Originally Posted by crOwcaine
what the F%$# could possibly take so long to build LS-6/9's? Like once you have a template and all the measurements can't you just start pumping them out? Why does it take so long to get the speakers?
The more they cost, the less they sell. I don't think the demand is all that great. One of the things that means is it's not like they're going to be able to realistically make something like 100 boxes and take advantages of economies of scale. Let's say it costs 123 $2000 to make a complete speaker if he were able to make bunches of them. To make 100, he's got to come up with 0.2 million and I don't think that kind of money is kicking around anymore.
So, it's kind of a one of thing. Each box needs to be made, veneered, sent to Longmont and assembled and that drives up cost. Then you've got the folks who've already prepaid and all that money has been spent a long time ago. In a sense, it's like MLS is making the speakers and paying for the whole thing himself. Not really, but I think you know where I'm coming from. So, that's why you hear stories that first Colombia was going to make them. Then maybe China. Then Lucid. Back to Ruben. Back to Lucid. It's all a stall tactic designed to keep people waiting while he figures out how he's going to tackle this nut.
Anybody reading about these stories and some of the monumental screw ups that have occurred (missing port tube and port flares, cabinet quality issues, cheaping out by using asphalt based material inside instead of something like NoRez, speakers that arrive with the ports hanging out of their holes, etc.) is probably rethinking their decision to spring for an LS6 or LS9. Anyways, that's the way I see it.
Originally Posted by Tack
It takes money to build them. Labor, veneer, lots of drivers, networks....
Most of them were pre-paid anyway so they aren't exactly Priority One, I'm sure.