Originally Posted by Shisnotindahouse
I'm a long time reader and this is my first post.
So, it's alright to buy the MFW by using the AMEX as stated by GraphicGuy?
I'm a little nervous from all the things I read and I am not even sure the goods are really in stock when they said those are once I call to order.
And I thought ID company supposed to strive to a better standard?
I checked Hsu and others and they all seem to be not like av123?
I thought this is a hobby and one shouldn't be worried about ordering on line?
I'm just thinking out loud here so please don't shoot me.
Thanks all for your insight.
LIttle bit of background to catch you up.....reader's digest version.
AV123, and company founder/President, Mark Schifter was one of the first internet direct audio companies. He used to sell other manufacturer's products (like Swan Speakers). He even had a hand in helping to launch current ID companies (i.e. EMOTIVA) by reselling their products.
Then, he became a designer/manufacturer (which he also did with a couple of his earlier companies).
He's been making his own speakers for well over a decade (could be 15 years). Current line up includes the Rocket line, the X-series, LS and ELT525. He's also got a fairly large arsenal of now retired speaker products.
As AV123, Mark (or as he's more commonly know as, MLS) made a reputation as producing some of the best performing, best looking speakers for the amount of money they cost.....available anywhere.
AV123 also gained momentum in the subwoofer category when this comprehensive subwoofer testing ranking came out from Craig Chase (craigsub), owner of Tweak City Audio.http://www.tweakcityaudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11
At the time (I believe it still is) the most comprehensive blind test of subwoofers that are/were popular. It's dominated by ID companies.
Things went well for a very long time....until, MLS ran into sub amp problems that went into his subwoofers which came from China. The first amps in the MFWs (approx 2,000 units) were fine. The 2nd batch had a wildly inordinate amount of failures, starting sometime last Summer/Fall. Things began to go south from there. The MFW was pulled from the market. Which led to a total amp redesign. Those new amps will be hitting the streets sometime in the next 10 days, or so. The new MFW 15s, with the new amps will start to roll out on 6/30.
But, the damage was done. Lots of upset owners who've waited for the new amps to appear (which is only starting now). MLS shut down his forum (which was very active, not only for his products, but AV discussion in general). Add to that, there was a delay in getting their flagship speakers (LSs) out the door (they're shipping now, and have been for a few weeks). On top of that, MLS became very ill towards the end of last year, earlier this year, and things looked like they were in a no recovery zone.
Slowly but surely, MLS began to regain some health. MFW solutions were made. Flagship LS speakers are being delivered. And, we're starting to see evidence that at least parts of the AV123 forum will be open for general posting by those other than AV123 employees.
Again, that's the Reader's Digest version.
Buy what you want, with whom you want, for whatever reason you want. But, you can not beat the performance, the build quality, nor the look of an MFW for $500. Even better, $900 for duals.
That can generally be said of the entire AV123 speaker catalog.