Originally Posted by cybrsage
Wait, it is OK that Paradigm sells an overpriced and underperforming sub since they sell it through a dealer and bad that Axiom does the same since they are direct sales? Wow, talk about an anti-Axiom bias! Bad is bad, regardless of how it is sold, don't kid yourselves.
No its not OK. Which is why I've never recommended B&M subwoofers and why I won't recommend Axiom subwoofers either. Internet Direct is a method that was started to give you a factory direct discount, by cutting out the middleman profits (ie Distributors, Retailer). By cutting those out you can offer a $2k B&M subwoofer for $850 as an example. Axiom on the other hand uses this ID method to exact even more profit from each product by actually charging B&M prices, with out any of the over head that B&M brands have.
Which is why we see something like the EP175 which is comparable to a Polk and EMP $175 subwoofer but priced at $600. Its why we see the Axiom EP400 8" $1200 in basic vinyl costing more than a SVS SB12 NSD $679 in piano gloss.
HSU, SVS, Rythmik, Power Sound all have similar performing subwoofer around the same prices give or take $100. Axiom on the other hand is double or more for a compariable subwoofer. When you start to see 2 or 3 for 1 pricing, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see they suck value wise.
I would put a EP600 on my short list of new possible subwoofers if it was $1000 less but no way will I pay $1900 for a subwoofer that gets handily outperformed by the $700 competition (and with nicer finishes too)