Originally Posted by Java
I haven't been keeping up with this thread like I should, so you may have answered this. Shouldn't you let the designers name their own designs? I understand your desire to categorize the designs by price/performance, but that takes away from the individuality of the designers.
Your advantage is that you have a growing group of diverse designers. I feel that by putting their designs under broad labels, you take away from the individuality.
I believe each designer has their own approach (price/value, high end music, etc.) that should stand by itself and then they can categorize their designs.
I agree, but we've overlooked some obvious things......many people coming to the current site don't know who the designers are, or what makes their speaker different than another designers. And it's not a good idea to divide these up based solely on the designer for this website.
The designers can name their designs, but some have names, others don't. Plus we're going to have literally 16 - 20 designs, all with different names, all different prices, all different woofers. Then again some prices are nearly identical, with just different woofers, same everything else. That will always lead to questions and confusion. It's simply too much for the average person to take in and remember. When someone says they ordered the Minion and they liked it, it's going to be difficult to remember and find when looking at that many designs. Plus can you tell what the Minion even is? And the first question a person will ask once they find it: "Erich is the Minion better than the MTG-08, or did a good designer just chose a different priced woofer?"
There's simply no way to describe every speaker separately using fancy terms when there are literally 20 to pick from. It's like going to the store to get a gallon of milk. 2%, skim, whole, and maybe one more. No problem, it's grab and go. But once there's 1%, 2%, 4%, 4.5%, 5%, 7%, 9%, 9.75%, 10% with a twist, 12%, it's just information overload. You can't explain why a model using the 12" Faital Pro is different than a model using a 12" Deltalite when everything else is identical and the prices are nearly the same.
"What model did you buy"
"I bought the Karma-10"
I know it's a 10" woofer, and I can see that it's in the first series very quickly when I go to the site. If I want to know what's a possible upgrade, it's very simple......look at the next series.
Now all that's needed is to describe what puts a speaker in the each series. If the designer wants to add some extra info, obviously they can.
Imagine going to a Chevy dealership and the Buicks, GMC's, and Cadillacs were all mixed in with the regular Chevy's with no different series names. The salesmen would go nuts trying to explain everything.