First, I feel bad for anyone who got ripped off by Elemental Designs and any other ID company that has gone down during this economy. This may be another reason to lament the demise of B&M stores. Even if your dealing with a local audio shop that has gone out of business, warranties could still be honored by other dealers that handle the same retail product built by an old, established manufacturer.
I know the popularity of ID products here at AVS, and for the most part, deservedly so. There are ID manufacturers of excellent performing products at great prices that offer high value. But we have to remember these are young companies and even with the ID business model, their markets are still limited. For example, just how many folks are out there looking for a superior performing subwoofer in comparison to the amount of ID companies offering them? We should all be careful moving foward and at least be aware that when making that great ID purchase, we run the risk of getting burned on warranty issues and in some cases, no product at all. Good luck to all.
Marantz PM15S2 LE, Oppo BDP-103, Simaudio Moon 100D DAC
VPI Traveler V2 with an Ortofon Rondo Blue and Simaudio Moon 110LP, Technics SL-1400 with an Audio Technica AT-14sa and Pro-ject Phono Box S
Dynaudio Focus 260's, Rel T-1 and a Panasonic TC-P54S1.