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Very interesting link about Linn.  No indication they manufacture any of the electronic components in their equipment, but they do assemble the circuit boards.  Guess it depends what you call manufacture.  They way I look at it, they make the box, assemble the circuit boards from third party components  and put the lot together.  In terms of part count, perhaps less than 10% is made in house.

No electronic manufacturer makes their own semi conductors, capacitors, transformers, inductors, PCB's etc that would not make economic sense. They do however have components made to their specifications by companies which do manufacture these components, after all these companies have the expertise. Your outlook is very skewed, you can't devalue what companies like Naim, Linn and Arcam do with your simplistic outlook. Its not just a case of making a pretty box and plonking the components in it.

Sigh, of course small volume HiFi manufacturers don't make their own components.  I was responding to an earlier post that assured me that 'Linn make 99% of their components' I was trying to point out the absurdity in that claim.

I would also agree that the art is how you put the compents together, and clearly Linn do that very well. No intent to devalue. Suggest you read further up the thread.

 

 

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andyjm, just wondering, have you ever been to the Naim factory in Salisbury? I think the people who work there would consider themselves part of something more than just a 'brand name'. Huge amount of engineering expertise, and it's where they do all the R&D as well as the manufacturing.

Andy,

I think you misunderstand my use of 'brand'.  I am sure engineers at Landrover and Jaguar regard themselves as more than just a brand name, even though they are owned by a Indian steel concern, are not separate companies in their own right and are in fact brand names.

Naim is no different, I am sure very smart and dedicated engineers in Salisbury (I live down the road, would love to pop in one day - if they will have me..) but it is owned by Focal, is a French company and is a brand of Focal and Co.

What's the problem with that? 

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It becomes a "race to the bottom" if you take on the giant "VFM companies" at their own game......this is because it then all becomes about price. Unless the smaller company can give added value in other areas (improved SQ, better customer service, nicer aesthetics etc), and differentiate themselves by offering something unique, they can easily get swallowed up.

One thing I would like to say is that the companies that some people here are classing as 'big', may be big when the company is looked at as a whole, but their electronics division may actually be as small or even smaller than some British manufacturers. 

Regarding the 'race to the bottom' statement, it is somewhat valid. Take budget AV receivers. They represent silly value for money nowadays because they do almost everything anyone could ever hope for them to do, and they do this because the manufacturers are trying to outdo each other for what is the busiest sector of the market - the £400/500 AV receiver. I appreciate that technology gets cheaper over a longer period of time, but as they're updated every year, I think much of this technology isn't as cheap as the manufacturers would like. Stick all these features into a £500 product, and your budget for quality amplification (all seven channels don't forget) is heavily reduced. You also have to take into account the amount of licenses that have to be paid for. One of those licenses is room EQ. Yamaha produce their own in house, whereas other manufacturers will use an external specialist company (Audyssey for example). You have to weigh up whether the extra cost of the specialist external company has any benefit over Yamaha's own, and lets not forget, Yamaha know a thing or two about room acoustics. 

I said it years ago, and I'll say it again. AV receivers should get back to basics. Get rid of all the superfluous rubbish masquerading as 'added features' including the pointless connectivity, and bring back high quality amplification. The problem is, AV receiver manufacturers update their products year in year out, adding rubbish, retaining pointless rubbish, and missing vital and important features/connectivity. 

How much 'added value' can a manufacturer add in the sub £500 market?

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My guess is that if Cyrus and Naim want to target Marantz they can easily do so. Naim's entry-level amp costs 1k, they possibly could launch a 500 quid 6004 competitor if they so wished. Linn is a different kettle of fish - they wouldn't want to and even at their high-end their margins are actually not that big, but reasonable enough to be profitable and stay alive as a private company (as far as I know).

Some manufacturers can quite easily produce competitive products at the price points that they already do, but to produce a budget product and to make it as competitive can be impossible. With some of the processes that Naim use, there is no way they could produce a £500 hi-fi amplifier nowadays. Which is a shame, as I used to love the Nait 2.

I did put forward to them that they should produce a current style Nait in a half width box as a 40th anniversary product. Didn't happen Sad

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andyjm wrote:

Andy Clough wrote:

andyjm, just wondering, have you ever been to the Naim factory in Salisbury? I think the people who work there would consider themselves part of something more than just a 'brand name'. Huge amount of engineering expertise, and it's where they do all the R&D as well as the manufacturing.

Andy,

I think you misunderstand my use of 'brand'.  I am sure engineers at Landrover and Jaguar regard themselves as more than just a brand name, even though they are owned by a Indian steel concern, are not separate companies in their own right and are in fact brand names.

Naim is no different, I am sure very smart and dedicated engineers in Salisbury (I live down the road, would love to pop in one day - if they will have me..) but it is owned by Focal, is a French company and is a brand of Focal and Co.

What's the problem with that? 

First Tata was the best thing to happen to JLR second Tata are much much more than a steel concern jeeez

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 its also good to to know that these brand names are thriving because the lucrative far east market does value them.

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andyjm wrote:

Andy Clough wrote:

andyjm, just wondering, have you ever been to the Naim factory in Salisbury? I think the people who work there would consider themselves part of something more than just a 'brand name'. Huge amount of engineering expertise, and it's where they do all the R&D as well as the manufacturing.

Andy,

I think you misunderstand my use of 'brand'.  I am sure engineers at Landrover and Jaguar regard themselves as more than just a brand name, even though they are owned by a Indian steel concern, are not separate companies in their own right and are in fact brand names.

Naim is no different, I am sure very smart and dedicated engineers in Salisbury (I live down the road, would love to pop in one day - if they will have me..) but it is owned by Focal, is a French company and is a brand of Focal and Co.

What's the problem with that? 

First Tata was the best thing to happen to JLR second Tata are much much more than a steel concern jeeez

i apologise. Tata is an Indian conglomerate that has a large steel business. Not an Indian steel concern. Though I am lost as to the relavence of this to the thread.?

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andyjm wrote:

andybeau wrote:

andyjm wrote:

Andy Clough wrote:

andyjm, just wondering, have you ever been to the Naim factory in Salisbury? I think the people who work there would consider themselves part of something more than just a 'brand name'. Huge amount of engineering expertise, and it's where they do all the R&D as well as the manufacturing.

Andy,

I think you misunderstand my use of 'brand'.  I am sure engineers at Landrover and Jaguar regard themselves as more than just a brand name, even though they are owned by a Indian steel concern, are not separate companies in their own right and are in fact brand names.

Naim is no different, I am sure very smart and dedicated engineers in Salisbury (I live down the road, would love to pop in one day - if they will have me..) but it is owned by Focal, is a French company and is a brand of Focal and Co.

What's the problem with that? 

First Tata was the best thing to happen to JLR second Tata are much much more than a steel concern jeeez

i apologise. Tata is an Indian conglomerate that has a large steel business. Not an Indian steel concern. Though I am lost as to the relavence of this to the thread.?

Just that 'fact' of yours is wrong what other 'facts' are you stating that are wrong???

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andyjm wrote:

Andy Clough wrote:

andyjm, just wondering, have you ever been to the Naim factory in Salisbury? I think the people who work there would consider themselves part of something more than just a 'brand name'. Huge amount of engineering expertise, and it's where they do all the R&D as well as the manufacturing.

Andy,

I think you misunderstand my use of 'brand'.  I am sure engineers at Landrover and Jaguar regard themselves as more than just a brand name, even though they are owned by a Indian steel concern, are not separate companies in their own right and are in fact brand names.

Naim is no different, I am sure very smart and dedicated engineers in Salisbury (I live down the road, would love to pop in one day - if they will have me..) but it is owned by Focal, is a French company and is a brand of Focal and Co.

What's the problem with that? 

Focal is French company with British shareholders as well. You fail to understand that currently Naim is still independently managed with the same team. To simply call it a 'brand' of Focal is selling it well short.

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andyjm wrote:

Andy Clough wrote:

andyjm, just wondering, have you ever been to the Naim factory in Salisbury? I think the people who work there would consider themselves part of something more than just a 'brand name'. Huge amount of engineering expertise, and it's where they do all the R&D as well as the manufacturing.

Andy,

I think you misunderstand my use of 'brand'.  I am sure engineers at Landrover and Jaguar regard themselves as more than just a brand name, even though they are owned by a Indian steel concern, are not separate companies in their own right and are in fact brand names.

Naim is no different, I am sure very smart and dedicated engineers in Salisbury (I live down the road, would love to pop in one day - if they will have me..) but it is owned by Focal, is a French company and is a brand of Focal and Co.

What's the problem with that? 

Focal is French company with British shareholders as well. You fail to understand that currently Naim is still independently managed with the same team. To simply call it a 'brand' of Focal is selling it well short.

A number of posters bang on about the 'Britishness' of various products with bizarre claims made about how much of the product is made or sourced within the UK.  I have just pointed out that Linn can't possibly make 99% of the components in their products, and that Naim are a French company.  

No more, no less.  Linn still make excellent products, as I am sure do Naim. 

I would also point out that Focal's press announcement following their aquisition of Naim referred to Naim as a 'brand'. I would suggest you take the issue up with them.

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andyjm -as the link I gave shows Linn probably manufactures and sources a lot more componentry inhouse/locally than other manufacturers. Ignore the 99% bit for a change.

A good analogy is an independent car-maker like BMW. Even the German made models source leather from locations far abroad (my country is one of them actually), whereas Linn would not do such a thing apart from the obvious like the basic DAC chips.

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