Originally Posted by intamin
Have you considered that speaker manufacturers have to pay for: engineers, facilities, test equipment, r&d, sales people, utilities, hr staff, laborers, machining equipment, accountants, and repairs, just to name a few things? Obviously the cost of just the materials isn't going to sum up to price of one speaker, so you have to build in all the associated costs I just mentioned into the price, and then add in some profit. Scale that back to smaller companies who only sell a couple hundred speakers a year, and you get how the unit cost of the speaker gets so high. You think the engineers at the top companies are getting recruited to come work there on 30k a year salaries? Of course not. To pay for top engineers, you have to charge a lot more per speaker. So while the materials may be considerably less than the msrp of the speaker, you're paying that the company used its expertise to design the best possible speaker it could, and there's a cost associated with that.
You're absolutely right. But, judging from what I know our company paid at our cost for speakers from Focal, Def Tech, Infinity, Klipsch, just to name a few, I know there's no way any speaker should cost $20,000+. Give me a break! I know they have costs that are also associated with things other than materials, but nothing that warrants selling a speaker for 100k when it likely cost them $1,000-$2,000 dollars to produce. Speaking of engineers, they do need to pay people like that to work at their company, but speaker construction and design hasn't changed THAT drastically in the last 30 years, where they need or should be paying a freaking NASA engineer $200,000 dollars a year to work at their company.
If our company could pay $200 dollars for a speaker that the manufacturer suggested we sell for $999 and they were still making good money off us at $200 dollars, selling a speaker for $20,000+ is clearly the biggest rip-off ever perpetrated on mankind, aside from things like premium power cables that sell for $100+ when in reality it cost a nickel to mass produce in their Chinese sweatshop factory.