The only speakers JBL sells at a discount are refurbs, such as the PT800s, that are currently available. Although the Studio L series has been seen online at fairly large discounts, the question then becomes, are those e-tailers authorized JBL dealers? Most likely not, and how did they manage to get them, if they're not authorized?
Also, those of us at Lansing Heritage site, that have bought the PS line, have paid nowhere near the $1700/ea price. I bought mine from a guy in central CA., via ebay, that had them for so little time, he never opening the boxes!
Years ago the only way JBLs were sold at a discount was if you bought a store's display models, as I did in '79.
As far as you having to go thru a Synthesis dealer, who has no stock on hand, goes back to my last post, imo, they pissed off the small HiFi shops. Maybe because JBL started selling at CC, then Sears, MW, BB. In which case the small independent dealer could, in no way, compete at the prices sold at the big box stores. That is only a guess, on my part.
And as I've said before, the Synthesis dealers don't have any showrooms for auditions, at least none that I've talked to. The local dealer, here in Reno, doesn't even have a store front anymore, works out of his house., or so I gathered by the address given for him on a web site.
As far as not needing B&M, I've seen alot of guys on this forum, trying to decide what speakers to buy, because they have no clue, and are hesitant to buy speakers online, w/o having auditioned them first.
Custom, one of a kind pair, MJC212 mains, mod PT800 center, PT800 surrounds, SUB1500s. Parasound P7, Citation 19, Parasound HCA2205A, HK AVR3600, Marantz TT, Denon disc player, MacBook Pro w/ DragonFly DAC.