I just wouldn't generalize so much. Yes, maybe now, the Three and Four are really bringing something akin to exotic performance *down* to your price points, but that hasn't really existed before. NHT is a rebel company. They don't care about exotic wood cabinets. If they did, Xd would probably be a $25,000 product, the Threes would be $2500/pr and the Fours would be $7500/pr - they're that advanced.
About every 5 years, yes, the price of near exotic performance gets lower and I thought the NHT 3.3 (and a few other models from others) brought that down to about $4K about 10 years ago, and then the 2.9/T5 brought it down to $2500. The Four brings it down to $1800 while furthering the performance. But this is not only a new price point for this level of performance, it hasn't even happened yet! And Xd has brought true exotic performance (one might say "better than exotic") down to $6K. But I do think that level of performance is easily worth that $6K to a lot of people. More, in fact. As a self-professed newbie, I think you're expectations are so high that you've missed the last 10-20 years of huge advancements that allow you to expect this level of performance for under $2K.
That being said, yeah, I just want "the damn NHT classic 3s" to ship too.
Anyone else want to hear the NHT Two on the Classic Tour before I shut it down? The Moderation felt it was "marketing". I suppose.......