I am going to build my first speakers ever and I am probably starting at near the top of the DIY food chain by making Linkwitz Orions, without even hearing them. The reviews for these speakers are almost uniformly so wonderful and the characteristics used to describe them (transparent, dynamic, accurate, great imagers with huge wide and deep soundstage, etc, etc) are so close to what I'm seeking that I just decided to roll the dice and give it a shot.
I am buying the prebuilt Linkwitz crossover/EQ and the flat pack of wood pieces from Wood Artistry with a plan to have painted black at an auto body shop. Since these are active and require separate amplification for each of the 8 drivers I'm buying a couple of used Adcom 4 x 60wpc amps that were recommended by an Orion owner, with the option later to upgrade to the 12 channel ATI 6012 that Linkwitz recommends. After much debate I've decided to get a Denon 2807 to act as a pre/pro and to power my surrounds. Madisound sells the 8 drivers specified for the Orions in a package which I've purchased. I'm putting together my own speaker cables from some 13ga. Dayton Professional cable I'm getting from partsexpress.
This whole DIY idea appeals to me and since I recently unexpectedly came into some coin I decided to find the best that was available (for the love of god, PLEASE don't tell me to look at some other speaker option now--let me enjoy these few moments of upgradeitis-less bliss).
So, introductions over with, what suggestions do you experienced DIY speaker builders have for me while I anxiously wait for delivery of my goodies? Thanks in advance.