Probably so, but still on a case by case audition. Makes one think about the cause of the dollars decline and its political fix doesn't it.
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Sooooo, what US speakers do you all think give you a lot of bang for the dollar?
Have some of you ignored the price increase and bought a European speaker any way. There are a lot of reviews that say the Dali Ikon 6 is a good speaker for the price, but those reviews were written when the speaker was $1500, stereophile included. Now that same speaker costs $1900! Hardly the same price. So I wonder if reviewers or the target consumers for the product would have the same things to say...or does the price change now force you too look at different speakers.
Given the price increase would it be cost effective to buy in Europe, avoid VTA since it is going out of the continent and even with shipping costs be cheaper than buying here?
Once the Federal Reserve begins to finally raise rates again and chop off the nascent inflation that is building here the dollar will revive and foreign prices decline.
The balance is always restored one way or another over time.
Nothing says you have to buy new right now. There are some great buys out there. For example, I just picked up a pair of the classic Spendor SP1/2Es for $1,200. The new SP1/2R model lists for $5,000 for the pair.
If you don't want to pay the bigger bucks for new European stuff right now, get something used at a great price and just wait things out until the dollar rebounds at some point in the future. If you buy wisely, you'll probably get most or even all of your money back on the used item.
Order from a European dealer. I have often done so. Remember items are shipped to the US with no VAT, that is often a 20% saving. Yes, shipping and sometimes duties cut into the saving but it still is worth it. Duty on speakers is about 3%. To cut shipping use a dealer in Ireland or Scotland, since they are nearer the US East Coast. Remember, buying stateside will cost you in sales tax, so figure that into your savings. Use a credit card, but watch out for the transaction fee and what the exchange rates are. Shop your credit cards as some will waiver the transaction fee, typically 3%. So, audition in the US, buy in Europe.
I think I will start a new thread rather than asking for suggestions for speakers in this thread.
Unsound, thanks for the suggestion on the Vandersteens, I have heard several genterations of the 2c's and have never liked them. They sound way too laid back for me and way to dark for my tastes. Although I haven't given a listen in 5 years...so maybe I will give them another shot.