Originally posted by Capfacsurf
Overpriced? I think M&K is actually pretty inexpensive, when you compare the quality of the sound to other speakers. I measure the value of a speaker based upon what comes out of the drivers, rather than what surrounds the drivers. In my eyes, M&Ks are a great deal.
Well, I've owned a complete set of 3 150s up front, 2 SS250s on the sides, and a pair of S85s in the rear. I was driving them with a Lexicon processor. Frankly, I think given the build quality, the finish and the sound that they are way overpriced. I think the fact that they can't seem to produce enough of them is indicative of the fact, that given the wage structure here, $900 does not allow them to pay enough to attract the help to sell them at that $900 price. Hence the lack of availablity.
I would ask that you compare them to the Ascend 340: similar cabinet, same excellent frequency response, made in the USA: $300 each. Reason: the direct model. Or, NHT M6: 2 6" woofers, a 4" mid-range, and 1" tweeter (I think they're all made by VIFA), for $600. Great price and value: Made in China. Dealers can sell them, make a profit, NHT can sell them, make a profit, and they're 50% less than the S150s. Oh, and I forgot to mention: Stereophile Class A rated.
I think M&K makes good stuff. I don't think they're competitive in the current marketplace at their selling prices.