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
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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.
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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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???
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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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.
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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