Originally Posted by stephentrask
Slightly off topic, but I hope people understand that sales tax pays for the roads that one drives to their local Best Buy and on which the UPS truck delivers one's $20 sunglasses. It also pays for public schooling and other aspects of our shared world. As far as internet sales are concerned, set-up of a 5.1 system, for instance, is a fairly detailed process and needs to be accomplished usually by someone with a little more skill and knowledge than your average Geek Squad delivery kid. In my quick listen to the SS 30 system, I noticed that though they sounded great right off, I had to nudge the volume down on the sub and move it about 5 feet to get the best sound in the particular room I was in. There is every indication that across the line these speakers are a tremendous value. It would be quite foolish for GET to introduce a new surround sound system on Amazon and open up a new company to the idiotic review process there, where people deduct stars for things entirely unrelated to the product which they bought. Folks in that kind of mass setting are likely to set up their speakers poorly, not get the sound they were looking for and write a bad review. Introducing this product through dealers makes the most sense for a new company of this size and type.
Stephentrask, the fact that you had to move the speakers about for optimum sound indicates the importance of placement. The only one, true, definitive assessment of the speakers' performance can only be ascertained when placed within the home. Will dealers provide their in-home placement service for free? Do you expect customers to pay extra for this service? The manual provides helpful suggestions. But the consumer will have to inch these about to fine tune them--a time consuming venture that dealers are unlikely to ingage in. I believe you overemphasize the role of the dealer.
Being a retired educator, it is comforting to think of my state tax dollers being spent on education and roads. But how many pennies go in this direction? How many pennies are spent on pork spending initiated by polititions whose self-serving, local ambitions override the needs of the state's citizens. And how many pennies are fradulantly confiscated and misplaced as they trickle down through the various levels of bureaucy?
And you would ban all amazon.com's customer evaluations because of a few unbalanced, irrational, biased, misinformed opinions? If you apply this ALL OR NOTHING thinking to amazon's customer inputs, we would have to ban all opinions because subjectivity can be found at all levels. Might a journalist write a glowing review because the survival of his journal depends upon the advertising dollars offered by the manufacturer? Does the journalist know and like the inventor? We tend to give more positive opinions relative to people we know, admire, and like. What space was the reviewer in when writing his review? Energetic, rested, or a victim of sleep deprivation? Sober? Recovering from a hangover? Starving or fed? If a critic is involved in devorce proceedings, music may not sound so sweet. Objectivity can easily give way to subjectivity for a multitude of reasons. Do all AVS FORUM postings appear objective? If not, shall we ban them all? Amazon critics give reasons for their star ratings, making it easy for the reader to discern the importance, accuracy and depth of the stated opinions. Dismiss the illogical. Entertain the logical, wise, credible, balanced, sane inputs as you would with any set of opinions.
If I pay $3,000.00 for the LCR Triton speakers, what percentage of my dollars support the dealer--his utilities, building rental, property tax, etc.? I'd like to avoid the middleman.
Three years ago these expenditures would not be critical. But we are now living in a period where one out of ten is unemployed. Home foreclosures continue to rise. Spending has decreased. Our operating peramiters must shift with the times. Sandy, are you, like Nancy Palosi totally out of touch with the economic needs of the American public?
Sandy, have mercy upon your customers. We still live in a democratic society, a state of being that is becoming extinct worldwide. It's wonderful to have choices. Please give us an alternative for purchasing your fine product--an alternative that is less costly and more convenient.
In a manner of speaking, this subject does coincide with the "anticipation" theme.
Before I spend $3000.00, I want to weigh as many opinions as possible--journalists, amazon customers, AVS Forum, Audioholics, etc. Let's not ban any opinions because of subjectivity.
After reviewing numerous opinions, I hope the Tritons turn out to be as favored as the early reviews now indicate. I'd like to upgrade. I'm looking to these speakers with great expectations. Time will tell.