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post #1 of 2 Old 07-07-2014, 01:36 AM - Thread Starter
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At what price would neo become viable for mfg's?

This is a general question, and I am not sure if anyone will want to answer, but is what is the price for neo and other REA's that they become attractive to OEMs and mfgs? Considering the stratification of shipping costs, eventual and inevitable increases in shipping, and the desire for manufacturers to differentiate products, I'm pretty sure someone has done the math, would anyone care to share?

Also, what kind of price stability are mfgs looking at? If neo hits the desired price point, would they want to make sure they can lock in prices with futures contracts, or are they looking at the current offered prices and tracking for a period (3/6/12/24 months for example)?

Mainly curious because some prototypes have been chucked to the dustbins due to the meteoric increase in REA prices over the last few years, some of which looked very promising.


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Neo prices peaked two years ago, and are back down to almost pre-inflation levels. That inflation was totally artificial, caused by the Chinese government. It was a policy that backfired. All they accomplished was to spur the mining and refining of neo outside of China.
Neo drivers are quite common in the pro-sound realm, where the weight savings make them worth the extra expense. You don't see neo used much in consumer sound because weight isn't an issue in speakers that aren't moved on a daily basis. The exception is very small drivers used in portable products, and with those the magnet sizes are so small that the cost of neo isn't a real issue.

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