Any dealer I have purchased from gave me at minimum of a 10% discount. BTW,it doesn't hurt to ask!
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You just need to talk to the dealer and ask. Some will discount and some will not. Sometimes your discount can come from a higher than market trade in on you old speakers, or a discount on accessories, so the dealer can maintain their retail price on the item they are selling and make the manufacturer happy. Buying a demo item can also result in some savings.
"I got all my gears from Dealers and never got any discounts."
Sorry to hear that karurravi. Paying retail for anything is just plain silly. Just like buying anything,most dealers of big ticket items expect to negotiate a sale [homes,cars, expensive audio...etc.] Me,I never pay retail unless there is no other alternative,which is rare for me.
It never hurts to ask. If they refuse... move on to the next guy. Remember,it's your money.
Forget spending $15k on this. Build the Linkwitz LX521 system for 1/3rd the price, get a loudspeaker at least as good and likely better, and being this is a DIY project, you'll have much, MUCH more enjoyment from your system. Spend your $10k savings elsewhere.
Or... you can just go buy your loudspeakers the same way you buy furniture.
If you DO go with the LX521, you'll need that $10K you saved; a pair of them requires six channels of amplification! A better option is to get a pair of GR Research OB/Dipole Subwoofers (it and the woofer section of the Linkwitz are similar in both being OB/Dipole, but the GR includes the Rythmik Direct Servo-Feedback system, which produces far better bass than the woofers in the LX521), paired with Magneplanar 3.7i or Eminent Technology LFT-8b loudspeakers (or any other planar speaker of your choosing, whether Magnetic-Planar, Electrostatic, or Ribbon), requiring only a single stereo amp (the woofers are self-powered).
Hope you haven't pulled the trigger yet. If you have do not read further!
I heard the Vandersteen Treo CTs yesterday at an audionut gathering in NJ. Never been a Vandy fan; but these were exceptional with a Belles Aria!
Paying retail is bad. Buying the wrong gear is worse. I always look at it from a bang-for-the-buck perspective. If $8,000 speakers could sound better than $15,000 ones, that beats a 15% discount any day.
Has anyone heard both the Treo CTs and the 802 D3s? BTW the 802 D3s are going for $11,000 here.
PS. The Treos sounded better on the Aria than a Rogue Cronus Magnum at about $600 more. (Sorry Karurravi) Another example of bang-for-the-buck. I didn't ask about discounts. ......yet
The B&W 802D3 are $11k EACH.
I listened to Treos at AXPONA 2015 with Naim integrated and 2 weeks back with a Sugden 30W integrated. The AXPONA demo left me wondering what the fuss was about. But they sounded better with the Sugden. Not something that I was looking for. But again, there were too may loudspeakers in that room and might be they need to be placed optimally to sound their best?