It's no secret that it costs us substantially less to buy the parts than the retail price of the final product. It's just the way that business is done. The only alternative would be to have a one-man "artisan" type of operation and buy directly from him. (Some "modification" outfits work this way.)
But the "artisan" could only build in very, very small batches (at best). There would be no economies of scale. The selling price would probably end up around the same as it is in the current model, where both the manufacturer and the dealer has to make a profit. But this way you have a chance to try out the equipment at a local dealer, and you also have a company that can provide support even after the original designer retires.
It's not a perfect system, but it's the best one we have...
Ayre will be in the Venetian Towers again, on one of the upper floors with just a handful of exhibits per floor. We will have the DX-5 as the only digital source. It will be connected to a 50" Pioneer Elite Kuro for the video, and the audio will be a KX-R / MX-R driving a pair of Vandersteen Model 7's. We will also have a computer playing music through the USB audio input of the DX-5.
For analog we will have the DPS turntable that we import, and it will have the world debut of the new DPS tonearm as well. Should be a fun show!
Happy New Year to all of you, too!