Originally Posted by coctostan
Labor? No. CNC time, yes.
Look, I'm a DIYer and I haven't bought retail speakers in years so maybe I'm just off base here. The cost of drivers for these speakers is very similar to the JTR Noesis 212HT which sells for $4400/pair. Of course, JTR doesn't use cutesy binding posts etc which I put little value on but others do. JTR's boxes also aren't curved but are high quality and larger. Then again, this is the only retail speaker I've seen that uses an AMT on a horn so maybe they can charge that premium.
What's the cost of materials for the forum favorite Noesis's? There actually is a market for speakers that look good in a living room. Not everyone would be happy with big black boxes in their living space and many more have demanding careers that don't allow time for DIY.
Would you prefer that high end retail speakers just not be available? A lot of these are small cottage enterprises that often can explore options that otherwise might not be available.
I doubt that Vapor Audio is making a fortune with their small business.
A lot up time is sucked up by the day to day details of just running a business and that must be added to the selling price. At a shop rate of $25>$60/hr. costs rise fast.
Try building a stacked plywood complex curved box. I suspect, CNC or not, it's very time consuming. Also curved boxes will help with stiffness and mitigating internal reflections.
I often wonder if most of these high end builders are like gentleman farmers with independent wealth. The business is just a hobby and a passion.Edited by rajacat - 8/9/13 at 11:40am