They have to make amps that will cope with (almost) every loudspeaker a future customer may want to throw at it, without knowing in advance what loads they are going to present. They also have to make bespoke cases (milled aero grade alloys etc.) and - increasingly - have to make the insides pretty too, for all those reviewers and users who are 'knowledgable' about boutique components and attractive circuit layouts.maxflinn said:makes me wonder if the various amp manufacturers are being a tad greedy?
There are also a plethora of connections to be provided for every imaginable source. These - and the loudspeaker terminals - need to be very 'showy' because people want the backs of their amps to be as pretty as their boutique cables.
An amp built into an active loudspeaker cabinet doesn't have to be designed to cope with more than one kind of loudspeaker, it doesn't need an expensive case, it only needs one connection (for a preamp) and nosey punters are less likely to tear the thing apart to see how good looking the innards are or whether their favourite 'cult' capacitors are present.