Originally Posted by realtight
I'm sorry but this is not a fair impression to give people. I highly doubt these kits sound better then speakers costing x10 the price. I've built some nice - well regarded diy kits and for the money you can usually compare them to speakers costing 2-3 times the price - NOT 10!
I'd love to try some of the SEOs kits but I'm having an extremely hard time believing these things sound any better then some of the old Klipsch speakers. The Forte II's for example. NO way the SEOs blow these speakers out of the water, maybe there are slight differences but nothing big.
well sound is subjective so it's different for everyone, and there's diminishing returns at every point. I'm sure some people can't tell the difference between a SEOS and a $100.00 boxstore speaker. I guess a better way to put it would be that the drivers are the same cost as in speakers 5-10X the price. And like I said, "nearly any" speaker. There definitely would be speakers that are more expensive that sound better. Like many people on here know, but most of the public don't, higher price does not mean better speakers.
There definitely are some good value speakers that are not DIY, like the older klipsch you mention.
I am more comparing the prices to the more expensive speakers such as high end paradigms, B&W's, etc. that have very very nice cabinets, very good dealers, very nice looking drivers, excellent customer service, warranties etc. All of these features of the speakers and the name cost money, which removes money from the speaker performance. The SEOS designs basically removes all cost except for component cost.
The klipsch forte II are the exact type of speaker that I would expect to come close in value to DIY, as there are very little "bells and whistles" on them. They have very standard box shaped cabinets with fairly industrial looking design.