Originally Posted by bh285
SMX looked like they were flying high not too long ago, though they always seemed to have problems responding promptly.
I never trusted Rubin. He started a thread
in 2006 with the seeming intent to build a do-it-yourself acoustically transparent screen. He used a few people for free "testing", including Alan Gouger. Members like Tryg were tricked into thinking this was an altruistic "do-it-yourself" thread and defended Rubin when others questioned his motives.
Mark P. defended Rubin in a response to one of my posts, saying "Rubens going through alot of grief just for you so he can justify what he saw and others are seeing. I call that a nice guy, no a nice DIY guy."
It was Mr. Poindexter who called Rubin out for what he was really doing - making this a business startup thread.
I still followed the thread with interest, but I was (and am) extremely skeptical by nature. Once the SMX color tests came back poorly, that was the last time Rubin used any external companies to certify/test his screens. He kept saying he would do it, but it never happened - to this day (nearly 7 years later!).
He flew high for a short period of time because of his followers on this site. People who honestly believed his do-it-yourself thread had turned into an altruistic, low cost small business, simply to provide AVS'rs with his amazing material and a little extra money on the side for his hard work and effort, went ahead and started purchasing SMX screens. They were a little shocked as to the price WITH A FRAME, wasn't signficantly cheaper than a major manufacturer. I'm speculating that that first couple of years in business, Rubin did quite well and expanded...right into the Great Recession. He probably took out some loans and when the sales dried up he ran into serious financial difficulty. Again, I'm speculating on his financial condition today, but the lack of someone getting a major order for five months makes me think the SMX is either taking the money and filing for bankruptcy, or at best, is having difficulty getting product from his distributors.Edited by SimpleTheater - 3/12/13 at 5:18am