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    New JBL 4348

    Anyone have pricing on these new 4-way systems? They are available in North America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Gonzales
    The pic at that link could use a little correction...

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    Ha ha ha!

    Really!, I almost thought that the new version was big as a house!, at least they give an idea of what the price is....

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    I discussed this with Don long ago. seems that nothing has changed. Why Don?

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    It seems that in audioheritage.org there is a little mistake :

    " Pricing in Japan is rather high at 16,000,000 Yen or around $12,000US/pr. "

    Happily, I think that it is 1,600,000 Yens instead of 16,000,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Pachkowsky
    Anyone have pricing on these new 4-way systems? They are available in North America.

    Ken
    According to Harman Consumer Group they are not available in the U.S.

    The worst news though is that none of the parts to build your own are in stock. They were all in stock the last time I checked. Nice project if one wanted the latest, greatest 4340-style monitor.

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    $1200/pair?

    "Hyeah...and monkeys might fly outa my butt."

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    Other than the wanky little midrange horn (I have no idea what it sounds like that is purely a subjective aesthetic call.) it looks like it is made with the right stuff and may be a real performer. At $12,000/pair it may actually be a bargain. That seems like a lot of speaker.

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    Those wanky little midrange horns go for $720.20 a pair.

    In other words, you'll never see them for sale in the U.S.A.

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    720 USD? Rebuilding them in Gold might save some money

    Just joking. They are still cheaper than 2344 were back then.

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    W.T.F!! we're not gonna get some here???? . I don't understand HOW this continues to happen!!! If I've EVER had a gripe about JBL, it is this very thing!. U.S. sales BUILT JBL into what it is today. How can they snub the North American market??? Makes no friggen sense whatsoever! Not that if they sold it here I could afford a pair, but, in the Land O' Plenty, I don't think it would be far-fetched to think of at least a few hundred to a few thousand would and could.

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    Anything is obtainable if you're really determined and have the funds. Sometimes these things find their way to the US after enough bugging the companies. An example is the Tannoy Prestige Series which was only available in Asia for sometime, but has eventually found its way into the US and Europe after enough people showed their interest to their hi-fi dealers.

    In Japan the street price for the 4348 is $6,000 roughly. Figure you can import a pair from Japan if you have a friend out there and have them ship them to the US (declared as "$1000"). In the end you'd spend less than $8k for the whole deal and have yourself a pair of some lovely beasts.

    If I were a wealthier man I would splurge myself on all sorts of monster speakers and hold public "testings" on weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Gonzales
    I don't understand HOW this continues to happen!
    I'm getting the feeling that Harman knows their markets. Five guys in the U.S. wanting 4348's probably doesn't constitute a market. I have little doubt that if someone here had the cash and asked for a pair they'd end up getting a pair.

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    Still...

    Don't you think that they should at least OFFER it?. Come on, I think if they would try to market it a bit better, it would sell on it's own merit. Certainly the Japanese understand this. I hear ya Giskard, but I don't buy the whole enchilada. Things that are worthy have a great way of selling themselves, so this type of marketing will NEVER allow for that to happen. Pretty SCREWED UP when a U.S. company just capitulates. We all know that the 4348 must sound amazing. Oh well, I guess we'll never have that opportunity.

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