With the launch of the NAD D 3020 (named as such just to ride on the - undeserved - hysteria surrounding the original, I was wondering how many of you out there can think of hifi components that really don't deserve the mythical status they have inherited over the years.
To get the ball rolling:
NAD 3020 - it was in effect a copy of a American designed Marantz model. The 3020 succeeded because it was cheaper and more widely available.
Pioneer A-400 - Some proclaiming it to be the best amp below £1000 (it retailed at £230), and was recommended for use with very expensive sources. The only reason it worked better with higher end sources was due to it's lack of musicality and timing being masked by a feeding musically involving source to overcome the deficeit. Plus it couldn't drive larger speakers properly in the lower frequencies.
Marantz CD63 KI Signature - Undeniably great laser mech, but the rest of it is just a lightly upgraded components in a budget design. An original Rega Planet wipes the floor with it. (Not that I'd recommend buying any CD player over 10 years old though, laser spares of the original spec are near non existent)
ANY LS3/5a BBC speaker - They are NOT neutral. The original design was intended for monitoring purposes (i.e balanced to accentuate certain frequencies to pick out deficiencies in hearing sensitive areas) when being used in the back of BBC outside broadcast vehicles (let's call them vans!). In a domestic environment they are a warm and pleasant speaker. nothing more.
Any Garrard turntable - Noisy rumble machines from hell. The amount of money spent on them to counteract their huge flaws is truely sick!
Technics SP10 - Like the Garrards, it was nothing special. Christ the amount of modifications people do to them (and sticking SME Series V arms on them!) and the expenditure involved to get them at that (surpassable) performance level, should be an indication they are not that great!
SME 3009 - susceptable to bearing chatter, budget headshell mounting arrangement, shite wiring. And they sell on ebay for how much!!!??
I could go on but I've probably enraged a whole army of loyalists, and besides my tea is going cold and those digestives won't dunk themselves.