I'm only saying in my above, if you want to complain about the price, start your own business. Other than that, it's become nothing more then another internet whine.
they could just swing their vastly higher purchasing power and scales of economy, labour cost, R&D, precision machining and tooling, and offer headphones with the best cables already as 'upgraded' models, or their own after-market upgrades.
With all due respect, I'd be willing to bet that most folks who agree with your above, aren't business owners, are against slave labor wages and are dependent on others for their livelyhood.
The higher end headphone market, obviously is a niche market. There's not much room for economy of scale to take place as not many folks want to pay four hundred dollars for a headphone set and ya gotta sell the headphones first, for there to be a market to sell upgrade products into. And if you do want to do things cheaply, you'll find cheap labor takes place in slave wage, labor markets. You are for a living wage and decent standard of living for workers aren't you. And labor (cost of goods and services) get expensive real fast if you're paying workers benefits, required taxes and a $60 - $80k lifestyle to pay their taxes with. But then again, you can go to countries for your labor where folks have to live on the floor of the manufacturing plant, with a garden hose for a shower and a hole in the floor for a toilet, open pit sanitary drains outside and sell your products for a whole lot less.
I submit that Sound Science walks hand-in-hand with sound business principals. Why? They both need money to operate. I won't get into the politics of funding scientific research, private Vs public and how one requires a profit and the other doesn't. And without customers (product sales), no business is a business unless supplemented with other people's money.
Edited by beeman458 - 10/3/10 at 9:53am