Originally Posted by Gandah
Yes I agree, but I don't agree with the markup Addicted to Audio sells audio products, here in Australia they monopolise the audiophile marketplace and price however they like, for example leading up to the GSX being available their advertising price was $27XX but changed to a little over 3k and said the lower price was for preorders only which they never mentioned numerous times prior, so I reluctantly paid. Also customer service is terrible, when I was looking at the Master 7 dac all they wanted to do is sell me something else, it's one of reasons I lost interest in the M7, they also called me to find out what fuses Justin suggested to replace in the GSX.
knowing what I know now If I could of got the GS-X off Justin directly I would of, hence future HeadAmp gear if not through another retailer or direct won't happen unfortunately
IMO monopolising the marketplace and prices happens in most places in the world, and a lot of companies insist on using a distributor and retailer, both have their purposes but they add to the cost of whatever's being got.
When I got the K-01, the UK price was £15,000, that was because a distributor and retailer were involved. My guess if I could've got it directly from Teac Japan, the price might have been between £8,000 or £9,000, but I don't believe it's possible to buy anything directly from Teac.
I think Justin uses a distributor and retailer in Australia, but I'm not sure about anywhere else.
When I got the BHSE, GS-Xmk2, and Pico Slim, I got them directly from Justin, so I've no doubt I saved a lot of money.