Finally chose Athena speakers for my home theater - AS-F2's front, AS-C1 center, AS-R1's surround, and AS-P400 sub. Went to Best Buy and the AS-F2 and AS-R1 are "deleted" according to the clerk. Only demos available in all the stores in my area. No more to be ordered! Found the same thing on Audio Advisor - neither speaker is listed on their web page. Other Internet merchants showed the same - out of stock, etc. Anybody know what's going on? The BB clerk said they were probably replacing them with newer models. I really liked these speakers - especially the price!
Well, some people don't like the way the AS-F2s look. Personally, I have them and I love them but some different finishes would be a nice option and work better in some decors. The parent company seems to have also pulled the Energy C series...The local store only has the book shelf speakers...A change coming to be sure.
I wish they would pull the entire Athena line out of BEST BUY. Yes, you can get them for dirt on sale but many people won't consider them because of the store they are sold by, which is a shame 'cause they are truely great speakers.
Must not have hurt Athena sales too much by being at Best Buy. They depleted their stock of F2's and B2's way earlier than anticipated. When I spoke to an Athena rep in January he said their merchandisers were extremely happy with the product and didn't want any changes in the line. Its darn near impossible to find any of these speakers right now.
I know I'm extremely happy with my B2's, B1's and C1 all for $300 total!!
Paul I own Paradigm Studio 40's but that is no reason to show disrespect to other brands just because they are sold at Best Buy. If you want to get real very few of us on this forum own hi-fi speakers. Most of us live in the very real world of mid fi. Athena's have reviewed very well with several well respected audio publications like "The Absolute Sound" and have a loyal following.