Originally Posted by ptravel
I'm not getting personal. You're attempting to smear the most reputable on-line retailer with whom I've been doing extensive business, amounting to thousands and thousands of dollars, for decades.
You were not told by B&H that they were getting the X5 ahead of anyone else. What you read here on head-fi.org was not posted by B&H. And I am not implying anything about other companies. As I stated earlier,other reputable companies provided a range of dates within which they expected delivery. "headphone" is HeadRoom, which has its site at www.headphone.com. As I mentioned, I pre-ordered from them, and they never gave me a shipment date. They said that they expected to receive shipment within a range of dates and, as it turns out, they were correct -- the X5s arrived today (a little over an hour ago, according to the rep I spoke with), and pre-orders will ship out today.
If you are someone who thinks, "I read it on the internet (and, particularly, in an anonymous internet web forum), therefore it must be true," then you are truly naive. Next time, call the retailer before you pre-order or back-order. Don't rely on hearsay that you read on an internet forum where everyone posts anonymously. I called B&H before ordering from HeadRoom and the rep I spoke with checked with buyer who advised that there was no confirmed date for the incoming shipment, though it was expected in "a week or two." The buyer also couldn't guarantee the number of units in the shipment. These are facts provided by B&H to me, and it was based on these facts that I made my purchasing decision. If you had bothered to call B&H, you would have learned the same thing -- there's no secret code for getting information from B&H.
The operative phrase in your post is, "I'm only guessing." Indeed, you are only guessing, based on your completely erroneous assumptions, your incorrect conclusions based on what you've read in this thread, and your complete ignorance of exactly how retailers of goods manufactured by other companies run their businesses. You're not trying to help anyone, you're only trying to hurt B&H by bad-mouthing them without justification.
I do think, however, that you are correct about avoiding B&H in the future. I suspect they and their customers will appreciate that.