Originally Posted by zoetmb
That's all well and good, but IMO, if you change the design of a product, it should be given a new product name or number so that there is no confusion.
But the Intimus line has an established reputation, and the 4 series, especially at the lower pricing, appeals to many potential buyers because of the small footprint. So why not use that well established/well reviewed name to market the revised Intimus product? And that's really what it is, a revised version of an existing product, not something new altogether.
While I don't necessarily like that they're playing on the reputation/reviews of the original, better built version, and not this (IMO) lesser quality version (regardless of whether sound is almost the same, build quality isn't)...
...The average buyer likely won't notice, or if they do, won't care, that they lowered cabinet build quality and revoiced to speakers to compensate... since the price has dropped, and according to Aperion (Jason), they've maintained almost the same sound. They might wish the Intimus speakers still had the nice veneer or gloss finish, but the price drop is likely to speak louder to those potential buyers than anything else.
It's easy to criticize Aperion with this move, but they're a business and need to make profits... so it's just the way they chose to handle the increased costs. Again, as the consumer, you either pay more for equivalent product these days, or pay the same (or in this case a little less) for a lesser product. While it may steer buyers like you or I away... I don't think it's going to hurt their sales much, since they were able to lower the prices... and for the average buyer, that's a much bigger bonus than thicker/heavier cabinets...