Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice
True, but that's because DIYers for the most part realize that they don't have to spend any more than that. When they do the extra $ tends to go into better drivers. It usually doesn't go into bling that doesn't actually make the speaker better, like silver wire or $300 capacitors or any of a dozen other 'improvements' that might convince an oddiophool to spend $10k or more on a speaker. And much of what said oddiophools are paying for is also a nice finish, which mainly raises the price paid for labor, and that doesn't factor into the cost of a DIY cab.
I know that moving to expensive cable has no benefits. Copper as long as it's pure conducts electricity very well. I find it funny when I read that someone spent $6000
on speaker wire and brags
about it. I also know that going to more expensive capacitors is pointless. From what I have read from the people who design the speakers is that they hardly notice a difference. If they do they say something along the lines of "I think I heard a difference but I'm really not sure". If anything it has very very minor
differences in tonality.
Now I am wondering just how much of a performance gap is there in value leaders like a Tang Band W4-1337SA, Dayton RS, BG Neo, Vifa NE149W-04 properly implemented with a good crossover
compared to something in the B&W CM9's or 802's. Am I seriously at the point of diminishing returns? Will there be a noticeable difference when compared to properly implemented Accuton, Illuminator, Revelator, or Satori drivers?
I heard some B&W 802's that sounded great at any volume
, sounded truly like surround sound where I couldn't tell where they were, vocals were very full and had amazing depth. These are the qualities in a speaker that I crave.
When looking for MDF to build the Finalists the lumberyard left their MDF outside and it swelled. So I have about 2-3 days before I can borrow a big enough truck to go buy the MDF somewhere else. I have until then to decide what to build because I will begin building the cabinets soon after.
I saw this one and was intrigued but it's still a work in progress. Apparently Marsh
(crossed out...not sure who's child this speaker is) is still working on it and like Dan's Echelons it doesn't have detailed cabinet drawings (problem I keep running into).
I also ran across this but was uncertain how good the designer was. He is not often written about on forums very often.