Recently, I've been going mad trying to figure out what my options are for new speakers and how one actually purchases speakers these days since there are fewer B&M stores around. Endlessly reading others preferences about speakers is, to some degree in my opinion, reading forum posts to help figure out what color to pick as your favorite. Seems that everyone is going to prefer something different. However, I still spend some time reading those threads over there in the speaker forum. Tonight I ran across a suggestion from a forum member to the OP to pursue a DIY path. That got me thinking and I found this forum (didn't really know it was here).
I guess over the years I've heard of folks building a speaker or two, but never really gave it much thought. Now I am. However, I've got a couple of questions that immediately pop to mind....
Why do most DIY (budget, unique design, special purpose, etc)? My initial thoughts are that although one may save $'s, can a DIY'er (especially one with no experience) really approach and/or surpass the sound quality of a $1500+ floor speaker designed by a team of engineers? How does one handle the unknown factor of sound? I've heard a number of well-regarded (by some forum members) speakers that I didn't care too much for. I could turn around and walk out of the store with nothing lost but a 15-20 min demo. How does one choose plans and components with some assurance that there will be quality sound at the end of the project without a loss of time and money because the end product just doesn't perform as desired?
I must say the DIY path is certainly intriguing. I've got way more than enough ww'ing equipment in my workshop and I have a fair amount of ww'ing experience- not concerned about that. Also I am positive I would enjoy the build. However, as one with no experience in this arena, the whole process of selecting the speaker and the electronics, is fairly intimidating. Add in the fact that I don't want to toast any of my electronics. (Although, come to think of it, I do have a spare Sony AVR I paid about $200 way back as a cheap one for the garage - I would probably enjoy burning that thing up
Thanks in advance for your input.