Originally Posted by Bill Mac
I would have to disagree with you on the price aspect. I doubt very much that Marantz, Onkyo, Integra and Anthem will be adjusting the prices of their prepros due to the cost or success of the 975.
I think part of the reason that many processors prices are as high as they are is the low volume of the market segment. Individuals who are willing to fork over the money, space, and time to purchase a 2+ box solution over an AVR make up a tiny fraction of the market, and tend to have a relatively low elasticity of demand. But if Outlaw sold a really sizable number, and a sizable market is found to exist at the price point, then I believe bigger players will move in with less fully featured, affordable pre-pro's. I doubt it, but it could happen.
The more cynical (realistic?) side of me believes at least 75% of all "High-end" pre-pro's are simply Veblen goods. As such, there is little incentive to have lower priced items.
In short, I agree with Bill Mac.