At a time when Brick and Mortar are only attracting their exiting customer base n scaring off new customers because they at the time may not have the funds necessary. This kind of attitude is why B & M are going out of business. I understand the tire kicker mentality (listen at the store/screw 'em and pay less online - not good MoJo). BUt what about the real enthusiasts that want to listen to what they are missing, thus inspiring to save up for what they heard and come back to the store in 6 to 12 months and make the sale at the store and not online.
I live in Scottsdale, AZ and NO ONE carries PS Audio Stellar. Some have the PS Audio/BHK stuff, and again, its but appointment only. So screw them, I’m doing my business online…Thank You Very Much.
Which brings me to my next point :
When I pulled the trigger on my Stellar Stack (SGCD/2x m700’s), I bought them thru HiDef Lifestyles up in Harrisburg, PA. Who actually have an SGCD/S300 at their store for people to listen too…no appointment necessary…no experience required (OK…I paraphrased Richie Haven/YES).
So I bought the Stack from them, waited a month for delivery (i’m special Eh !), and I was in Audio Heaven. Funny that a day after I pulled the Trigger, PS Audio started promoting the Stack with $700 off the SGCD plus anything worth trading in. Instead of screwing HiDef and renegging on the deal, they gave me $300 off of any future purchases online through them.
So I’ll never do business with the Boutique retailers here in AZ, but luckily I’m now involved with our Arizona Audio/Video Club where those of with our without the funds/means of what we can or can’t afford are all treated equal. No “high noses” here. We are having a “DAC-IT-OUT” fest, where one of our Members has manufacturers lend us their online wares to try out and for fun we do our own comparisons in a friendly and fun environment just like our June Speakerfest which was a huge success !
Funny how the internet is WRT to online sales…but its still buyer beware !