I went back to Best Buy last week. Apparently, they have all of the HK Receivers back in stock, but they are all on sale. The AVR 1710 was $375. I guess I was wrong about them getting out of the HK business. Maybe BB is blowing out their stock for some reason. Anyway, I was actually able to listen to it compared to several receivers in a BB with a sound room (not magnolia) located in Durham, NC. The HK blew away any of the other receivers there, including some that were much more expensive.
Its a game Best Buy (and other retailers) play with the major CE brands...
Since the market is depressed Best Buy can dictate the purchase terms that brand must match..
Such as discounts for payment, advertising allowances, display models, returns..
Here Best Buy merchandise manager levers the HK brand to either meet certain terms that another competitive brand is offering...
Or else.. They will reduce their purchases, or even kick the brand out..
Note that the 10 series HK AVRs were built primarily for Best Buy, unfortunately their sales to date are far below the original projections. Next Best Buy requested further price discounts and reluctantly HK gave in..
In todays' depressed market, there are no other national, big box retailers that compare to Best Buy as they have over 625 stores..
Circuit City, Good Guys are gone...
There is Walmart, Target but they can only can sell the lowest end.. And the lowest end does't generate profits for the brands, in most instances they are loss leaders..
Just my $0.05... 👍😉