[quote user="hifikrazy"]I have been reading a few issues of Stereophile magazine and it's prompted me to wonder if American equipment are truly Hi-Fi while British equipment generally operate at the Low/Mid-Fi level? In Stereophile, US$20k to US$60k pre/power combinations, US$20k to US$50k speakers, US$100k turntables, and US$10k cables seem to be the order of the day. Even in their Awards issue, they just have one category for "Budget Components", while the rest of the Award categories organised by component type is represented by models in the price ranges mentioned above.[/quote]
ROFL, they are probably so expensive because they wasted so much build cost forming a 24 carat gold eagle into the speaker wall and stars and stripes on the speaker cones. I work with a lot of yanks and their concern is volume and not a great deal else. The only one who actually considers himself a 'man of his hifi' owns... you guessed it... a complete bose system that kicks butt man!
While I am sure they are more than capable of producing excellent sounding speakers, it is not their primary focus. Most buyers looking to spend a lot on hifi are looking for something..
For me and I'm sure a lot of others here, so long as it's not UGLY, I don't care what my speakers look like. I listen to them, if I find myself staring at them it's because I am aware they are there and they are obviously insufficiently transparant for my liking. Now don't get me wrong, build quality is extremely important because it has a significant affect on the sound, but looking like something from 2067 and coming with a cigar holder and hamburger dispenser built in is not.
Lol, hamburger dispenser in your speakers, I make myself laugh sometimes, any yanks here wanna throw in their 2 cents?