How D.R.R.T. Offers Real Value (continued)
Truth be told, the techniques we employ in D.R.R.T. are not particularly based on any proprietary knowledge or information, per se. In fact, they are all relatively well-known practices in engineering circles, but due to the large amounts of labor required to implement them, these techniques are usually only seen implemented in apparatus where ultimate performance and reliability are crucial... such as in advanced scientific research, medical and aerospace equipment where failure caries results an extreme loss of time, financial expense and possibly life.
What many consumers do not realize is that it is generally speaking, the effort of electrical engineers to develop superior sounding circuit designs is as much about minimizing manufacturing costs as it is to achieve improved sound quality. You see, regardless of how complex or advanced a given circuit may be, ALL are manufactured using the same automated assembly processes and equipment. From the simplest circuit to the most complex, modern electronic manufacturing is able to produce them all using common, computerized robotic equipment such as Pick & Place Machines Wave-Soldering Machines... among others. As a result, a well set-up assembly line can often produce 100 printed circuit boards or more per hour, complete with all parts soldered in place and ready for testing.
In light of the above, the additional time and cost incurred in producing a "slightly more" advanced and/or complex circuit board is almost irrelevant. In fact, so long as they can be installed with the same automated equipment, even the added cost of utilizing superior or even exotic circuit components is relatively trivial when compared to the cost of any work that requires additional human labor.
Thus we find the never ending quest to develop "superior" sounding circuits as a means by which the company can be and/or remain competitive. Unfortunately though, the "spin-off" of such efforts usually results in only a "slightly" better sounding circuit... and EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT... the opportunity for the company's Marketing Department to take advantage of the new development by offering up advertizing claims of "new & improved" fidelity, etc. Sure, there is almost always a legitimate basis to such claims, but it all comes down to a matter of "degree" because the end audio consumer usually discovers that the sonic gains being offered by the "new" product are not particular dramatic or superior to that of the previous and now "old" and/or "obsolete" product. Far more common and almost universally the "rule" is that any sonic improvements are usually quite subtle - if sometimes even audible at all.
Therefore, in contrast to such demanding applications as outlined earlier, most consumer audio manufacturers have learned that they can still produce a good sounding piece of audio gear without having to employ any more than the absolute minimum of human labor - even though were they to do so they could then implement techniques & treatments that would extract even greater sonic improvements than those offered by their "new & improved" circuit design. Nevertheless, even though any given product may not be fully optimized as a result of such omissions, the manufacturer finds that they can still achieve good sales without resorting to such lengths.
In essence, the approach outlined above pretty much ensures that the manufacturer will always be able to keep the MSRP of a given product as low as possible and thereby maximize their cost competitiveness in the market. That then puts downward pricing pressure on all the rest to where, before it's all said and done, everyone has to follow their lead or risk loosing market share.
The upshot is that all manufacturers become subject to this "least common denominator" effect, so it becomes a mad race to the bottom with respect to product pricing. As a result, they all end up using essentially the same automation-dominated and minimal labor construction methods in order to remain competitive. Generally speaking, that means they can't afford to include the kind of treatments that we use in D.R.R.T. Although they easily could if if they wanted, doing so would likely mean that the manufacturer would be forced to raise prices, and thereby run the risk of reduced competitiveness, and hence, ultimately a loss of market share.
You may not like hearing this, but especially in the more affordable segment of the high-end audio market it's not as much about achieving ultimate performance as we would all like to believe. Seeing that hearing ability is very subjective and varies widely among listeners, achieving absolute ultimate audio fidelity is no guarantee a manufacturer will enjoy a commensurate level of sales if, assuming, their products actually come nigh unto delivering it.
In fact, these days (as most already know) its just as much (if not more) about marketing "hype" and getting good product reviews, etc. than anything else. That said, the manufacturers already know this better than anybody, so they take advantage of that fact in the design and construction of their products. Therefore, since labor is generally the most costly factor in the construction of any product, every effort is made to minimize the need for it to the greatest degree possible. So any form of construction that cannot easily be automated and depends heavily on human labor is "engineered out" of the design as much as possible. Gone with the labor then are those construction methods and techniques that are able to transform a great product into a truly world-class one. Sorry.
Fortunately though, there is now another recourse here at TDSS. The manufacturer's "neglect" leaves open an opportunity for us to pick up where they leave off, and by so doing we are able to offer the devout audio enthusiast a pathway to significantly better performance at very reasonable prices via our upgrades like D.R.R.T. & O/P-AMP. Starting with a product known for delivering excellent performance at a reasonable price, for often less than what many pay for exotic AC Power, Speaker and Interconnect cables they can have a given piece of gear upgraded with our treatments and enjoy a far greater increase in performance than what virtually any cable change or other similar "tweak" could ever provide.
As a result, with a little "help" from TDSS you can now affordably own and experience a level of sound quality that is usually reserved for only the very upper echelons of the high-end market. Hallelujah!