J. L. - I REALLY hope I didn't belittle your undertaking or accomplishments in any way; that was certainly not my intent. I say, "Bravo!" to you for undertaking this, and "Good call!" as well.
Originally posted by J. L.
I did a lot of reading and learned that the Audax design was considered pretty decent. (Joe D'Appolito designed the set of Home-Theater speakers)
D'Appolito's design is beyond decent - it is superior to most of what's commercially available - especially in the price range we're talking about here. I'm absolutely certain your end result will give you much, much pleasure.
(But all things are relative, and once you've "tasted" Maggies, there's just no going back...)
I learned I could save quite a bit of money by building the speakers myself and the result would be superior to anything I could purchase for the same amount as I would spend on materials.
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Since this was my first speaker project, I am not in a position to counter the anyone's claim that my project would sound worse than most commercially purchased (and professionally engineered) speakers. I personally doubt it.
I not only doubt it, I am certain of it. The mark-up on speakers is obscene
! Anyone who has ever sold speakers at Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. can attest to the fact that the profit margin is 50% or higher. Then there's the fact that the retailer does not buy them from the manufacturer, but rather from a distributor (and there can be more than one level of middleman, too, each of whom marks up the price and takes a profit. The manufacturers, themselves, are making a good profit to begin with, and they have to pay for manufacturing equipment, labor, and design costs. So, with volume discounts on components, you can safely assume that those $1000 speakers at C-City represent < $100 worth of parts. Keep in mind, too, that until you get into the extreme high end, where cost is no object, manufacturers like Bose, Polk, Paradigm, etc. have the added business considerations of hitting a certain retail price-point, and they are forced to make compromises in order to meet them.
Even without having heard your speakers, I'd put your DIY D'Appolitos head-to-head against ANY commercially available speakers selling for twice the price
I can tell you that the Audax Center Channel sounds pretty darn good, better than most I've seen at Circuit-City, Best-Buy, or Now-Audio. Voices are very clear and distinct.
I can't imagine C-City selling anything that would surpass your DIY's unless it cost 4X as much, or more.
Is a "planar" style of speaker a good candidate as a "center channel?" Probably not. Too directional.
That's exactly why the Maggie center channel speaker is curved. Is it a good choice? Absolutely. I don't want to hijack this post into an evangelism of Magneplanars, so I'll just post this link to a very thoughtful, interesting and well written review of Magnepan's home theater system
and I'll leave it at that.
Would they work in my room as L/R speakers? No. Not enough room to space them alongside of the screen AND away from the walls.
Well said, and that is precisely why Maggie's aren't for everybody. (But they are
speaker for me.
As to the merits of DIY speakers, if you're not going Maggie, it is (IMO) the *only* way to go...