Originally Posted by syswei
Audiophile consumer gear is OFTEN overpriced, and imo that includes the Revel Ultima2 line you carry.
It's all relative. The Revels measure better and use a more scientific design than most $100k speaker I've seen and the parts quality (and cost) is just as good or better. But sure, get rid of the fancy cabinet and you could probably build and sell them for $10K.
You can look at Dynaudio, Adam, and others, and find pro speakers priced less than consumer speakers from the same company. I challenge you to find just ONE counter-example, where a company's pro piece of equipment is pricier than a comparable consumer piece.
Here you go - the NHT M-00 retails for $500 (down from $600) and is basically a powered NHT SuperZero ($250/pr
and a 15 year old design) YET it still gets very high marks from musicians and recording engineers compared to other products in that range. But we could sell musicians the much newer, better PSB Alpha B1 and a Sherbourn amp for the same price and do even better for them. The local pro acoustics/studio guru here specifically recommends the Alpha and NHT SuperOne (and later iterations) over all the powered pro monitors for budget recording/mixdown purposes.
I'm not talking about audiophile lunacy here, I'm talking about what happens when you compare pro audio speakers to highly regarded speakers in the $250-$5000/pr
OTOH, if I were doing what Peter does - jamming speakers in corners and/or a few inches off the floor, I would probably do some of the better pro active speakers that have the more directed dispersion and sound contours for those kind of positions and then add Audyssey processing. But we do the free-standing speaker thing and so the accuracy of these speakers works plenty well without contours, controlled dispersion or extra processing (from Soundstage) -