I agree but as for giving away finish..Shinobiwan will disagree,as his DIY is at least of equal finish quality as the finest commercial.
Great will Shinobiwan finish other people's DIY subs for free?
Its good to be back to the original debate......
Its hard to argue comercial vs DIY when the DIY crowd simply puts no limit DIY side.
Someone posted that they can build a DIY sub for $700 that blows the $700 comercial sub out of the water.
Well I guess if we ignore time and $$$ for the DIY project then its probably true BUT if we include some value for the time, some value for the tools needed then I suspect we can not even build a decent sub for under $700
DIY ported sub.....(15", 1000 watts).
Driver $150 - $350
hmmmm, we are already at $450 - $650.
Materials....screws, glue, wood, something to cut holes with.... $100
We are at $550 - $750.
A weekend of work just to build it .....even at minimum wage its around $100 value
Now its $650 - 850.
Now the finish....how much time would it take to have a comericial finish....8-16 hours of labor? so lets say $100. I dont even think 99% of the DIYers can get a comercial finish period let alone in 16 hours because they just dont have the tools needed.
How about EQing? DIY subs bottom out all the time or dont have flat response lines so filters are added - $100
In the end the DIY sub is much more then $700 and there are so many hidden costs to DIY are ignored.
Yes, we dont count our time as value but it is no matter what someone's opinion is. It has to have value when you are doing comparisons.
Its pointless to do comercial vs DIY comparisons unless we are fair to both sides.
If costs savings is the goal for someone to DIY then I would conclude that this year its better to buy comercial because you honestly do not save money at the lower end. Heck, that is my DIY goal, to get a higher performance/$$$, I dont care about subwoofer education over all, a year from now I wont care what SD or Qts means.
Although, I do believe an IB solution is one of the most cost effect, highest performance solution out there and if someone can do an IB they simply should!