Originally Posted by dallas27
I think that's a bit elitest.
People into to model airplanes start off with whole airplanes, then move to more complicated kits, then get into custom builds.
People into cars buy cars first, maybe a kit car along the way, and end up into customizing and restoring.
If DIY subs are ever going to be done by a lot of people, the barrier to entry must be broken down. Few people want a hobby that requires so much self schooling up front with no quick payoff.
All i'm saying is that there would be a lot more DIY people if there was some easily accessable information availble to get into quickly and easily. After the first build or two, people will go deeper. No different than any other hobby. And FWIW, most DIY are technically hobbyists, and a lot of business come from hobby's. So, yes, DIY is a business, or at least a common precursor.
Elitist? If anything it is the opposite. I said most, and unless you can prove me otherwise, I will continue to believe so. Sure there are a few folks who make DIY a business, but IMO, once they do that, it really isn't DIY anymore. Then they are doing it for others, for profit. That isn't DIY.
And no, I don't buy your example there. Most DIYers that I see are engineers, scientists, crafty, or they have some technical background/upbringing. Most of them do not go into DIY with the intention of ever making it a business. They do it because they enjoy building stuff with their hands, learning/researching about audio, or simply getting more performance for their $$$.
And I disagree. From reading forums such as these, people aren't unwilling to DIY because they have to do a bit of reading, they'd just rather pay some company to do all of the work for them, even if it means getting less performance. They either don't have the skill, the tools, or the time.
If someone has the least bit of desire to go into DIY, the lack of a single comprehensive source of DIY information won't stop them. We all aren't on some mission to convert everyone to DIY. Either they are willing or they aren't. If they want a lot of information about it, they can search this forum or Google. Believe it or not, DIY subwoofer/speaker searches on Google will bring up tons of stuff.