What Gear Has Disappointed You?

While it's clearly not an absolute fact, we tend to have an expectation that a more expensive product should be better.  Within a given brand it really should be a fact, but because there's a wide range of factors in play when it comes to pricing it's not necessarily true when comparing different brands.  I think that it's fair to say that when we purchase a more expensive product we generally have an expectation that it'll perform better.  In the cases where our experience confirms this belief it can be the result of the product actually being better and/or some expectation bias. In a sense, it doesn't really matter which it is.

With this in mind, have you ever purchased a product expecting it to be superior only find that it was clearly inferior in your experience?



@larsman funny you should mention subs. I've gone with four Velodyne dd18+, and I'm very happy☺


Marantz CD63se player.  Unopened drawer (broken belt and laser head went bad.  Two of them ended up the same issues.

Let's see.....what gear has disappointed me....

Emotiva ERC-4 CD player. Just......no. Returned to sender.

Any of the Schitt DACs I have auditioned or tried. Just not a fan of the sound, feel or look of their products. 

Marantz CD/SACD players. They don't seem to have any kind of signature sound. Meaning, their different models all sound completely different from one another. I can listen to one of their higher end models and it sounds horrible. Then I listen to one that's a few steps below it, and it sounds wonderful. I never could figure how this could be, and in the end, pretty much gave up on trying/caring.





Metaxas Solitaire power Amplifiers

Drove my Infinity Kappa 9's to audio Nirvana -BUT were always breaking down and repaired by cowboys here in Perth .

Liquid Audio had a look at them and refused to work on them.