Originally Posted by reecew
you made the claim that the ultra is "ridiculously over priced." then, you concede that "nothing" delivers all that the ultra does for a lower price. comedy.
but the point is if your into DIY and have even the slightest knowledge of how to build your own sub. Why on earth would you spend $1600 on a commercial sub? When for $1600 you can have multiple DIY subs that would annihilate the svs unit. That is my reasoning and i believe it is fair to say maybe an opinion shared by some others.
well, let us explore some potential reasons:
1. cost of time to learn how to diy
2. cost of time to select a driver
3. not being able to hear the driver before purchasing it
4. return policy. if you build a sub and aren't happy, tough.
5. cost of materials to build the enclosure; hassle trucking them around
6. cost of equipment to build enclosure (router bits, etc.)
7. cost of veneer, stain, and finish
8. risk of messing up the veneer, stain, or finish
9. risk of building the wrong enclosure or tuning it improperly
10. cost of time to select an amplifier
11. cost of time to select an equalization strategy
12. cost of time fiddling with the eq
13. risk of incorrect setup that bottoms out the driver rendering it unusable
14. resale value. with an ultra, resale is high. with a diy, resale is not so high.
15. warranty. if you blow up a diy project, good luck getting a replacement on the house. if you blow up the ultra, you may get some help.
16. aesthetics. the ultra looks pretty good. diy can sometimes turn into frankenstein's monster.
17. what-i'd-do-different-next-time. with the ultra, they have already made many mistakes and improvements. many little things, such as the magnetic grills, might be something that you'd like to have in your diy, but will only discover after the fact.
that's seventeen reasons off the top of my head. i'm sure that there are more. such reasons are why more than a hundred commercial subs are purchased for each diy sub that is made around here.