Originally Posted by audio ergo sum
It's a marketing trick...
A great mic-preamp does not have to cost more than $500 per channel.
Preamps are important but not THAT important. I imagine cooking magazines, spending great parts of their editorials about knives and forks.
I'm not going to argue that statement with concepts that I can't back with facts.
If manufacturers began listening to comments like yours, then we'd have all of the manufacturers moving shop to China for cheaper labour.
It' s not just the parts, but the workers doing assembly.
Behrringer probably pays Chinese workers a minimum wage, and the workers may not know or care what it is that they're building.
A low-cost American manufacturer may pay just above the min. wage. Those people don't care much either.
A good quality manufacturer pays workers well, so the quality is great.
An 'overpriced' piece of gear may have the licensed engineers, who designed the units, be involved in the manufacturing and QC. This would push the price up ridiculously high, but quality would be pristine.
Your income decides the price range that you look at.
Personally $2k is my max for a single channel. But for 8 channels in a rack, I wouldn't pay over $4k.
...but to clarify this topic, I'd love to see someone who actually builds and sells to weigh in. Beez Neez guy? Nathan Eldred?