R.O.C.K. in the USA: Finding an all-American Record Player in the U-Turn Orbit

U-Turn is a serious manufacturer with excellent service, support, a good website, and a very good reputation. If you call them on the phone, you get live people on the line. When it comes to Hi-Fi, especially when you’re not spending a mint and the reseller isn’t there to hold your hand because of it, support is paramount. Fortunately, U-Turn is a company that stands behind their products. Heck, they even have video tutorials – can you name one other Turntable manufacturer that does? Didn’t think so.

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2016MichaelGJKComment
Manufacturing Smaller Gear, Familiarity, and Being Green

Managing change is a topic that volumes have been written about, and yes, there are examples all around us about what works and what doesn’t. However, the best examples are the ones where other manufacturers, in this case Fiat and Apple, have already spent considerable resources figuring out the hurtles. Hi-Fi needs to learn from market segments that have the resiliency to absorb mistakes, so as to avoid the same costly mistakes that Hi-Fi cannot afford to make.

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2016MichaelGJKComment
The Apple Watch – Harbinger of A Bleak Future?

As a symbol of miniaturization, the Apple Watch is a harbinger of a future that could become quite bleak. Yes, Samsung and a few others had their smartwatches out there first, but they didn’t make a dent in the market and their first attempts flopped, perhaps because the world was waiting on Apple. Now that Apple has jumped into wearables, it has the consumer mind-share to make the wrist-borne interface a standard rather than a niche. With its years of experience in simplicity, convenience and miniaturization, Apple can redefine the endpoint for entertainment.

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Why HiFi Does Not Appeal to Millennials

…And if, like me, you thought millennials were still wasting time on Facebook/Pinterest (where their parents think they are keeping up with them), then you are so last year. If you had to click on these links to find out what these newfangled social media sites were, then you are definitely last decade. Just don't let anyone say you are last millennium, that could be calamitous.

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Several Smaller Audio Systems Are Better Than A Whole-house System

One interesting new trend is to install small in-line water heaters under the kitchen sink and the bathroom tub rather than wasting gallons waiting for the water to warm up. Yes people, being green is to favour specialized, simple, distributed, modular, and quality products over the bloated super-everything systems of the last century. Even millionaires drive Priuses! Don’t agree? Then drop me a note below.

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2012MichaelGJK Comment
the Demise of Outlaw's Model 978 HT Processor

Ultimately, this is a tragedy for a company that has tried to find a niche for itself in a very competitive market, and this time it has seriously miscalculated its abilities. I believe that if Outlaw had adopted more green initiatives a long time ago, they would have reaped the benefits early on and been in a much better position today. Instead, it is now going to struggle to survive and demonstrate where in this industry it can still have an impact. I sincerely hope this is not the end for Outlaw as I have greatly enjoyed their products and service over the years, but this is certainly not a good omen for the future of the company.

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High Prices in High End Audio

As I pointed out in a previous post about pricing, people can expect to pay slightly more for products when they are also ecologically-friendly. This then begs the question of whether hi fi should command much higher prices. Some products certainly are priced extremely high and one has to wonder whether this is justified. Likewise, does being green require such expenditures.

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Are Green Audio Products More Expensive?

So green products offer greater value, safety, and peace-of-mind to the owner and this will cost a bit more up front. This is akin to purchasing an extended warranty on a car or home and rolling that into the purchase price. Undoubtedly non-green products will be less expensive, but that also comes with greater risk and ultimately, that is a choice the consumer has to make.

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