Originally Posted by M2609
Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed reading the Audioholics review by James Larson, as the varying music choices & measurements were interesting, and I like the way the reviewer writes re specs, measurements and conclusions &c.
But holy moley!...they jumped over $1000. in the last 16 months !?!?
As Spidacat noted, when Dennis Murphy (who owned Philharmonic Audio) sold them through his company, he was essentially selling them for the cost of their parts. In fact, BMR's are now available in DIY kits, and the costs of unassembled kits is essentially the same as what Dennis was selling them for.
Jim Salk (whom Dennis has worked with for years) was very upfront about the fact that Salk would have to increase the prices when they took over. For one thing, Salk gives you incredibly beautiful custom cabinets (which they did for a premium even back when Dennis sold them). For two, Salk actually wants to at least break even on selling them, if not make a small profit.
For what it's worth, Audioholics is in the middle of releasing a series of videos on direct vs. wide directivity speakers. The BMR has featured heavily in these videos, repeatedly being called out as one of, if not the, best measuring wide directivity speaker they've reviewed. And when they get to "recommended" speakers in the wide directivity family, the BMR is the first listed, even at the current Salk prices (note that Matt is a separate reviewer from the one who did the original review you referenced above . . . so this is two separate guys at Audioholics singing their praises).
And just to add to this, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of the last sets of BMRs Dennis sold. These are amazing speakers for the $1,500 I paid for them (including shipping), and I don't believe Salk is remotely overcharging for them (especially given the custom cabinets you get from them). I have never heard the Tektons, so I have nothing to say about whether the BMRs are better, worse, or just different. But I can definitely say anyone shopping in their price range should give them some consideration.
If you want a lot more insight into them, the Philharmonic thread here on AVS has a couple years worth of testimonials. You can also search for old threads on places like Reddit, and see the level of esteem they've always held among those who have owned or heard them.