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which HiFi companies make simple, good value products?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Rockmeister, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Just over Linn bashing again (joking ofc) when I wondered which HiFi companies did NOT:
    Make foo.
    Charge more than was needed, and
    suggest you add on more of their stuff to make your purchase 'better'.

    And did:
    Still make it look decent enough,
    make it sound great, and
    make you feel they will help if there's ever trouble?

    See I was thinking the Linn philosophy is fine for the wealthy...just spend more, who cares?
    But for 'us' wot is less well funded...who do we trust with our cash?

    I mean new, for the sake of this thread. Which company making new HiFi is honest VFM?
    That's the question.

    Your question will be, well what kind of price is reasonable...we are all different, so my answer is, less than £1500 for any one unit of kit, cables excluded.
     
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  2. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    tisbury audio , schiit audio , project audio
     
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  3. JemHayward

    JemHayward pfm Member

    Rega stuff always looks good value to me though I've only ever bought one of their turntables, back in the 80s...
     
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  4. Shadders

    Shadders pfm Member

    Hi,
    Cambridge Audio amplifiers, Audiolab kit - all from experience.
    Perceptibly - NAD, Rotel.
    Regards,
    Shadders.
     
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  5. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    Exposure and NVA, from my own experience.
     
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  6. Ptah

    Ptah pfm Member

    Exposure, NAD, Rega, most Pro-ject.
     
  7. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    Michell?
     
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  8. Stemcor

    Stemcor I should be listening to music

    Rega, Teddy Pardo and NVA (but you knew I would say that).
     
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  9. SteveH

    SteveH pfm Member

    Rega again.
     
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  10. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

    Rega again, Project again, Michell again, ok so I'm a copycat. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Rega too for me. I think KEF, despite the very high end stuff, do superb stuff at the modest end. AudioTechnica seem to be foo free in all things analogue, and Goldring have always been my go to MM cartridge benchmark, making really excellent sounds for not much at all. Otherwise two Japanese makers I always trust on a budget are Denon and Onyko. Both make simple, good music stuff for not much.
     
  12. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    Heed makes some nice, relatively inexpensive great sounding kit. I would probably even add Sonneteer to that as well.
     
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  13. KeithL

    KeithL pfm Member

    Roksan, Creek, Luxman, Audio Technica
     
  14. Caliente

    Caliente pfm Member

    Marantz seem to provide value for money along with reliability and good build quality.

    As already claimed, NAD certainly score high on vfm and sound per pound (or whatever the phrase is).
     
  15. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Quad, ATC, Yamaha...
     
  16. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    Avondale fit the brief .
     
  17. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    90% of the population would think £1500 for a single item of hi fi to be utterly ludicrous extravagance.
     
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  18. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    Rega again.
     
  19. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

    Benz make some cracking carts for sensible money...
     
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  20. raysablade

    raysablade pfm Member

    With a thoughly competent £30 source on offer to everyone it would be churlish not to include Google. Whilst i don't think that " they will help if there's ever trouble?" The R&D and software engineering resources at the whole world's disposal mean that I don't need a personal service.

    Interestingly enough I was at a dealers this morning looking at £170,000 work of Naim Statement in 3 enormous transit cases on the floor. Apparently as part of their service to retailers Naim supply a special tractor to negotiate the stairs on the way to first floor listening rooms. I know its stupid but that little detail placed it on a suitably high plane in my mind to make it lottery win desirable. Whilst clearly doesn't fit the £1500 criteria I'm sure the Statement is better "value" than a cable at 1% of that price. And the OP will be delighted to learn that you don't need to add a power supply or a NAPSC to realise its full potential.;)

    I was at the dealers to weigh up options that included a Chord Cute2. Don't let on, but the engineering beauty of the thing I held on my hand held up very well against the LP12 sitting beside it and had me sold at well above what they were charging before i had even heard it.

    The best value products are things that sit happily with your heart as well as your head at any price. If I won the lottery I could see a
    • CCA
    • 2 Cute
    • Statement

    system making me very happy. If it could be persuaded to play with my beloved 30 year old KEF C10s and the RP3, for a few minutes at least, even better.
     

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