Does your boutique gear meet FTC spec?
:Lately we have been chagrined by tests of amplifiers, DACs and so in the magazines that still actually test equipment such as HFN/RR and Stereophile. What we notice is:
If the equipment doesn't meet the FTC or FCC rules the manufacturer or importer is not supposed to sell it to consumers or retailers.
At BSOLLC we are approached by equipment manufacturers and importers frequently. If they have a sample we test them in our test department to see if they meet FTC spec or their other published specifications such as jitter, rumble, power bandwidth, rated power and so on depending on the type of unit. If they don't we let the representative know. Sometimes they take the gear away and we never hear from them again.
As a "client first shop" we feel we owe it to you not to sell defective designs or defective implementations of designs.
We have had many units come through the door and fail to meet their specs. No, we do not publish a list of this equipment - we just don't carry it. We cannot in good conscience sell this gear to our clients no matter what the cachet. I do not want to get into the old morass of whether something that measures well might not sound like the songs of the Cherubim - although I chuckle when a box or horn loudspeaker with a rising, extended high frequency response sounds "just like an electrostatic."
One problem is that many manufacturers will not send us a demo/test unit for evaluation like they do the magazines. Sometimes we have to pay up front but make it very clear in writing that we can return it. No wonder there are so few places where people can get honest advice and service! It's not just Amazon and eBAY killing the audio salons!
Remember that clients can request their present equipment, or something you have on loan, to be measured and have a safety inspection by our service department for nominal charge. Armed with that information, you can make a decision about how to proceed.