Kenrick's prices are very, very high. Both because they are Japanese and because they do complete overhauls on their speakers.
The big JBLs are certainly expensive but don't take those prices as evidence. If you want to know more, go to the audioheritage site and look through the classic JBL serial numbers to familiarize yourself with the various models. There are many smaller ones than the ones I mentioned.
If I had "a couple grand" for speakers, I'd certainly consider a bad-ass three way JBL!
(even though last time I spent "a couple grand", I bought Klipschorns, and couldn't be happier