Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Arpangel wrote:I refuse to believe that there is still something worth paying the extra for in regards to the longer established manufacturers products, it's just not true.
You can refuse to believe anything you want: that's entirely down to you...
But I have to take issue with the last part of your statement because it doesn't require belief or faith.... It's very easy to prove through common scientific methods, without any doubt at all, that some -- not all -- Behringer products do not perform technically as well as some of the (more expensive) alternatives.
These specific Behringer products may offer good value for money, and perform entirely adequately for some customers' requirements. I have no argument with any of that. Competition is always a good thing...
But for many customers there is most certainly still something worth paying the extra for, and some manufacturers are delivering higher quality products that perform better. It's measurable, it's audible (in the appropriate environments), and it's still valued by some.
Equally, though, I would agree that there are some companies who are charging higher prices but not delivering higher quality... but that was always the case, and that's why independent reviews from reliable, knowledgable 'experts' are still valuable! :-)
Hugh, I agree completely that there are some things worth paying the extra for, but you have to pay "substantially" more. The run of the mill competition may charge more than someone like Behringer and not deliver any significant improvement.
Reviews are valuable, I'll read them to get a basic idea, but unless it's a complete humdinger, it can be one mans meat etc.
Do you remember some of the reviews in Studio Sound? (silly question!) things like efffects units or synths used to get a two part review, a "technical" review by Hugh Ford, and an operational "user" review by whoever had experience of that particular bit of kit.
But the market is flooded with more stuff than ever now, and standards and expectations have changed. If I were a reviewer I'd get really confused as to what to review.
Given the choice between six different makes of mixer all of a similar price/spec what do you say? and how do you choose? I guess price wins at the end of the day, Behringer seem to win on price, and they push you over the edge by giving you just a bit more than the competition in terms of facilities etc.
But we all know full well it's not going to be an SSL or a Sonosax etc!