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Yes - a really good interview - refreshingly candid Regards, John
Dear Seth-Perhaps you should send over to Jeff at Tone Audio a Virtue 2.2 or Sensation. Some of my good old audiophile friends are starting to realize just how good the Virtue stuff is. And my friends are of the "Old Guard", with C-J and BAT and Audio Research and Krell. And they're fed up with the Adonis faceplates and 700 percent markups.To Jeff at ToneAudio-Sorry, dude, been there, done that. I was in the high-end retail audio business for over 20 years, working in and managing big stores and small. I've seen it all. Yes, I love ARCs and C-Js and Lamms and IRS-Vs and Apogee Divas and all that I've installed. But Virtue Audio is part of the new frontier- great audiophile for the masses. The reason for the "low" prices (to you, but just correct for normal people) are the extraordinarily short margins taken by Virtue. Times, they are a-changing. High-end as you know it won't exist much longer. Virtue being sourced from China? Better look where your parts are sourced from on your ARC and C-J (American-made tubes in tube amps? Forget about it!), and all those "audiophile" speakers with so-called "European drivers" manufactured in China and India.Sincerely,James Takamatsu
I'm sure Conrad Johnson, Audio Research, Naim or Meridian could shave the budget by taking this route, but they haven't...
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