Originally Posted by Solid-State
Fantastic choices but I just love helping people "stick it to the man" meaning large operations owned by HUGE holdings outfits worth millions if not billions and the dealer/middle men that ding 60% margin on there... and trying to sell $500 dollar power cords!
For those kinda dollars the line array is so much more value IMHO
Plus who wants to be like everyone else!
I see your point.
I've bought Salon2. Almost bought KEF 207/2, but didn't have room, so settled and bought six KEF 201/2 + dual Rythmik subs instead.
So I know what the OP might be thinking. Might. Possibly.
$20K is a lot of money. No question. So there are a lot of factors involved here, not just value. At least to me.
Both KEF & Harman International are giant companies with millions in research, etc.
Having 6 professional publications saying things like "best speaker I've ever heard" and being named "Speaker of the year" & "Product of the Year" doesn't hurt.
Great aesthetics doesn't hurt.
Other things to consider. Don't know if it makes a huge difference to OP.
Salon2 are made in Mexico, and KEF 207/2 are made in England. The 207/2 is also $2-3 K less expensive. 207/2 cabinet is 27" deep, so placement might be issue. Salon2 is like 18" deep.
If I'm spending $20-$30K, I want 3rd party measurements and reviews and I want ultra accurate flat on-axis and off-axis frequency responses and other measurements as well. I want to listen to the speakers in person. Not just word of mouth. I want the whole enchilada. I want everything.
I definitely would not spend $20-30K on speakers that can't even measure better than the $300 Infinity P362 on-axis and off-axis FR.