Originally Posted by Cichlid109
I agree the Volts are amazing I have the 6's they are no joke. My only point the OP said 350 not 400 he said it was for playing music at parties. There is no doubt that the Volt 10 will perform but this is a college setting not at home odds are they will be moved around not like at home where once we set them up they stay there. I was young a few years back why spend all of his budget if he does not need to. The reviews on some of the PA speakers was pretty amazing some were so impressed they were using them as their entire home theater set up only thing added was the subs. I just think if it were me and I was in my 20's if 350 is all I have to spend there is no point in looking if it costs more. All the ideas are fine I just think he was specific with his budget and I think it would be better to stay within the budget then go in a direction where the funds may not be available. Its real easy to spend someone else's money its harder to spend your own.
I get that he has a budget, but we're all just trying to give him the best advice we can.
In his original post (importantly, on the DIY Speakers and Subs forum), the following things he said stick out to me:
"have a desire to build an in-home speaker set up."
"I want to be able to build something worthwhile, just for as little as I can."
"I have a good background in woodworking and circuitry"
"hoping to spend less than $350 on the speakers themselves."
That doesn't seem like a hard budget to me. I hoped to spend much less on my setup, every step of the way, but I prioritized building something worthwhile, like him, and stretching the budget a reasonable amount is worth it.
Did OP say they would be moved around or at risk of being damaged frequently? I know you're trying to give him good advice too, but I'm not sure those assumptions should be made. He could put grills on them, or build handles into them, if necessary. That's the beauty of DIY. If he is willing to stretch his budget to the Volt-10s, I think it's well worth it, and I think any potential issues with the setting they will be in can be dealt with easily enough.
I know you said you have Volt-6s, as do I, but if you haven't heard the Volt-10s yet, forget what you know about the Volt-6s. The 10s are in another world. I am blown away by their performance. If he builds a pair and can protect them, he can, and will almost certainly want to, keep them for as long as possible. They are truly impressive.