I want to apologize in advance as my previous post was typed on a tablet and I am very lazy when trying to type on those things. I will now go in the opposite direction and attempt to bore you with a novel.
I should have given you a better link to that site that took you where you needed to go. I forgot since I go in there quite often that it is not actually very user friendly.
To your concerns:
Diysoundgroup is a non-profit run by a guy in his spare time and helped by designers in the DIY community. He sells everything at cost (actually cheaper since he buys in bulk). I have no affiliation with them. I think he puts some new products on there before they are ready to sell and the $1.00 price is a default setting I would guess. You are correct that his site can appear to be a jumble if you have not been on there before.
I recommended them to you for a few reasons. First, you will be looking for HT speakers and these SEOS speakers would be hands down the best bang for your buck compared to the commercial offerings: no mark-up, better parts, well designed. I have not heard these speakers myself but have a lot of experience with the SHO-10(awesome HT speaker) speaker which is very similar to the SEOS FUSION-pure speaker (same woofer). There are several people that have both of these speakers lines and like the improvement of the FUSION (better high-end parts and waveguide)
Difficulty---I spend some time in the DIY screen section and usually like to look at the spandex AT screen threads. I noticed your thread in there and also the southeren NH thing so I was curious about your build thread. I can guarantee you that assembling a DIY spandex screen at least as difficult than making these speakers. I am not saying the screen is super hard, I am saying that these speakers have the option of getting everything pre-cut for you and also you can get the cross-overs pre-assembled as well. I can almost guarantee that what-ever your skill level is, that mine is lower still. You only need some glue, a drill, and some clamps (some people even use tape and it also works) to assemble these speakers. As far as painting most people use a product called duratex with great results and it is very forgiving.
You probably still think I sound like a shill for these guys, but like you I have been lurking around here for some time and hope to be in your position at some point to build my own home theater for a reasonable cost (i.e spandex screen, great low cost projector, and assemble yourself high grade speakers).
I will now shut up and give you some actual links (I can't get the hyperlinks to work, so I am just posting the address to copy and paste..sorry):
This is a link to the Fusion tempest, not sure if is right size speaker for you but it has a lot of reviews you can click on and is their most popular model. They also have 8,10, and 15 inch models. You can find them by going to the homepage and clicking on “waveguide speakers”. All of the fusion line speakers come with a pre-built cross-over option as well as the flat-pack option.
Here is a link to the massive SEOS thread here on AVS. Just go through the first post here, the main item you want to check out is the you-tube clip about halfway down the post that shows how easily the speaker goes together with the precut parts.
Here is a build thread, also from the AVS DIY forum, there are many of them but I chose this one because the guy had the same reservations as you (and I) do about the skill and tools to build these things.
Let me know if you have any questions or feel free to tell me to shut up….