Originally Posted by eggyhustles
I've had on my eye on the sierra 1's for a couple weeks till i stumbled upon the diy section. is there anything i can piece together with woofers and crossover from madisound or parts express that will perform better than the sierra 1's for 900? that's about how much they would cost shipped to me.
edit..wanted to note that i live in an apartment so putting together a cabinet would be almost impossible...so cabinet is added into the budget.
Funny I have the Sierras and purchased 2 kits to see how they will compare.. If you can wait a few weeks I'll probably have a direct comparison
Plus points for Sierras:
1) Finish. That stained bamboo cabinet is gorgeous, and that glossy finish is fantastic (I have piano black).
2) Bamboo cabinet. A better cabinet you will not find, Dave measured the resonance of bamboo and found it would take >2 inch MDF to equal 3/4 inch bamboo...
3) Variable slope crossover, top notch design, good drivers.
Really great speaker. Not the best, but for 1000$ I honestly think you can't do better in B&M and ID.
DIY though, for close to or the price of the full Sierras you could purchase drivers. Then add a couple hundreds for the rest of the speakers. In that case, imho, driver quality you'll get a bit of an edge over the Sierra. (and you damn well should!!!).
That opens you up to speakers like:http://zaphaudio.com/ZD5.htmlhttp://zaphaudio.com/ZRT.htmlhttp://speakerdesignworks.com/Statements_Monitor.html
So these are definitely interesting alternatives, and should, I believe, give you a little bit more SQ over Sierras. Although, I'm really curious to how much and so am building the Statement monitors to find out
But if you have to buy a built cabinet, that usually eats up quite a bit of the savings of DIY, and I don't know if that even comes out to a big difference vs ID. Take SR71, 309$ drivers+crossovers, vs 594$ with cabs (though u do get a bunch of other extra stuff)... I'd be curious to see how good they'd fare vs Sierras...