Originally Posted by fsimms
If I remember correctly from my memory, I heard it said that 10 to 15 percent of the price of the speakers is in the drivers and crossover networks with comercial speakers. On a speaker like the Philharmonic 1 that would leave about an average of $25 or less for each driver on another 3 way.
I'm sure the ratio of parts cost to final price is much higher on my speakers than on commercial speakers. It better be--I don't have to meet a payroll, advertise, or sell through dealers. I also use better crossover parts than I really have to--I suspect the Phil's would sound just as good with cheaper caps, coils, and resistors. But I would take more grief than it's worth. Just one Solen poly 150 uf
cap costs me about $33, and any commercial speaker company with any sense would just use a NP electrolytic for maybe a dollar. So if you do the math--you've got maybe $500 worth of drivers, $400 worth of cabinets, over $200 worth of crossover parts, terminals, banana plugs, wiring, commissions, donations, insignias.......better order before they take me away, away.