- Nov 19, 2020
When it comes to dealers, it is not only their bias which leads to a concentration of certain brands. It's often conducted by the distributors and their salesmen: they have to reach the sales target and for that reason make good offers for larger quantities. And if you get addicted to this "drug" you have to put in all your reputation to sell your stock.Add to that what happens when you live in small sparsely populated country , dealer structure local audiophile culture and distributor oligopolies pre selects the whole market to certain brands you can experience in the stores and the few local magazines in your language also have their own weird biases .
It's so bad that certain brands are limited to certain store chains by their distributor who sometimes ins the same .
Luckily i live close to Stockholm . I'f i strolled down to the local dealer (who is part of a monopoly called hifi-klubben) i would end up with Dali or B&W and if i did not know better I would think that's how speakers sounds and pick the least bad out of their collection.
And that's how you start your journey as an audiophile and the endless upgrade cycle , it's a life long chain off suboptimal choices due to all kinds of biases not only your biases , even a good dealer has some biases.
I used to live in another town where the dealer was very partial to audivector speakers and had a lot of them in store . Luckily they where also partial to meridian , that's my current sub optima
I sold hifi equipment as an employee for nearly a decade and I may state, that from what I know, the bias of local hifi dealers is often influenced not by their conviction but by their wallet...