When the original VR4 came on the scene it had an introductory price of 3K, going to 3500.00 later on. This was a great speaker for the money, no doubt. So I guess since the VR4 Gen III SE is no longer available we are led to believe the Sr. II is what the original has evolved into? Well there is no way in hell that speaker can warrant costing 70% more than the original design.
Three years ago, a friend who is co-owner of an audio company, introduced me to the VR4 Gen III HSE loudspeakers which he owned at the time. He proclaimed them a flat-out bargain at $6900. In fact, he strongly believed Von Schweikert was severely underpicing them, and that they should retail for $10,000.
It's interesting that several years later, Von Schweikert is catching up to the pricing structure that my friend believed they should have implemented back in 2002/2003.