I could have refined the Pioneer Stage 4 distribution question better. It's the formal Stage 4 dealers who have zero product and or their ability to order is whom I'm concerned about. As example, 6th Avenue Electronic's is basically out of all Stage 4 inventory and will not except an order. - Go figure. I asked around to a few local Stage 4 dealers here in the greater Atlanta area; same story little to no inventory and a reluctance order any.
Crutchfield also is scarce with product. Limited distribution and no distribution are two different positions.
I've gotta call into Pioneer's Car Audio south east zone Rep/Manager (and the area distributor) will see what there story line is...
You don't suppose Pioneer is abandoning their efforts in developing a position in the upscale market? I guess that is really my question - has anyone heard anything in this regard?
I've learned recently that 6th Avenue Electronics had closed a few retail locations back in September and then in late October a few creditors such as GE, Toshiba, etc had sought through the courts to close the doors of the remaining 6th Ave locations. Seem's the retailer hadn't made their payments to these and other large creditors. So why not blowout inventory (that they may or may not truely own) for a liitle quik cash via Amazon?
Reminds me of a historic metro NY/NJ retailer Crazy Eddie of the 80's/90's (Eddie Antar) His vendors large & small chased their money to the bitter end. And by the end,,,as in it was jail time for Mr. Antar. And so goes the blowout of Pioneer PRS Stage 4 product at Amazon.com
one of the reps, that was at SEMA told me when I asked told me, they are targeting a specific customer. also, that you could get it at Crutchfield. i asked him more specifically what he meant, and, after about 4-5 times with him hoping i went away, he said they wanted to target celebrity types that would install the entire system.
so, i read into that they could care less about if stage 4 was used correctly and that they just cared that they sell the product. i imagine auto tune and let it roll!! lol.