Went into a high-end store in Appleton Wisconsin this past weekend. Spoke with the manager and he stated he did not have a Fathom in stock but could get one because JL just released that upper-end JL car audio dealers could order them. However returning home to Atlanta today I got a call from my local JL dealer that I buy my car audio from and he also sells and installs home theater lines as well. However he told me that he just got off the phone with his regional JL sales rep that told him he could not order the Fathom for me and told him to have me call another store on the other side of Atlanta to see about purchasing it. I felt kinda bad for my local guy because he had to give me the phone # of a competing store. That's kinda sad if you ask me. In fact it pissed me off so much I immediately called and ordered a Klipsch RT-12d. Granted, I realize that it's not a Fathom f113 but I can do without that extra 5%(if it's even that) of SQ and saved roughly $1500.00. I love JL audio as that is what totally powers my car. (1) JL 10W7 in JL box, JL 500/1 amp, JL 450/4, JL Evolution ZR-650csi components and JL Evolution XR-650cxi rear stage. However, the difficulty and extreme cost in purchasing the home sub has turned me off. I am sure the Fathom's are a force to be reckoned with but this is JL first attempt at the home market and I would think that they would be a little more competively priced and be a little more attainable, especially for their die-hard car audio consumers that will be the first to line up to buy the Fathom's but I am not going to drive 75 miles in some of America's toughest traffic to buy something I could easily drive down to my local store and purchase if it was available.
I am sure it doesn't mean a hill of beans but this was one sale that was lost due to restrictive marketing/sales practices.