The new dynamic in speaker pricing


Yesterday I received the latest issue of the Absolute Sound mag. This issue has the round up of the varying speaker manufacturer’s wares along with the retail pricing. One thing that struck me is the number of speaker manufacturer’s who have a speaker in their line up that cost close to a $1M!! There are good number of speakers now available with prices in the $700K+ range. A few manufacturer’s are also a little ’glib’ with their top model pricing, such as Oswalds Mill--who state- price upon inquiry only!

This new speaker pricing dynamic is interesting, as it clearly indicates that there are buyers out there who are happy to pay these prices and presumably enough buyers to make these products viable. A trend that is certainly interesting and yet questionable as to how it will impact the hobby as a whole.

Opinions on this trend?

128x128daveyf

 I don't feel its a trend. There has always been uber expensive options in every facet  for those that can afford them. Does a Rolex really tell time any better than a Timex? A fool and his money are soon partying...

I've been looking into Von Schweikert a little bit and I can't believe some of their prices. I'm sure they're great speakers, but the Ultra 11 costing $350k to me is ridiculous for a brand that doesn't seem that well known. Even the Gryphon stuff costing close to $100k seems insane. I guess there is a market, but are the speakers that good? Or is the carriage leading the horse?

I build better horns than OMA and I don't sell them for new home prices.,

winoguy17

I don’t feel its a trend. There has always been uber expensive options in every facet for those that can afford them ...

Exactly. And why should anyone care what others spend on speakers, or a house, car, vacation or anything else? It is of no matter to me at all.

"the number of speaker manufacturer’s who have a speaker in their line up that cost close to a $1M!! There are good number of speakers now available with prices in the $700K+ range. "

If I counted correctly there were 3 speakers in the $700-900K range,, none above $900K . Not seeing a plethora of them as suggested. In the $150K-500K range there were 54; not sure that this is new news. Total speakers in the listing 769.

Those who can afford the higher end ones and the associated equipment/rooms I suspect thoroughly enjoy their listening experiences. Good for them!  Those that can’t or don’t want to spend to the same level should just focus on maximizing the listening experiences that their equipment and room will provide; and just sitting back and enjoying the music . Seems like that would be time better spent than worrying about why some manufacturers are building and pricing certain equipment that one is never going to purchase