My DIY 2.2 A kit arrived today. I was initially concerned about damage because the outer too-large and too thin Amazon box was pretty beat up. But, like most of the Chinese speakers I have seen, the Swans box & packing inside is very sturdy and well thought out. So, no worries unless it is extremely mishandled.
Everything is in separate boxes or pouches and very well labeled. The instructions are 9 pages, pretty detailed, and all in English. Perhaps not perfect English only because a few of the technical terms seem strange, but carefully written and easily understood. It describes crossover and cabinet construction in some detail.
A couple of surprises: I had assumed the black vinyl wrap would be pre-applied, it is not, but comes in a roll, and brief instructions just say to paste it on with glue. This is probably the right way to do it, because you can sand the MDF edges to get them right, but it is a new skill for me to acquire. The instructions point out that this gives you the opportunity to apply another kind of simulated finish.
I wish there was more detail on cutting and applying the vinyl wrap, google search in order.
Similarly, the grill cloth is provided in a roll and you stretch and glue it to the frame yourself.
The crossover is un-assembled, and they give you the values for each of the components suggesting you can upgrade them to higher quality parts of equal value if you wish.
From the Manual: SUGGESTED TOOLS and Needed SUPPLIES: Wood clamps, Wood glue, Diagonal Pliers (to cut wire), Hammer, Scissors, Solder, Soldering Iron, Allen Wrench, Phillips Screwdriver, Brush, Sandpaper.
The HiVi LB-D6.8 IIB Mid/Woofer and LB Q1R tweeter look very well constructed. The cabinet is heavy MDF, 3/4" thick all around. Careful removing it from the box no to damage the mitered pointy edges.
The photos show the use of bar clamps for assembling the cabinet, the center brace going in first to hold things steady. With the mitered edges, perhaps ratcheted band clamps would work even better. I hope that sounded expert because I did not know what that was until 20 minutes ago.