Deneb, I decided to get the HT3's, but still entertain the option to build my own. The later would require a lot more research on drivers, enclosures, and crossovers and finding/purchasing some computer programs to model sound reproduction in the enclosures, and a whole bunch of stuff that I really have no clue about how to do successfully. I could build them, and I know they would look sweet, but not sure how they would sound. So as soon as I hear back from Jim I am going to make my order official with the HT3's. They destroy my original budget, but in my mind the added clarity, and full lush mids, not to mention their outstanding bass response (not bloated or anything) smooth and even through the whole spectrum of sound. Really it was getting the chills so often that made up my mind. They managed that on all of the songs that I thought would do it, and another that I would have never thought it possible.