Originally Posted by mark russ
Just a constructive thought here, but if you're even remotely as smart and educated about building speakers as you desperately try to portray yourself to be, to the point that you can make such great designs that are so much better and superior to anything else on the market at double or even quadruple (or more) the price because of all your awesome knowledge and experience, and since you obviously have all this spare time on your hands, why don't you do us all a favor and form your own company to start selling your awesome designs?
1. Speaker building is an art form...Im no artist and I never said I have my own designs. Its like model building, building a house, building a cabinet, building anything.....there are directions to follow. I take the easy way out with digital XOs, I can tweak in room until it suits my needs. No need to build passive XOs that do not always work out.
2. There isnt enough profit in it. Remember, I like free time so why work my ass off 100 hours a week like the John Janowitz, Mark Seatons, etc of the world to make a business that has too many competitors and very hard to be ultra successful. I did the 100+ hours per week for over 10 years from the age of 23 to the age of 33....Im enjoying more life now.
3. Enough expert DIYers exist that we can just copy their designs. I have never posted that Im an expert speaker builder I just have resources to test and play with many options.
4. Even if I became sort of an expert. Jon Marsh, Curt C, Brandon Thill, Lynn Olson, Jed M, Paul W and so many more names I can not think of this second are incredible speaker designers, better then 99% of those speaker builders working for some audio companies..You would be shocked on how many design plans exist, nothing sold out there comes close to the details and SQ of the top DIY products. They build and post all information for others to copy for free. If you do not want to build them then buy the kits sold my Jed and Curt on PE or Madisound. Why remotely try to sell something when the best builds exist for free anyways.
5. Mark Seaton, Jim Salk, Tom Danley, Earl Geddes and so on and so on build incredible speakers. The industry has too many speaker companies to start with and if some of the best speakers go unoticed then no one else has a chance (Ie. Good luck to Craig Sub and his speaker company).
5. Like others posted the reason DIY designs that cost $2K = $8K commercial products is because our time is free and we have zero overhead costs to associate back to the product.
Now before anyone says why again is this about DIY, I never brought up DIY others keep asking questions and I do not mind answer the questions.
Back to the tweeter design. I still think the tweeter has to have constant directivity (vertical and horizontal) and has to have enough max SPL to handle the dynamics and distances of a HT room.
You find the tweeter that does both and you will have a good start.