Originally Posted by pimpcasso
Perfect example of the "high end " dealer snobbery we are all familiar with. As soon as polk started catering to the masses they felt polks were'nt good enough to grace thier stores.
It's not quite that simple; today's Polk is not the Polk of yore.
Back in the '80s, Polk offered a focused line of high-value speakers that were carried exlclusively in high-end stores. Far from snobbery, retailers I dealt with always seemed to marvel at Polk's price/performance ratio, particularly in the Monitor series. (If I recall correctly, the Monitor 5 or the Monitor 7 was Polk's original product.) My brother still owns Monitor 10s and 5s, and I owned a pair of massive SDA-1B's for 14 years.
All that being said, in the '90s Polk changed its corporate strategy to low-end, high-volume -- dropping its flagship SDA line altogether -- and there's no magic to that equation; Polk still makes decent speakers, but they don't even try to compete at the high end anymore. Co-founder Sandy Gross left the company for that very reason and founded Definitive Technology; today's DefTech is the closest resemblance to the Polk of 20 years ago.
Anyway, when I finally unloaded my old Polks (too big, vinyl covered), I switched to B&W, and I will never look back.