didn't know the answer to your question then, and still don't, I will point out that Levinson (the man) is not the designer of Red Rose products.

    I doubt that helps, but I thought I'd throw it in.

    Larry

    P.S. In fairness, I should also point out that to his credit, Levinson was a key player in establishing the era of truly high-quality audio gear.

    P.P.S. For those who don't already know this, Levinson has not been associated for quite a few years with the company that bears his name.
     
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    Chu:

     
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    I see that the Red Rose site no longer contains information regarding the origins of their products.
     
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    All I know is that Kim Cattrall of "Sex & The City" fame is ML's wife. Lucky dude!!
     
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    Yeah, and they wrote a book together on the joys of the female orgasm. I guess he must have gotten the trumpet treatment, a la American Pie II, from mrs. cattrall a least a couple of times when he was recording his famous red rose sessions [​IMG]
    Just joking. but damn, still a lucky dude.
     
  8. Larry B

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    " All I know is that Kim Cattrall of "Sex & The City" fame is ML's wife. Lucky dude!!"

    Maybe yes, maybe no.
     
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    Companies like Theta and Ayre with their DVD transports start out with a Pioneer DVD player and completely re-work it to make it into their own. Of course they also redesign the case work where as Red Rose isn't. This doesn't necesarily mean much, if the original casing is of good quality. A lot can be done on the inside of a components chasis, just look at all the US modification companies and the work that they do.

    With this being said Red Rose as a company is a mess. They have no direction as to what they are trying to achieve and their goal from three years ago when they started has already morphed so often that it is to the point of being comical. Company started off with motto of making music simple through a few simple stages of products at a suppossed reasonable price. These original products were designed by either Mark or some other well-renowned builders across the states. Now who knows what they are doing.

    The person who originally built and designed all of their speakers, which received good reviews is no longer employed. And I am going to guess the same is true for their amp designs since they are all now sourced from China.
    My local dealer, who was the first Red Rose dealer in the states, is pissed as hell at Red Rose and has since dropped the line. This from a man who once spoke very highly of their designs.

    If music is such a great passion of his then perhaps he should just stick to the production booth. For as Lee stated his recordings are very nice including the remaster he did of Miles Davis' Complete Birth of Cool.
     
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    I think most in the industry agree that Mark Levinson is a better designer than he is a businessman. Of course, the same can be said of one of my favorite speaker designers, Albert Von Schweikert.

    If these guys were smart, they would hire qualified business managers and stay in the lab, where they belong.

    My 2 cents.

    Larry
     
  11. Chu Gai

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    Well sorry to disappoint anyone, but Levinson has stated the Rosette is based on the chinese design but it's supposed to have some sort of 'unknown' modifications. Curiously though he forgot to change the el cheapo RCA's in the back [​IMG]. Indeed I am looking into it and if i can get internal pics of the Rosette you'll find them here. More than a passing similarity though I think [​IMG]
     
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    BTW Larry, I'd be more concerned about his wife given Levinson's poor track record with finances.
    I sure wish I could think of something witty to add to chung's trumpet comment. That cracked me up big time!
     
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    Hey Lee...I'll bet you $1, a la Trading Places, if I'm wrong. You know the guy, right? Ask him. And while you're at it, ask him why he hasn't submitted an amp to soundstage.com so they can open it up and compare the circuitry. Bashing...nope. Simply opening a can and looking to see what kind of worms there are. Might as well ask him the nature of his OEM agreement with the people who make the Korsun in the PRC.
    BTW, I'm looking at obtaining one. My son's got a buddy in the military in Korea and I might be able to wrangle one.
     
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    Mark can be hard to reach sometimes, but I will call Victor Tiscareno this weekend.
    Now who do we trust, Super BQ a 28 year old DIYer on the Internet or a living audio legend?
    [​IMG]
    And so I ask again, what is your source?
    Is there a soundstage story? What other info are you holding back on us?
    Come on Chu...fess up!
     
  17. Chu Gai

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    trust in cash [​IMG]
     
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    Is "trust in cash" your source?

    How do we reach him?
     
  19. Chu Gai

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    hey its a dollar...that's damn sporting of me! But you can't tell me there isn't the most amazing similarity now can you? And if so, it makes one wonder just how many other items are being remarketed with price jacks. Got to admit though, that's mighty impressive components for a 200 buck amp now isn't it? Personally, I think we'll be seeing more of this stuff...Stay tuned for Chu's Tubes [​IMG]
     
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