I am looking to build a LCR set of horn-based speakers. They are replacing an aged paradigm titan setup.
My eyes are crossed from reading all the econowave threads here and in other forums [I thought the DIY Theater Construction threads were bad
], and I could use some advice.
Given my "newbiness", I'm leaning toward a kit like Parham's PIs, but at the same time the econowaves look pretty straightforward.
So, here are my questions:Is a PI kit worth the upgrade over an Econowave standard?
I've seen Parham make a comment that some of the driver choices are like choosing between a Porsche and Ferrari (they both get you over 200 MPH). Is this the same thing between a 3 PI and an Econowave Standard? I estimate the cost of the Econowave standard (not including cabinet) at around $160 each versus $320 for the 3 PI. I realize that a large amount of the difference is due to the upgraded drivers, but is it a huge difference in sound quality to justify a 2x in cost? Said another way, I'm suspecting that there will be a huge leap in sq from my Paradigms to the econowaves, but maybe not as great between the e-waves and the PI's.Are there Econowave "plans"?
I've been through as much of the 968 pages of Zilch's AK threads as I can (as well as on PE, DIYaudio, here, etc.), but I haven't really seen any cabinet plans. I'm not planning on using the PE traps, so I realize I will have to design them myself. Got it that I need to use something like WinISD to optimize the box, but I also know that the front baffle is critical. Is there a plan for that?SEOS Kits?
I've sent Erich a pm, but are there details on potential SEOS kits? Sorry if I missed the details in the threads, but I hear mention of flats, driver, and kits, but nothing definitive. Given Erich is getting great deals on the material and even CNC flats, is this getting into the econowave standard zone on pricing?
Thank you for bearing with me on newbie questions.