Originally Posted by Ricci
Those are nice looking cabs. Where were these a year ago!? I wouldn't have had to design / build my own vented cabs for DB testing.
Originally Posted by notnyt
Nice cab, but wow, almost $800 in raw mdf.
Indeed. They definitely aren't cheap, but I would suspect that most who have built large a cabinet understand the adventure of assembling and handling large panels and enclosures. I would argue that receiving a professionally assembled enclosure with precision lock miters and zero end grain to deal with, or having a living room ready finish out of the box represents some tangible value. Obviously there's a lot of CNC time and labor going into the cabinets, not to mention the materials to safely pack the subs on a pallet. I believe the raw materials list was approaching $300. 3 sheets through the CNC, after CNC prep, assembly, and packaging all add up if a company needs to retain a profit and keep things available long term. Also remember that many of the small companies serving this hobby never properly evaluate their real costs and don't charge nearly enough to have a sustainable offering. Most 21" woofers on the market also aren't priced at HT18 prices either. Even the B&C woofers we are discussing in this thread are great performers, but in no way cheap.
For those who are skilled builders with tools and space to handle a large box and even enjoy that part of the process, I expect they will roll their own or find a flat kit and save the cost in trade for time, space, and lots of clamps. For those who want to select the driver used, use a powerful pro amplifier, or want something different from what they see in the market and are comfortable loading and wiring up a big woofer, this should make for a unique offering. As compared to a turnkey product, it's also a lot easier to carry the empty cabinet into a basement or up a flight of stairs before you load in the woofer.
With the info I have an will continue to share, plenty of DIYers rolling their own can benefit from the info and adjust for their own goals and needs. In the coming months I'm hopeful to get a cabinet to Josh Ricci to play with and test.