Originally Posted by rhodesj
The one thing I've observed about the AVSforum DIY board, compared to others like Techtalk or DIYAudio, is that AVSforum DIY has a major slant towards home theater. Look at the build threads. Half the builds are for giant home theater subwoofers, and most of the rest are SEOS designs (most but not all from Erich's designs), which are still mostly HT-oriented.
So the people who want to build a home theater have landed here. As I see it, the goal of this group of people isn't audio as a hobby, it's just to build the theater and be done with it. And in a lot of cases, they're building everything all at once, and they've got a budget for it as well.
Um.... Yes and NO.
I disagree with the "and be done with it" part strongly. Lots of the real DIYers here come back for more. and more... and MOAR!
I'm not interested in just doing it and moving on, this is a hobby for me very much; a hobby I plan to chase for decades more.
Switching gears a little to what the previous guys said,
I will add that I'm also interested in something like a 1299 or whatever... $500-$750 seems like a hole in the current line up. There is not really anything positioned above the 1099 or FUSION 15 currently (and actually those are not even posted up yet).
The money thing is never going to go away, and not everyone is ever going to agree. There's a wide range of income levels on this forum and thus the opinions are all over the place. I'm relatively poor by almost any standard, my wife is out of work and we just had twins, we are scraping by literally. Proportionally I spend a lot more of my available and limited income on this hobby than most so it probably doesn't seem like I'm quite as poor as I really am. I suspect there is a lot of other guys in my shoes trying to pay for kids, wifes, vacations, houses, braces, kids sports or college.. etc... Money is always going to be important to everyone- just not everyone will always agree on the actual dollar amounts.
Designing kits should be about the kit, and the value and performance of it. Not the cost of it. People will spend more money on something that's better. It's not what the kit costs, it's what it offers. For me I am attracted to DIY because of the value inherent in capitalizing on your own sweat equity, I find it fun to build boxes and use tools too. But the most important thing is that I am rewarded for my hard work with great results and performance. I also like the customization aspect of DIY and being able to design or build exactly what you want. I think the value of these kits and the simplicity in how they are presented, offered, designed, laid out has attracted a lot of non traditionalist DIYer's based on price. I'm still surprised how popular the flat packs are actually, seems like shipping would be a killer on those but they sell rather well.