When was the world not strange?
He he, you have a point here
awkwardbydesign wrote:Anyway, different priorities, pros need low unit cost, strength, ease of use, etc. I bet a stiff delicate cable that took time to burn in (yes, many passives DO need burn in; try Blackgate caps!)would go straight in the bin.
Here you don't
have a point
Unity cost doesn't matter (much) as long as it has benefits. Think Neumann, Nagra, Cantar, quite a few others (just to stay in the audio realm) and you will have an idea of what I mean. It's not about being cheap, it's all about being good: if your connector is as good as my connector but costs 10 times as much, I'll just keep mine. Where the costly Neutrik RCA is useful is in mobile use, so it gets a market for this case, and the cheaper Neutrik RCA gets the "studio" market since it offers the same quality and convenience (in this context) for much less money. Believe me, any serious pro would gladly use WBT plugs it they had seen them to be beneficial to the sound and/or the reliability, and they have good ears (usually).
As for productivity: granted, it is an essential issue compared to the consumer market, but burning-in doesn't have to be done every morning: just like anything else, like loudspeakers, it is done once for all and pretty much accepted as a necessary evil - as long as it brings good things. Even the tubes in the mic pres take some time to heat up, and yet you see them in studios: why not, as long as they sound good when you need them?
awkwardbydesign wrote:Mind you, some people, like Tim de Paravicini do well in both worlds.
There you lost me. I've never seen that name on anything. Googling the name led me to EAR which only seems to be making high end hifi, but no pro equipment. Any link to give me?