Even though it seems that most people are anti premium drivers, I'd still like to see a affordable bookshelf or floorstander utilizing a D3004, a pair of 7 or 8" seas excel, scanspeak revelators, or accuton woofers, and something like a accuton C44 midrange with some really kick ass crossovers...of course this is a lot to the consumer, but to a major manufacturer, they get really excellent prices...the drivers for a pair of speakers would cost probably under $800-900 if I've assumed correctly..just for the drivers. That means with cabinet costs, crossovers, paying off all business costs, and wanting a profit..you could get away with selling these speakers for under $2,500 and still be profitable right? I mean, SVS is getting away with using a d3004 and a peerless hds 6.5" in a $1k bookshelf, I think this is possible?
Why hasn't anyone done that before? I know SVS is kind of starting to do it, I mean $1k is really cheap for the amount of cost going in to it, but still.....I have a prediction that if someone here pulled this off, like ascend or axiom or something, they'd get alot of interest, no?? Maybe I'm talking outa my ass. I'd buy em.
If you want something with these drivers mainstream...your spending like $10k+.
And yes there are a few different kind of DIY, people who value finding a great cheaper driver and people who like to splurge a little on something ridiculous.
Ughh, I wish. Not sure if that is sarcasm, but I really think there is a huge opportunity for someone to pull this off...someone utilizing a speaker like that with those prices would become famous.
Some are already using what you consider 'best' drivers. Of course, what you mean by best/better is still closely related to retail price, but there's some who are using the expensive drivers you seem to crave.
For example, Tyler is using SEAS Millenium tweeter and 7 inch magnesium driver http://www.tyleracoustics.com/linbrook.html
. ACI is using the scanspeak revelator http://www.audioc.com/speakers1/sapp...sapphirexl.htm
. Salk speakers are using SEAS Excel drivers http://www.salksound.com/ht1.shtml
But like was said before, you completely
missed the point Ascend made in his last post. I'm not sure how you managed to do it as I thought it was very clearly explained.
As said, if you really want, you can buy the same drivers, download (free!!!) software which will 'design' the crossover for you, tell you the port size, the enclosure size, and you can build the speakers yourself. You will spend less money than if you bought from one of the above companies, and you will have the exact drivers you want. But speaker design is more than that. With the Sierra you get an exclusive cabinet and a unique design by DF. But you don't get what you read some say were the BEST drivers, so if that's what you want, you might as well get another pair of speakers.
You still think to seem that the key to making great speakers is buying expensive drivers and sticking them in a box. If you think that's the case, then go DIY, or buy from whoever is using the drivers you think are better. (And if you care to elaborate on exactly makes you think which drivers are the best, it would be great, seems that you're just relying on some random people online who said: "This is the best driver!")
Still, I'd be curious to know how the Sierra-1s compare to speakers such the ACI Sapphire XL. 1700$ vs 850$, but both Piano black with original cabinets. The ACI has always been well reviewed, but it would be interesting to see how it compares to the Ascend. It would be a good example to see how the custom woofer holds up to the Revelator and the modified tweaked Ascend SEAS to the ACI tweeter.
Anyhow, most who bought the Sierras I'm sure wouldn't have bought the ACI instead given that it's more than twice the price. In my case at least, I really don't care about component cost, what matters to me is end performance. The Sierras really offers great performance for the price, which I find a lot more interesting than saying "my speakers use very expensive drivers!!". They really give a great value for your money, and if they cost twice more because they used the most expensive drivers
, their cost/performance ratio would be severely weakened. You can read on Ascend's website "about us" or something like that their 'mission'
Our pledge at Ascend Acoustics is to create the highest quality and most affordable loudspeakers available today. Ascend will bridge the gap between value brands and overpriced high-end brands. We will bring, and continue to bring, the high-end audio experience previously not affordable to most consumers, into the homes of our loyal and future customers.
If you want the most expensive drivers, you're probably looking at the wrong place.