Originally Posted by CC Quest
Amazing im still told to hear them first after stating
NO ONE IN MY AREA HAS THEM TO DEMO !!!
WHY IS THAT SO HARD TO COMPREHEND ?
ID companys wouldnt be in business if it werent for word of mouth , seems like lots of people on this board have bought LOTS of ID speakers. Im pretty sure they didnt all fly to wherever these ID companys are located just so they could hear them first
Is it really that odd to buy something when you CANT hear them and all you can go by is customer reviews.
First suggestion... decaf. I completely understand you. Screaming (all caps)doesn't make it any more logical.
Second, ID (eg Ascend, Rocket, etc) companies work under a different business model. They attempt to cut out the costs of retail floor space and store personnel salaries by selling direct. But their model builds in the ability to listen to the speakers in your home with the ability to return if you don't like. Usually, at the consumers' cost. Their model gambles that a customer will be less apt to go through the cost and trouble of returning. I won't get into the question of B&M verss ID speaker purchasing since in your case, you are not talking about an ID speaker purchase
If you go back through my posts you should be able to understand a few themes: my belief it is better to hear a speaker before purchasing instead of relying on others' tastes ("what tastes better, Dove chocolate or Ghiradeli chocolate?" or "what jeans will fit me better, Levis or Lees?" or "what car should I buy, a Lexus IS350 or an Infiniti G35?"). So yes, in my opinion, it is odd base a decision like this soley on customer reviews.
A second point I made... with all of the many speaker brands out there, why feel compelled to buy one that you can't audition (if indeed, you really can't audition... someone located some in Fort Meyers)? If KEF doesn't have any local retailers, why don't you try PSB, or Monitor Audio, Paradigm, JBL, Polk, NHT, Klipsch, etc... That way, you can get local support if needed. You support a local business in the process. And hey, you will actually like the speakers *before* you spend your hard earned dollars.