Originally Posted by MLKstudios
On a side note, I agree with many comments I've read here and at the Heritage forum that JBL is doing an awful job getting these incredible speakers under people's noses. Unless you actually know what you want and are willing to search out a dealer (and willing to pay full MSRP) you don't know they exist.
I think Harman pissed off many HiFi stores over the last couple of decades. I know that is the case with a local HT shop that used to sell Infinity speakers. The owner told me he would never deal with Harman again. What the exact reasons were, I don't know.
And then there is the case that Filecat 13 had. He lives in SoCa, where the PS are made and he couldn't get a local Synthesis dealer to sell him a 5.2 PS system. The dealer told him he couldn't be bothered for only a $10k system.
So Filecat had to search the net until he found a dealer that would sell him a system, go figure.
I wrote an email to Harman about the trouble I had finding a dealer etc., and they replied with "Our Synthesis products are our premier Home Entertainment System products. Quite a bit goes into the setup and installation of these systems and we only sell the systems with professional installation." Which was total BS as mine were dropped off (by a friendly guy) at the curb. IMHO someone (or some group) in JBL marketing and distribution needs to be fired (or at least made to "see the light of day").
There is a big difference between buying a couple, or 3 speakers and setting them up where you think they're good, and having an entire HT system installed. I mean 7 channels, of speakers and all the electronics that go with it and have it all dialed in to its best possible sound.
I built my own room, be it a LR used as HT and I think it sounds damn good.
I'm sure it could be better if it were dialed in properly. But being I've got thick carpet, well padded fabric chairs, not leather, minimal windows, w/thick drapes the need for accoustic treatment would be minimal.
Plus I've played around with various sub locations, as well as the number of subs.
Its all time consumming.
And the people with the big bucks to spend would rather have a pro come in, set up the entire thing and be done with it.