Originally Posted by dashpuppy
Yup i know what you mean, Soon walmart will be selling them too right ? Everyone wants to sell the things that have mass markup on the product to make money money money.. It's always about money.. Remember Futureshop (bestbuy now ) used to only sell Yamaha and Denon & Pioneer, now they sell all kinds of receivers and speakers..
Looking at their flyers now they sell vacuum's and other house hold things. DAMN even candy and other crap too..
I don't necessarily think Walmart will be selling McIntosh anytime soon, lol, but the problem is that these esoteric boutique brands have to compete in a marketplace where everyone buys their home-theater-in-a-box systems at the same warehouse they buy their 20-pack of ass (toilet) paper -- there's just little to no market for the mom-and-pop specialty outlets when it comes to a subset of commodities like electronics. I remember years back, around the time I graduated from college, pre-1996 or so, I used to browse around and buy from standalone audio shops like Park Audio in New York City (bought my first Marantz DR700 consumer CD recorder from them) and other retailers, eventually demoing and buying Marantz CD changers for my home system...it's like, those days are gone. The ONLY stores that REMOTELY offer an experience like that near me are RC Willey and Fry's, both of which are managed by such incompetent staff that's only interested in selling anything they can to make their quota, it makes for a miserable experience. Half the mass-market stuff (cheap entry-level Sony, Yamaha et al) is sitting on the showroom floor with broken knobs and dials, and the whole experience is just depressing from an audio enthusiast's perspective...
Now, I have nothing against buying from "affordable" channels -- i.e. Crutchfield
(bought my current Marantz CD changer from them), Fry's (bought my Polk RTi12s in my home theater on a ridiculous sale from them) and such -- but there's something about WHEN more "high end" products begin filtering into these mass market channels that turns me off. The bottom line is that I could not afford what would be sold in super high end outlets (if they still existed in mass) anyway, so I make sure I'm careful to "enjoy the experience" of where I buy my "better than average" gear (in other words -- I'd rather buy my Marantz and Onkyo pieces from, say, a "respected" outfitter like J&R Music World or even Crutchfield
, as compared to going into Best Buy and purchasing, say, the cheap entry-level Insignia stereo receiver that's on display...or going into Radio Shack and buying the $89 Sherwood receiver on the shelf)...there's a limit I won't drop below, so to speak...