This article is from the rec.audio.* FAQ, by with numerous contributions by Bob Neidorff others.
Yes, you most certainly are. The speakers these people sell
are none of what they describe. They are never used in
studios. There might be one or two DJs out there that use
them because they can't afford anything else. They are not
overstocks, and in all likelihood, they are NOT HOT!.
Are they good speakers? No, they're, at best, no better than
the big boom boxes you find in $400 rack systems in department
stores. They are worth no more than what the kids paid for
The speakers go under names like "Acoustic Monitor DB IV",
"Acoustic Linear," "Pro-Poly," "Audio Reference 4350", "Omni
Audio", and so on. They all "feature" things like "liquid
cooled 3" tweeter", poly-cone 12" woofer, fantastic (but
impossible) frequency response, 98 db/watt sensitivity, and so
on. The brand names are remarkably similar to reputable firms,
but different enough to delay law suits.
These speaker are made by a couple of manufacturers with the
intent of being sold exactly this way. They cost the kids in
the van about US $100 a pair, and the kids are given minimal
training about what kinds of stories to use, what parking lots
are the most likely to generate sales (department store parking
lots near colleges in September is a great time for these guys).
Anything over the US $100 the kids paid is pure profit.
Stay away, you're getting ripped off. For more information on
these speakers, see: