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Naim 5% increase

Discussion in 'audio' started by Robert M, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. Robert M

    Robert M pfm Member

  2. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Keeps the second hand value high though :)
  3. Robert M

    Robert M pfm Member

    Strange business model.

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Not at all, for good or bad, this is the standard for this sector of the market, many other audio manufacturers are doing similar.
  5. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Couldn't care less.
  6. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

    Please explain why and what your business model would be?
  7. Clay B

    Clay B pfm Member


    Maybe standard in Britain but I can’t recall anything similar here in the U.S other than Naim. Inflation has been historically low throughout the developed world so hard to use that as a justification as might have been the case in the past. Would be fascinated to see their a sales figures by product here in the U.S. and very surprised if they sell many of the Classic preamps and amps. I suspect they’ve priced themselves out of that market. Lower end integrated amps and Uniti’s being what I’m guessing sells, at least, so far. Before he retired, my best friend owned a audio store here in Southern California and sold Naim. My Naim purchases were among the very few (only?) Classic amp/preamp/phono/CD/power supply combos he sold. Three years on they still have an unsold 202/200 demo.
    Old Shatterhand, Snufkin and Torris12 like this.
  8. ryder

    ryder pfm Member

  9. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Presumably, prices charged overseas are more dependent upon currency exchanges, but I notice that whereas Naim used to increase prices in April, it's now February. Any price hike includes an increased VAT element, compounding things as always. Economics will show whether their sales will reflect such an above inflation rise.
  10. Richard Lines

    Richard Lines pfm Member

    Good Morning All,

    That just added £2,000 give or take to my insurance value for the system.........


  11. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Glad I now have unlimited (except per item) cover with J.L. Used to have to itemise everything a decade or more ago and update it. P.i.t.a.
  12. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    I guess you lose all the customers with smaller wallets , this could be their business model.

    Should I buy some Naim instead of investing in stocks and shares ?
  13. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    So come on, stop being a smart arse and tell us all, in detail, where Naim are going wrong and what they should be doing.

    I should have known with the fact we hadn't had a Naim bashing thread on here for a week or two that we would be suitably rewarded soon enough and voila... here we are!
  14. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

    Already asked him, interested in his reply :D
  15. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    As a British based company, I'm glad naim seem to be making their model work. A shame they no longer manufacture their range of main hifi speakers - I thought they would have maintained and built on it following the Focal merge.

    NAC A5 is now £35/m! That is a minimum of £245 plus plugs/soldering for a minimum of naim recommended 2x 3.5 metre lengths.
  16. gints

    gints pfm Member

    I like price 64.999
    What logic is behind that?
  17. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Chances are that you'd face the music at some stage regardless.
  18. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Eeee and they were such good value for money before this.... Humour arf arf:D
  19. Rosie

    Rosie pfm Member

    I've just run that through a calculator , it is £245 plus plugs ! thats nuts
    Stuart Frazer likes this.
  20. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    The audio segment of the electronics industry is fine, the specialist 'hi-fi' audio industry effectively died some years ago, with what remains in resuscitation about to receive the last rights. There are one or 2 companies out there with appeal (Rega.....can't think of another at the moment!) but not enough to be called an industry any more.
    With mainstream appeal now gone, those remaining players will be forced to drive up prices, which of course contracts their market appeal even further.

    So you can't blame them.

    You can order an Amazon Echo or similar smart 'speaker for £90, have it delivered next day and most people will be amazed at the sound. They don't want boxes anymore, and such are the economies of scale for a company like Amazon that specialist manufacturers are simply not in the game - they have to go way, way up market, and the results aren't always better.

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