Originally Posted by acribb
Thanks again for the responses.
I find it interesting that HTM12 speakers or any DIY speakers for that reason can be sound better than production speakers made with economies of scale. I'm slowly becoming a believer.
Would the HTM10's act as good back and side surround speakers or should I be looking into the Volt 8LX speakers? How about for my 2 Atmos speakers in the ceiling? Would it be worth it to squeeze two HTM10 speakers up into the ceiling or should I go with Volt 6 speakers in the ceiling angled toward the MLP?
Quite often, sales, marketing, and management has more to do with the design of a commercial speaker than engineering. It has to meet a price point, it has to fit within a product lineup. Actual performance may not have much to do with it.
DIY can't beat the cheapest mass production speakers at price, when the commercial products are made with economies of scale and cheap foreign labor. But they certainly can beat them at performance. So there is a certain minimum budget you have to spend to get in the DIY sweet spot.
High end commercial audio is just as boutique as DIY, and a lot of your money goes to pay the marketing department, sales guys, and for a fancy finish on the cabinet or custom matching drivers. DIY is a little more limited in some ways, generally using off-the-shelf components. You'll see plenty of designs where the drivers don't cosmetically match each other perfectly.
However Erich has done a number of custom drivers for different DIYSG speakers, works with great engineers, and creates great products. And DIYSG, and most DIY designs period, outperform anything at the same price point.
DIY audio is driven by love of the hobby, not the bottom dollar.