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    JBL joins the retro-look electronics bandwagon

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    $3000

    USA ,Mexico , China ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    $3000

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    C'mon man , have a guess. Samsung own the show , they are in Korea. Outsourced to where all the other stuff is made just over the border. Prob made in the same factory as current Tekniks , Yam , etc etc.. It was always so when the Japanese companies got going in the late 60's

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    Quote Originally Posted by macaroonie View Post
    C'mon man , have a guess. Samsung own the show , they are in Korea. Outsourced to where all the other stuff is made just over the border. Prob made in the same factory as current Tekniks , Yam , etc etc.. It was always so when the Japanese companies got going in the late 60's
    couple of years ago, I sold a Marantz 2230 receiver ... buyer was so happy
    "I only buy American gear" .... just nodded ..

    Japanese.

    sometimes the appearance is more important than the sound , tho that JBL amp is not especially attractive.

    want good looking/performing retro styled gear ?? .. try LUXMAN.
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    Interesting (thanks for posting the link), but also uninterested.
    Kind of sad looking vs nostalgic, and Iím not in the licensed-tech powered-streamer demo
    It will probably sell.

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    So...I really like the retro Yamaha stuff. They’re simply building the stuff they used to build, but using the best of modern tech - no shortcuts. Yes, it’s expensive, but it won’t go obsolete, and is simple enough that it will probably last forever.

    I don’t buy this POS. 120w/ch of Class G amplifier with streaming capability for $3k? I’ll buy a Sonos AMP for $599 if that’s what I’m looking for. This thing doesn’t look that pricey, and I see no reason it will sell. If JBL wants to go retro and charge $3k, they need to remake the T Circuit. Whoever designed this probably also designed the Samsung Tabletop speaker of about 7yrs ago, that I think was $600 just because it had a vacuum tube.
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    I share the reserved first-look thinking on this piece but if it can pry some folks away from the bluetooth earbuds to actually investing in some worthy speakers and a chair in their space filled with sound waves, hey, could be a good thing. Maybe invite some friends over for some shared listening? How novel.
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    If I was going that route, I would likely go the Yamaha route myself, but good for Samsung, at least their marketing department is smarter than Harmanís.

    As for Sonos? Try a BlueSound unit. They sound better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SEAWOLF97 View Post
    couple of years ago, I sold a Marantz 2230 receiver ... buyer was so happy "I only buy American gear" .... just nodded ..
    Haha yeah, their American made stuff was pretty limited by the mid 70's. I think only their separates could tout that, I know my 510M and 3600 pre amp sport the made in USA sticker. I'm kind of puzzled that anyone goes for a Marantz receiver. With what I learned I'm convinced it's both better and cheaper to skip that stuff and go straight to their separates. Maybe it's nostalgia? Because of my dad I was trying to get a 2275, but the closest I came locally was a 4300. That was a mistake. From there I went to the 510M and 3600, it was better in every way. More than double the power of 2325 and cheaper too, sleeper Marantz stuff I guess. Not to mention the 510 is essentially what they borrowed to power the 2600 receiver. However, all of that stuff is like 10lbs of potatoes stuffed in a 5lb sack with the 2600 not to mention you'll pay out the wazoo for it.. If you have to have a tuner with that nice blue dial, go with their Model 150 tuner.. Marantz Model 150 Stereophonic Tuner Photo #3041135 - Canuck Audio Mart
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