Originally Posted by DS-21
I was responding to the text in front of me. What you wrote elsewhere was utterly out of the scope of my comment.
As for the no driver pictures, others have told you why it's a stupid complaint. The only thing I have to add is that TC released some drivers that looked a lot like yours and were very expensive at the time (4HP motor) but were truly, spectacularly, unbeatably awful. Pretty, but it's not getting anywhere near my system.
Also, let's be honest. In a $1600 giant 18" sub with a well conceived cabinet it's kind of foolish to expect Peerless XLS levels of fit and finish. After all, one's buying a complete unit, not a raw driver.
I don't want to buy a Conquest. I just put an appallingly similar sum of money in an broken Avalanche 18 (bought knowing it was broken, with a commensurate discount), fresh recone for same, a Crown XTi2000, and a bespoke sealed cabinet from eD. (The sub in my nearfield system, FWIW, uses a JBL W15GTi in a bespoke cabinet.) In fact, except for one exception (a Tannoy B475, which had an 18" woofer in an industrial-looking 160L vented cabinet) I've not owned an off-the-peg subwoofer in fifteen-odd years. Which is precisely my point.
At prices like these, assuming one is just going to do a stupid bloody rectangular box anyway, DIY loses an awful lot of its lustre. At least for people like me, who DIY'ed subs primarily for two reasons:
1) Adequate performance was simply not available in the commercial sub market.
2) An off-the-rack sub isn't going to fit into my living room (or bedroom/office) aesthetic.
And yes, time is valuable. And even if you don't count time, you have to count things like wear and tear on tools, etc., as part of the cost of a DIY sub. (Unless you do the paint-by-numbers game that I prefer to play, where you do the design based on a woofer you've bought and measured and outsource the cabinetry; screwdrivers rarely break.) All things considered, this whole line looks like an outstanding value proposition. Unless, of course, a big rectangular sub will never find its way into your home. Then DIY or bespoke is still a better (and generally costlier) option.