Originally Posted by corndogggy
So my local stereo guy wants $550 to come do a setup for a Denon 3100. He claims $350 of that is a license fee and $200 is their fee. Which, seems to be BS, looks like the license is $150. And, a pro calibration kit is $400. So if I were going to spend $550 for a one time thing, why wouldn't I just buy the $400 kit myself plus a $150 license if needed and do it any time I change anything, or is that even possible?
$150 is HIS cost for the license. Most businesses don't sell their products at their cost. The cost of the kit is more like $500. Unless someone is giving them away (at a loss). And then there's the experience to do it, travel to do it, etc. I see most installers charging for the work then passing the cost to the customer for the license. But it's a matter of semantics if they charge $550 and say $150 is for license, and $400 is for calibration, or if he says $200 was for the license. Bottom line is it's $550. He hurts himself there because a revisit you would expect to pay $200 (instead of $400) for a recalibration with an existing license. But that's his business.
But if you are OK learning how to do it yourself, for ~$650 ($150 lic, ~$500 kit), you can be him, with the kit and one license. Then YOU can give the licenses away to friends (or customers if you prefer)., and charge for calibrations yourself, if you want.
But mostly, for the extra $100 it will cost you vs. his price, you get the ability to play, experiment, fine tune. And at your leisure, taking all the time and measurements you want. Then if you make any change, however minute, you can do it all again for yourself, next time for free. Or change configs and try for a few days, then change back, etc.
And, it's really not hard to do. I've got two in stock, ready and waiting.