I'm just looking at it this way.....
Yes I enjoy a good deal, I am not looking at this as is this $799 sub marked down to $299 worth it... I'm looking at it as is this a good sub for $299 compared to other subs in the same pricerange, or should I (as you suggested) look elsewhere for just a bit more money and get something more worthwhile.
I have been teetering for months on wether or not to just go DIY but I have to factor the cost of materials and time compared to what I would get if I went retail. I don;t mind putting in hours and hours of work.... but if I am goign to get the same end result as something I could have just bought for the same price or $100 more I lean more toward retail.
I am one who is in that tight budget catagory.... but I have worked long and hard and scrounged to get the best possible deals I can to setup a decent HT. I had one at my house but took it to my Fiance's since I am there most of the time (Denon 588 receiver, boston acoustics spakers), but missed having one at my house when I was there, so I decided to try to frankenstein something together so I didn;t feel guilty about spending abunch of money on it.
Right now I have $16 invested in my HT
thanks to yard sales, dumpster diving, scrounging and etc. I am actually gettting ready to upgrade it in a bit here for about $50 and a couple hours work. I have a set of JBL 4410s and 4408s studio monitors I plan to re-foam and setup as my L/R and surround L/R. Cost of speakers was $0
Cost so far for current setup:
Front L/R Technics Sb-a27 free - someone was throwing them out
Surround L/R Pioneer s-h153b-k $6 - goodwill
Infinity sterling video center channel $5 - yardsale (came with surrounds too but not used ATM as the woofers foam is shot)
fisher st-828 as a quasi sub (only woofer hooked up) free - trash thought they would be fun to play with
Hafler pro 2400 amp free used for fischer speaker for quasi sub
Receiver Yamaha htr-5940 $5 - yardsale
But I still need a good subwoofer, and eventually a good center channel to match up better to the JBLs (same quality / clarity etc).