Originally Posted by SeattleDavis
Based on our interactions here, I have the greatest respect for your knowledge and judgment in these matters. I don't know if we are headed towards 32 in drivers being normal, but the 24 inch ones seem to be creeping in. For the price of 2 32-inch drivers, I could get a pile of 15 and 18 inch ones. I would need to find people to help evaluate them, but it might be interesting.
There seems to be two camps.
Those that want the best value for the cheapest possible price. The types of people that eat up uber-cheap SI HT-18's like hot cakes, but yet still complain that they are "expensive" or have "less then spectacular results". To the point of nearly bankrupting the series from SI.
[Lots of these people.]
Then there is the camp that is going for sheer/spl/bq/sq or bragging rights. Cost no object (or less of an object) types. The WOW-32 and SI-24 or RF-19 and LMS-18 types.
[A rare few.]
So unless you can prove that it is the "best value per $" or simply "the best", then I'd figure that most people simply "won't care".
and even then, they will DEMAND tech support from you and BQ inspection services (and for you to eat the costs.) They won't want to order it direct from china, it is seen as "too much risk", and they will want free shipping or cheap shipping.
That is assuming you want to get into the audio business.
If you were just getting into it for eval-purposes, I don't think too many would care about the results. Or maybe they would, but would never buy any themselves. (a few might, of course...)
Nothing is stopping a crowd fund of 50 SAB-24's today or 8 months ago when I posted about it. It just requires somebody to either "make it their business" or at the very least... organize a sea-shipping and re-distribution network/warehouse.
The FTW-21 being $840 and the SI-24 being $699.
If it costs more than that, nobody will want it.
(Although the SAB-24 is closer to the performance to that of the SHS-24, which goes for $2500)
Nobody has (yet) put their neck out and done either. Which I don't blame them for, it's super high risk and super costly, and thus a high chance of failure and public ridicule for if/when it fails.
Perhaps someone is (at the very least) waiting for me to test the beast in an actual box first. [Which I will eventually get to, before I die...
For the brief time I've had with the SAB-24 in free-air, I can say it is definitely better than the 21's I have, it could very well be the best driver I own
and WILL EVER own
(That is assuming china can maintain consistent BQ at high volumes. That's a big *IF* though...)
I can't see myself going beyond 24's any time soon, if ever.
They are too big for my current room. It's just not gonna work with my layout.
I've exceeded the capacity of this room as-is.
If I didn't have a decent system already or a bigger room or if I was Bill Gates, it would be an entirely different book...