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Old 09-30-2017, 06:40 PM
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Is it sad??? No... not really. I saw it coming. I'll tell you why.

About a two years before the Sigma Series hit the stands I asked Dave (Nauber) what were the development plans for the company. He would normally divulge a few nuggets of information whenever I would ask such a thing but not at that time. He kept what he knew pretty close to his chest which I thought was a little uncharacteristic given our relationship. Six months before the official unveiling, the new series leaked out. I reached out to him to confirm if the rumors of a lower cost Sigma Series were true and he did. I expressed some reservations of the strategy and I asked him if he had any concerns of cannibalizing the Delta Series. He didn't say. I sold my equipment shortly thereafter... ALL OF IT. (Get where I am going?)

Fast forward another year or so to the ill conceived idea B&W had to sell their business to a home automation company. The first thought I had, literally, was... What does this mean to Classe??? After all, EVA wanted to marry their technology with B&W. Well... wait a minute, that is WHY B&W acquired Classe to begin with! So how was this going to work??? Well it wasn't going to work. I suspected they would just sell the brand off but that didn't pan out so here we are.

So is it sad? YES, its sad that the brand became diluted and I warned him so.

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Old 09-30-2017, 06:52 PM
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I’m sad today. I have been waiting for the new Delta series a long time and now I read that Classé is going out of business. Sad day

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Old 09-30-2017, 07:00 PM
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We've had some disastrous buy outs recently Thiel and Classe. On the plus side CJ sale looks like it has a healthy future.
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:46 PM
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I had a Classe' Model 15. Sounded great, and was built like a tank.

High end audio is a merciless beast, fortunes change in a heartbeat. Doesn't even seem to matter how good or bad the gear actually is.....

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Old 09-30-2017, 08:50 PM
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We've had some disastrous buy outs recently Thiel and Classe. On the plus side CJ sale looks like it has a healthy future.
Think Thiel's fate was sealed when the founder died. Hopefully, CJ will soldier on. Terrific gear and service.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:58 AM
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This is sad to hear. I think it's a great question, as to what B & W will pair their speakers with. McIntosh is such a wonderful pairing with B & W, I hope they go that route.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:43 AM
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In all of their blog posts for the past year or so they showed Rotel electronics and not Classe Audio electronics. Maybe that was a signal.
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:34 AM
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Will guess that of B&W's production will soon move to China, like Rotel.
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:53 AM
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Rotel and B&W are 2 separate companies. Rotel has a business agreement w/B&W to ship their products through the B&W distribution chain. They also share advertising. Rotel makes it's own decisions in terms of product and product development.
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:11 AM
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Will guess that of B&W's production will soon move to China, like Rotel.
All of B&W's manufacturing had already moved to China, except for the production of the 800 series that remains in the UK.
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