Direct from the factory so no middle man. Yeah, I've heard that one before. It's usually a load of BS - you get what you pay for IME. Larger, non-direct companies can leverage greater resources, better parts pricing from suppliers, and larger R&D budgets. That more than makes up for the middle man in some cases. Just a friendly warning from me to consumers.
Nope, haven't heard those speakers, but given the thread title I am on topic