Stop talking crazy guys! Do you how much R&D went into the cables alone? Jesus Christ, the gorgeous state-of-the-art cables by themselves are easily worth $5000~$6000. They're practically giving the headphone away as an accessory to the awesome cable. The fact that the headphones look just as gorgeous as the cable is a HUGE PLUS and probably one of the first reasons to buy this. Out of the many many reasons.
Now don't let me get started on the patent-pending awesome leather satchel and headphone stand. JPS is no doubt taking a huge loss selling these for such a low price. The Abyss is the bargain of the decade. It'll easily be product of 2013, or better yet the best value/performance of the decade. Buy these quickly before JPS raises the price to what these should be.
Good point, would be interesting to know how much the cables and headphones cost individually. My assumption is judging from the attitude and position Joe said in my other thread about how they invested $50k on tools and machinery to make these, it comes off to me that they are actually doing the right thing selling these at $5k, so it is justifiable for them to keep making them because they invested $50k on machinery sort of leveraging the cost of tools acquired alone.
Oh and for that matter I wouldn't be surprised if there $250-1000 are worth no more than $50 for parts and all. I suggest those interested in why I said this to google Virtual Dynamics - $15 cable.