Zuzi (is that really your name?)
Well mine is Chris - you find under every post
Well, I get what you mean.
Nevertheless - there is much more to Luxman than that, although it is of course a company that wants to make money.
TdP is really just a short sparkle in Lux´s history, have a read on the net. They go down to 1925 and were and are a really innovative company. So it is more than just 2 people.
Hope, you get my point, one can find happiness everywhere.
My answer about Luxman is based on configuration of classic pp design wich is most used (I think), diference is only in biasing of the valves and consequently produced power.
With Luxman are connecded two persons, one is Tim de Paravicini wich now have EAR and made few highly apriciated amps and preamps among "highenders". Second person is ex employe of Luxman (I forget the name) who now have Air Tight and produce few amps and MC cartridges also in adoration of "highenders".
High end more or les mean high price. For me it is out of reach, for example Air Tight cart cost 5.500 Euro, as is stated on German on off hifi shop. What is most interesting EAR top amp is made of TV use tubes PL519 wich are rejected from "highenders" until Tim de Paravicini used tham.
What I want to say in high end is a lot of vogue and as we say in Croatia "fog selling".