Thank you for your support on Audio Cubes. I visit Head-Fi all the time to get the user comments on headphones and on our service. This message alerted me because it seems that we raise prices on products that we sell well. It really worries me when I see this message.
This is not how we do business. We do not raise prices if there are high demands on certain products. Our prices reflect entirely on how much we can get these products for. So far only 4 A1000's and 9 W1000's have been sold and we do not see a high demand for these headphones albeit they may be quite popular in discussions in this forum. The truth is not many users outside of Asia know about Audio-Technica's high end headphones and thus there is never a high demand on these type of products. Our major business still lies in MiniDisc/Audio related gear and accessories. I just wanted to clarify on this particular issue. In regards to the price increase of the A1000's and W1000's, I was notified by our Japan manager that the cost of getting these headphones have increased. I suspect that this price increase is permanent. If you have doubts, please visit Japan's online etailers such as yodobashi.com and do a search on the W1000 and A1000 and you should see the prices are very similar to what we have.
Again, I wanted to clarify any misunderstanding here. If you have more questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will try our best to assist you. Thank you.