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Well, you get what you pay for in the computer world.
First of all, the basic VES/Delta 1000 is not ten grand, unless you are adding in a five drive internal RAID system. Secondly, the price includes all of the peripherals such as dual wide-screen monitors, professional Edirol speakers, custom keyboard. It is a multi-drive system, with four hard drives (not counting the RAID). It is (certified for AVID) Nvidia top of the line graphics & chipset. It is three communications systems (WiFi station & access point; 10/100-gigE for cooperative editing; and 10/100 for internet); and lots more features.
Yes, it IS for the guy who edits 40+ hours a week and makes a living as an editor. It IS for the editor who has to deal with complex graphics, complex soundtracks, HD, and other high demands.
And what price would you put on the RED Disk recovery system, that eliminates having to deal with software installation issues, corrupted files, bad drivers, and the all other stuff that gives people ulcers? Self-repair of an ill hard drive in less than an hour is worth an awful lot in terms of grief and downtime…. The last time I had to get my office computer serviced, it was down for three days and took a Tech Support expert around 4 hours of labor to completely restore my C drive (and cost me a few hundred dollars in fees).
The VES/Delta is for the professional who makes a living with Liquid or AVID. The cost of a system works out to be around $300-ish a month (on a 36 month lease-to-own); which is a lot of money for a hobbiest but minimal for someone who earns a living on their edit system and needs speed & reliability.
We did price comparisons with other systems. Sure, you could find a lot of computers for far less money, but not with the same specs nor features. If you compare higher end systems, ours is actually a much better deal. The quality of engineering is far superior in terms of addressing the needs of AVID editors; and our turn-key approach eliminates guesswork as well as simplifies maintenance or training.