Strange - when I asked on another thread why these AVR makers had so many redundant SKUs, I was told by "expert marketers" in the industry that of course they had to have price cutter models for the customers that would make purchase decisions based on a 25 buck difference. My suggestion that said customers were not worth serving by a major brand, as they were neither profitable nor loyal custoners was waved out of hand.
Good to know that numbers don't lie and classic marketing basics remain valid. You cannot take losses and hope to make it up on volume - the math ain't there.
Time for these guys to go back to creating value instead of destroying it. I really hope Marantz is going to do more than rebadge - otherwise they'll be gone shortly.