Originally Posted by tuxedocivic
Why bother with the ceramic at all? They're priced great (see my comment above), but if the plastic is even cheaper, why not just jump straight to the plastic and forget about the ceramic. The fibreglass are grade A units for those that want that, and plastic will appeal to the budget guys (me). Where is the need for the ceramic ones? Won't making 3 different models increase the cost overall?
If you go back quite a few pages you'll see the price quotes to do plastic. 1 model for over $25k. I think it was $28k for the SEOS-12, no other model. Injection molds are very.......very expensive.
The poured models are at least least 1/2 the price of fiberglass, some closer to 1/3 the price. And we can do more than one design.
I think all of them have their pluses and minuses. IF I can get the SEOS-12 done in plastic, it would allow people to get them for less than the QSC model currently sells for. It's the size most people said they would want. I also think it will be really easy for the average person to mount and use. Very clean edges and hopefully I can get some gaskets cut to match them as well.
The poured models are very solid and hopefully all sizes will be available. Pricing is decent and cheaper than fiberglass. I'm not too worried about the extra shipping weight because there isn't much difference between 5 lbs and 15 lbs when dealing with FedEx. My guess is that shipping will be nearly identical because the box is fairly large compared to the weight, which means you have to go by package dimensions anyway. They won't ship a huge box with only 1 pound in it for the price of a small 1 pound box. Most of the fiberglass ones were light weight, but because of the box size, it could be either 3 pounds in that box or 15 and the price will be the same.
The fiberglass ones no doubt will be the top of the line product. You can pick your color and they have a very nice gloss finish, etc. I'd say they were the luxury edition and certainly have their place.
If I was building for my livingroom, and wanted the best looking waveguide out there, the extra price for the fiberglass models will still appeal to me.