they are introducing a new model.
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Hey, That's fine with me if they introduce a new model. One doesn't always need to have the newest model, otherwise you would be buying a new car every year. (But I suppose it would be more ideal if we could lease these players though, huh?) But, I think that instead of being upset that MF introduces a new model every year ( which, to me, indicates that they are always seeking to improve their components), one should enjoy listening to the model that he has. And I am certainly enjoying my player.
In my opinion new models every year for a high end company is ridiculus. Technology does not change that much year to year and in my opinion the company is designing in obsolesence. This is especially so if the old model can not be upgraded to the new specs. However, if it is a totally different model such as two channel versus multi-channel then that is a differnt story.
Well, I don't think you can really say that BMW comes out with a new model every year, major re-designs are only every couple of years, at most. In any event, a car is a slightly more complicated piece of machinary than a DAC, so it makes sense that there are subtle improvements and tweaks to be made year to year. Even so, I don't think that BMW would try to tell you that a 2004 is substantially different from a 2003. (Unless it is the year of a major redesign).
I agree with many of the comments already listed. Any audio company with more than 3 levels of a similiar item or any company introducing units which replace units on the market in less than 3 or 4 years is looking to sell product - PERIOD! As far as I am concerned, if the audio product you purchase costs in excess of $6,000.00, it should be marketed with fully upgradeable capability.
I spoke with Signal Path, and they say the transport can usually be repaired for under $200. Worst case, MF will replace the TriVista CDP with a new KW 500 CDP/transport for $900. Yeah, $900 sucks, but you're getting a $5k+ plus player for 9 bills. Not MF's fault - Krell, etc. and everyone else in the same boat, Sony and Philipps quit making transports. Call Signal Path for details. Their service and responses regarding my TriVista 300 have been nothing short of exceptional, great service.