Originally Posted by Archaea
Comparing retail prices.
1 Velodyne DD18+ = 6K + 600 tax = ~$6,600
4 JTR Captivators wired for 2ohm each = 6K + 2 Behringer EP4000 amps = ~$6,600
DTS 10's are still only about $1200 for the kit if I recall correctly. But if someone considered the JTR Captivator and the DD18+ apples and oranges, then the DTS-10 is not even a fruit --- completely different from a setup and cosmetic perspective!!!!!!
Dude, the OP has been a member of the Forum for 6 years and has nearly 700 posts. He is well aware of Internet Direct shopping and that is not where his interest lies. Some people can afford premium products like Velodyne, Paradigm, Wilson, Theta, Lexicon, Aerial and many other high-end products.
Eventually people will recognize that this particular OP is interested in more than bang for the buck. I feel for the guy as every time he brings up premium B&M products he mostly gets people who want to show him how much more woofage he can get for his money.
We have some members who want and are willing to spend the money for premium products. One of them writes for Stereophile.
Those people are interested in things like the B&W 802 speaker and not speakers from Chase Home Theater.
Those of us who read about your shootout know that you had quite the journey from your Infinity subs, your Jamo subs, your SVS subs, your Yamaha sub and now your pair of Captivators. And, if you think that you got the most bang for the buck, their are those who are into DIY and/or IB who would argue that they can DIY Cap performance for less money. So, it is all relative.
I like ID as much as the next guy, but if the OP has a burning desire for the DD-18+ and can afford it, telling him that ID is cheaper doesn't begin to address his questions.