Seriously, what makes a speaker like that worth a quarter mil\/pr? I can almost see an argument for the big monolithic ones that weigh 1200 lbs apiece because you're getting huge-mongous speakers. Those Focals are gorgeous and I'll bet they sound awesome, but they don't look a whole lot different than many other towers that size. Are they using precious metals all through the thing or what? Is it just because they can get someone to pay that much for them?\n\n\nA lot of the cost is the furniture- it doesn't help the sound, but it makes people drool and it makes the manufacturers wealthy. I can make cabinets, but I can't make the drivers or crossover components. Well, I could wind the coils, but I'm not going to.