Clearly you know far more than me about the audio industry, I've been in telecoms. defence, marine, document scanners etc.davedotco said:I understand exactly.
I often get criticised on here for 'blowing my own trumpet' when I point out some of the companies I have worked for/with and some of the people I have met. I have been involved in the hi-fi/pro-audio business since I worked saturdays in Tottenham Court Rd (for £5 a day!) when I was at university.
This is more than 45 years experience, so when you explain how parts of the industry actually works and get given a hard time by people with zero knowledge on the subject, it becomes a little tedious.
That said, if they want to believe that the modern hi-fi industry is full of enthusiasts working all hours in their labs and listening rooms in order to 'improve' their product for the discerning audiophile, then so be it.
It is curious that we (the English) excel at professions where image is all important. I'm thinking about sports/expensive cars (Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Bentley etc), banking, financial services, and other services, as obvious examples, but I think of hifi as being in that group as well. Whether or not that is the case, I don't know since I don't work in the audio industry. But I do get the impression that there is an awful lot of smoke and mirrors. Your own thoughts on that would be of interest. *smile*