Totem speakers went up almost twice and so is Sonus Faber.
B&W increase is minimal relatively.
This is a game many of these "high end" ---- makers play, fill in the blanks. They drastically increase the prices on their new models in order to give the (potential) buyers a sense of "investment" value for their products. In the meantime, the used prices will either stay stable or even go up. Rolex watch company and a few others have done this for years and others are trying to follow a similar business model. Time will tell who will be able to pull this off.
2800.00 to 3500.00 is the fair value of The B&W 802n. Speakers. They make audio gear every day of the year, year in and year out and the market is saturated with the audio gear so pricing Needs to be more realistic or there are going to be a lot more stores selling hi fi gear out of business . It is happening nationwide because of overpricing products . So manufactures need to get in line and figure out what they're going to do about cost of their gear or go the way of the dinosaurs .
+1 Dave. If the speakers were not selling, the prices would be dropping. That is how the market works.
Another factor is the devaluation of the USD. 1 USD today is not equal to 1 USD of 16 years ago.
This is just not true. Nowadays, Audiogon has about 150-200 listings a day in their New Today category (185 right now). 10 years ago that number was 250-400 listings under New Today. As the price of the ads has gone up, the number of ads has gone down. Again, fundamental economics.
The thing is there are only so many ways you can make a speaker. Looks is one ,but cross overs and the speakers you can use in the cabinets are basically the same but for the hype. When it comes to the electronic gear they all use the same basic designs . The Dac or chips may be different but they all share the same Dac and chips with each other All parts are made by companies that sell them to the makers of gear. I work on the gear. McIntosh has oppo parts in them , just take the top off of your gear and you will see many parts stamped with other company's parts names on them.Their is no big Magic going on , all you're doing is sending a signal in one end and it gets sent out the other end to the speakers in analog . No one company makes all of their own parts they buy Dac's from Dac companies, they buy chips from chip companies for pennies on the dollar because they buy in bulk . I have been fixing gear since 1970 . And the basic engineering in audio gear is the same . Now we use integrated circuits and Dac's and chips that do most of the work to send a analog Signal to your speakers so you can understand the words and Music because we ear in analog and speak in Analog and not digital. I used to build speakers years ago and there is no great Secret how to build a great set of speakers . The Manufactures need to be more honest with the consumers .
"This is just not true. Nowadays, Audiogon has about 150-200 listings a day in their New Today category (185 right now). 10 years ago that number was 250-400 listings under New Today. As the price of the ads has gone up, the number of ads has gone down. Again, fundamental economics."
That doesn't mean there's less used high end gear in the marketplace, it means less people are using Audiogon. Also, assuming "fundamental economics" is the sole reason for this is debatable. AG's system keeps getting worse over time. I've had so many issues with this site, the thought of buying or selling items here doesn't even cross my mind anymore. But I do agree that the high prices aren't helping. I remember when AG listings were only 2$. With sites like Computer Audiophile and Craigslist offering free listings, its amazing AG still gets around 200 a day.
The original N802 was a groundbreaking design with the boat tail cabinet and curvaceous polished Marlan head on top. The speakers are still stylish 17 years later. At the 5000.00 dollar price point they are still competitive with new speakers. They also function really well in a combination stereo/home theatre setup. Quality design and construction ensures lasting value just like a classic Porsche, BMW, or Ferrari.
"The original N802 was a groundbreaking design with the boat tail cabinet and curvaceous polished Marlan head on top. The speakers are still stylish 17 years later. At the 5000.00 dollar price point they are still competitive with new speakers"
I'm pretty sure they were more than $5000. I bought a pair when they first came out. Didn't keep them for very long, but I know I paid more than 5. If I remember correctly, I think they were around 8k.