Originally Posted by Spyro
It's mostly jealousy and frustration because it is out of many people's budgets. I'm sure it sounds awesome and I would love to have it but I just am not in a position to plunk down $1000. FORTUNATELY, I am very happy with SE535. Amped with the Westone star tips (laugh if you will) I find little to nothing wrong or that I would change. Maybe a tad more sub bass...but not for a $600 premium.
Again, you miss the point.
It's not the price of this specific product, rather it's the principle. It's the fact that a major company like Shure has opted into the me-too $1K iem pricing philosophy, which is usually reserved for very niche items or small companies starting off...like Ocharaku or FitEar.
Part of a mobster's business is loaning money, at a somewhat high interest rate. Up to this point everyone has paid back on time. He usually lends out amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. One day, a man borrows just $50 from him. When the time of repayment comes around, the man is nowhere to be found. Upon a minor investigation, the mobster finds out that his debtor has been telling folks that he got away with ripping him off.
The mobster has two options here:
1) Write off the minor sum of $50 and forget about the issue, or
2) Curb stomp the debtor as an example to others who may try to follow his foot steps, thus preventing his business from collapsing.
Ethics 101, ladies and gents.