Does anyone know anything about these speakers??? Being sold from a van in Glasgow by a couple of dodgey cockneys with a story that just doesn't add up. The only other mention on the web seems to be www.geocities.com/MadisonAvenue/7999/rabiat.html If you know anything, please e-mail me With details. They seem to be cheap, but without a decent amp there is no way of knowing. They appear to come from the US. They are in no way connected with Acoustic Energy, the UK company that makes speakers.
As of 21/05/99 I just discovered this page with adverts and follow ups. Check it out.
15/6/99: Thanks to everyone who has e-mailed me with details. It sounds like every con and his dog is selling them right now. I've had people say that they mostly come out of white vans, or sometimes BMW's. Perhaps the fact that some people are selling them out of BMW's is actually an indication of what they are worth :). Ben Senior says that:
"The response is more in the range from 40Htz - 22Khz+..."
and Niclas Waerme estimates that they are worth around £40 after analysis!!! On the other hand, some people have commented on the fact they do actually have a good bass sound. I cracked one open, and the woofer actually has bits of gold (at least plated) wiring. The rest of the speaker does appear cheaply knocked together. One thing we can be sure of, however, is that they aren't going to sell them for less than the price they bought them for. I know that some people have paid £100 for a pair, so they're obviously not worth more than that.
I don't know if anyone has heard the company "Global Audio" mentioned, but their website does not appear to work. Might be worth keeping an eye on www.globalaudio.com .
At the end of the day, they're big, loud, and look good. So even though I do feel a bit conned after buying a pair, there isn't really that much that can be done. I'm still interested in hearing people stories, the prices paid for the speakers, and whereabouts the purchase was made.
This scale of faking has been done before, with false adverts placed in magazines just so the guy on the street can say "Hey, they're really worth this much, but I'll sell them to you for..." People are generally going to believe a magazine they've heard of before. At the end of the day, I guess you get what you pay for.