"Steepletone"? Is that a recognised audiophile brand? Fake tubes? Y'know I've a suspicion they could sell a few units, gimmicks can sell, just ask Dr Bose [img]graemlins/silly.gif[/img]
I had a funny experience yesterday... Part of my job involves demo-ing stuff to hi-fi dealers. So I go to a central London dealer. I'm sitting in the demo-room amongst the most outlandish gear I could imagine. Dealer starts wiring-up a turntable to demo the device I have and states: "This is the cheapest mc cartridge we sell, only Ģ1500". I say to him "Do you have any solid-state gear, everything here is valve-based", he replies "Our market prefers valves" and starts to recite cliches associated with valves vs solid-state. I reply "Tim de P has gone on record as stating that he can make valve gear that's just as linear as solid-state, he designs valve-gear for market factors and is equally happy designing in either medium". Dealer replies "Ah yes, our clients have complained that the EAR valve amps sound too clinical...".
I reckon T d P is doing his job too well, when have you heard a trans-coupled valve amp that's "too clinical"?
You can't win in the hi-fi market, you really can't [img]graemlins/silly.gif[/img]