audiopile wrote:Here's the problem - most speaker companies go thru a life cycle:
I.) Original engineering talent makes at least somewhat innovative product -given decent advertising/marketing -the product sells in good numbers.
II.) It may be years or sometimes even decades - but eventually the inventors/investors cash out.
III.) New owners eventually (Too often immediately) - decide to ride the brand name to the bank via make 'em cheaper n cheaper -sell as many as they can before the word spreads that this is a draws flies like dead fish product.
IV.) Polk is one of many whose products for decades were very good value for money and at least a reasonable used speaker "buy". But the quality as they moved to becoming big box fodder has been all over the place. The same can be said for AR ,Advent ,Altec ,JBL , Jensen ,KLH, Fisher ,Scott,too many etc. . You really need to research specific models or at least eras of a brand name to be sure you aren't buyin a white van special with a familiar name slapped on it.
Yes, major brand names that held respect have all gone south.. Even television sets are crap.
Those "new owners" of old names just want to make a buck, and rely on brand recognition for sales.
Zenith: "The quality goes IN, before the name goes ON"
RCA" "The most Trusted name in Electronics"
Wesinghouse: "You can be SURE, if it's Westinghouse"
General Electric: GE, we bring good things to life"
All those and more, now just greedy junk hawkers from overseas.