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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matt Jesty, Sep 20, 2002.
I think B&W speakers or some other manufacturer thought the Divas were "too close" to their own designs and probably put the fear of God (via their legal department) into the Swan speaker company.
A more likely scenario was that the competition muscled a small firm that made good speakers at a reasonable price because they were scared. You don't really thing many of the speakers in the market are worth the money asked for them, do you?
Rob, do you really beleive that Swans would create such a rumor in order to drum up sales? The fact that AV123.com is no longer going to sell the Swan Divas due to the trade dress issue should be clear enough to most people that such a "rumor" wouldn't be a very wise business decision on the part of Swans. I'm sure that Swans isn't exactly happy about losing AV123 as the sole distributor for the Diva line that they built specifically for AV123. If you ask me , Swans would be shooting themselves in the foot by creating such a rumor.
My 2 cents.
Think it's coincidence that the Wharfedale Pacific line which also had the top mounted tweeter, was also redesigned with a traditional mounting ? Trade dress infringement is quite real.
Rob, you seem a tad misinformed about the history of this speaker. The Divas have been around for years, have received damn near universal praise, both for their performance and for the customer service of their distributor, AV123. They were redesigned as the "Onix Rockets" with a baffle-mounted tweeter after B&W's issues regarding trade-dress, but all warranties remain in effect and AV123 continues to go above and beyond the call to satisfy Diva owners. I've never witnessed nor personally experienced the level of customer support offered on behalf of the Diva line by AV123. And, beyond that, all drivers are easily available... partsexpress carries them.
This is not idle speculation or hearsay on my part. After Mark Shifter's announcement last June regarding the end of the Divas and the introduction of the Rockets, I had a decision to make. For a variety reasons - including price, port position, laid-back vs. forward presentation - I decided to purchase the Divas and received them at the beginning of this month. I can honestly say I've never been more pleased by an audio purchase nor the level of service I received from Sean, Steve and Mark at AV123. To say that I'm a happy customer would be an enormous understatement.
Models come and models go. B&W forced the issue a bit, to be sure, but go ask someone with discontinued Klipsch Heresies if they're happy.
Or ask me about my Divas!
Likewise, ask David Boulet about the successor to the Divas... the Rockets. I'm sure he'll field your queries here: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=97038
True enough. According to Mark Schifter: