Thanks for the head's-up about Audiogon. However, I'd rather buy new given only a $150 drop in price. By the time I got done with shipping and all, I'd be close to MSRP anyway. Not to mention one of the speakers in the pictures at Audiogon looks like it has a damaged corner. Could just be glare. I'd like to listen to them first as well - so I'll ask my dealer to get a pair in stock. Speaking of dealer, he's a nice guy and thanks to him I'm now somewhat wiser when it comes to sound quality and "value." Actually, it was a post at Audiogon that led me to the whole single-driver thing to begin with. I went today to make sure I was hooked, that is I listened again to Thiel CS2.4s and B&W 703s with all the goodies, and sure enough I cannot bring myself to drop that kind of cash after hearing the Omegas. Just a different musical sound - quick, clean, tight, and detailed. I listen at low to moderate levels anyway. Long story short, my dealer sells ASL only and I feel a bit obligated to help his cause in establishing a niche. So, unless there are any real flaws or reliability issues with ASL, I'll probably consider the product. I'm new to this and my ears may not be able to distinguish between subtle differences between ASL and the Cayin. But, if it's a dramatic difference in sound quality and reliability, please let me know. Then, I'll ask my dealer to get the Cayin for me. Loyalty, what a bit**.
Maybe he'll start some kind of upgrade program and I'll be able to trade in equipment once he starts to stock more brands. Any thoughts on the ASL AQ1005 DTI, AQ1010 DTI, and Leyla 845? Or, does sinking money upstream not make sense given the cost of the speakers?