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Wilson Watt 3/Puppy 2
JM Lab Utopia
PS Audio (original P300 box).
Best dealer packaging? US!
Based on: Safety the of enclosed item/s AND ease of un packing and re packing.
Worse (factory) packing? Well, that wasn't the topic, but that list is a long one.
I must say that a few years ago I was setting up a pair of Wilson Watt/Puppies for a friend. The packaging for this things blew my mind. I mean, the construction of the crates was better than the construction of many loudspeakers out there.
I also had the great pleasure of setting up a pair of Mark Levinson 33H's after having the great displeasure of having to carry the crates down a flight of stairs. The 33 and 33H are assembled attached to their shipping crates and it was impecable.
I wish I saw this sort of packaging for all of my gear and would be willing to spend the extra money for it. However, most packaging has left a lot to be desired.
Yes, the double box-in-a-box method with foam around component in inner box, foam around inner box in outer-box--this is about the most surefire packaging and I know that Levinson, Cary, and McIntosh all do this. Always arrives in one-piece even if the outer box gets dinged up.
But best packaging is w/o a doubt Jeff Rowland amps--foam on all sides around amp (which itself is in a velvet bag), that inside a hard metal flight case, which itself is surrounded by foam and contained in an outer box. Superb packaging. Bullet proof.
I also like guys that use hard wooden crates like Lamm, again, very hard to get shipping damage in that case (tho not impossible).
Not exactly on topic, but, if you want to ship a piece of gear, certain UPS centers have a machine that makes self expanding styrofoam-like plastic bags. These are then placed into the box (or outer box) where they will swell and conform, wrappping and protecting your unit. These bags end up as a solid hard styrofoam shell. I'm sure other shippers must have this machine, too. Perhaps someone knows the name of this device. Happy Tunes!
SILVERLINE AUDIO (www.silverlineaudio.com) deserves at least an honorary mention for their efficient packaging of floorstanding loudspeakers...
1 outer box
3 inner boxes
4 fitted Styrofoam panels (1 for each side of the speaker)
Heavy plastic over the speaker itself
A fairly simple technique, yet quite effective.
OTHERS to mention...
Clayton Audio (amplifiers)
Joseph Audio (speakers)
KR Enterprise (amplifiers, now KR Audio Electronics)
Merlin Music (speakers, TSM-M specifically)
Voce Divina (speakers)
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Levinson. Box within a box with several inches of foam in between. I've never tried it--but I'll bet it could withstand a 6 foot drop test. Someone put in Cary--At least my Cary was terrible. It was a box inside a box, but with no cushioning and flimsy material. I don't it could servive the 3 inche drop test.