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RE: I don't disagree about your case with one individual item

I have an interesting take on Magico.

I think there speakers are highly revealing, and maybe the most transparent to source speaker out there. It is often commented on how they sound so so at shows. I have heard them mostly with very expensive nothing special solid state. The Magico's often reveal what overpriced junk a lot of solid state is. They sound much better with tubes to me.

Now I absolutely think Alon Wolf hyper engineers his products and is one brilliant guy who does not compromise. But...the customer is paying for what is essentially a low volume product. I also think Wolf has lost his bearings and is appealing to those who want to be part of an exclusive club.

You can argue all day if a Q5 is worth as much as a Porsche.

Your Manley example is interesting. I agree, that for a few years, she was under pricing a lot of the products. But I believe a very silly business decision was made to jack up prices by FOURTY percent OVERNIGHT.

My local dealer said it was a death knell for him and he has sold very few pieces since. There should have been gradual increases along the way.

Her justification was "the pro audio guys don't squawk at price increases". Uh, sorry, different market.

It's her business, but I can't imagine raising the price of the Mahis from $2500 to $4000 helped sales.

Edits: 01/15/13

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