Originally Posted by Peterc613
Trinnov offers the Altitude32 in a 16-channel 9.1.6 format (AL32-816) with Dirac processing for $21,000. Storm Audio just announced that their 16 channel 9.1.6 format (ISP 3D.16 ELITE) processor will soon incorporate Dirac room correction for $13,800.
I would consider a Marantz AV8803 with 9.1.6 and Dirac from D&M at half that price to be a relative bargain. At $6,900, that's still about 40% more than the current AV8802a's $3.999 retail price. Lots of margin for D&M's new owners to incorporate such a significant upgrade.
Of course if Emotiva ever gets their $5,000 vapor-ware RMC-1 to process 9.1.6 discreet channels with Dirac correction, that would be a good value indeed!
I am not 100% familiar with those other pieces
I am assuming they offer a fully balanced design as well as some other build upgrades that place them above the Marantz
Besides that...for a company that is not particularly financially strong and probably "keeps the door open" selling $500( or less) AVR's...would it be the best financial move to enter a product at a price point that is "close" to some well know boutique brands?
I guess the Krell foundation comes to mind
I dont think a $7000 piece makes sens for them...wrong "zip code"
If you remember that Denon AVP that I think was close to that MSRP
It was heavily discounted to sell while people were buying Anthems for thousands more right and left
Originally Posted by thrang
Marantz doesn't have the pedigree to charge that much IMO, nor the sophistication of cusomization (to date anyway)
Agreed...its about market and pedigree
There is a reason Mercedes can sell 18,000 plus units of $100K+ S classes a year in the United States while many cheaper luxury sedans, such as the Lexus LS460, sell in numbers of less than half( or a third) of that number