Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
The more I read about the Seaton Sound and JTR speakers utilizing a coaxial Midrange tweeter in a configuration with two woofers the more I wish I could try them out at a DIY price.
I see the Eminence coaxials in the Parts Express catalog and have been wondering if any one with enough knowledge has actually designed and tested one?
As dbbarron can confirm, I have been supportive of any such DIY efforts and offered hints and given nudges in certain directions. Some of my approaches don't exactly jive with common DIY practice, and I don't have the time to argue about it on forums. With my own products, as well as the collaborative designs with Jeff for JTR, I focus on the goals for the product and the end result, not that it uses the latest unobtainium coated whatchamacallit.
As I've posted many times, such a project is well within the skills of many DIYers here, especially if taken on as a collaborative effort with real measurements and input from others. The easiest execution would be with a DCX2496 handling the woofer-coax like dbbarron has done. Minus a few internal details, his project is very much in the spirit of the prototype Catalysts I installed in Art Sonneborn's room.
The idea of kits or similar are something I've gestated for a long while, and have seen many good friends loose plenty of money trying to support such efforts. I do believe it's something which could be possible and viable, but only in specific ways which neither I or Jeff are in a good position to support at this very moment. This thread did prompt a few ideas that I'll consider, but in the end it would have to make sense to both sell and support. I'd be more likely to do something inexpensive than to do a more ambitious project with drivers as expensive as those used in the Catalyst. As a point of reference, purchasing just the DIY compareable drivers in the Catalyst outright would cost you close to $900 per speaker
Most DIYers still greatly minimize the value of the execution and the significance of the crossover. This becomes more of a factor if you want to use more desirable crossover frequencies and are looking for even greater output and linearity from a speaker as I generally expect. Generally I prefer that whatever I sell has a high probability of actually delivering on the intended performance, where many DIYers love to "improve" and "customize" things right past the point of sounding good.