I lost last weekend from the site going down and couldn't do much. The Fusion-8's and center will be going back up.
HTM-6: The designer and I talked about the cheaper version of that speaker (HT-6). It would use a 6" Celestion and the same compression driver as the rest of the HT models. That would make them significantly cheaper than the neo magnet 6" Eminence and overkill compression driver used in the current HTM-6. I also wondered if we should just make it fit in an angled enclosure for surrounds. We're just not sure because the HTM-6 rarely got built and we don't really know why. Too expensive? Too tall? No angled surround? Not sure.
While debating the HT-6 we wondered if more people would be interested in bringing back the Fusion-6 MT and MTM instead of the HTM-6 or HT-6???
Basically we've come to a point where we're not exactly sure what people want. Unfortunately the more kits that get done as a shot in the dark and don't break even on cost, the more money is taken away from other projects that people might want. Fusion-4, Fusion-6, HTM-6, Marksman, Ares, Marksman Pro, Maximus-12, Magnum-12, Titan-615, Cinema-10, 893, Concentric-8, Continuum, Beta Vee, and some others never broke even on cost.
Having said that, I know we need to get some smaller kits done. There were plans to redo the Fusion-8's with a new woofer and the SEOS-8 back in late 2017. That's why I didn't get more flat packs cut for the originals. As many of you know the designer (Jeff) had some big health issues and got a kidney transplant so it wasn't done in 2018. Another speaker designer could have reworked the kit, but I didn't feel like that was the right thing to do.
Curt and I thought the 8" Cobalt MT and MTM's would do good and people would consider them as an alternative because there were many people asking for a high sensitivity dome tweeter speaker kit. MT, MTM, center channel, and a matching angled surround were done. 100 flat packs for each of those....excited to get them on the site.......I think only 10 kits total have been built in one year.
Break even point: maybe 25 years at the current rate.
That's why we're all kind of cautious and debate what new models to do or which originals should be revamped. But I don't like to just sit and stagnate either. So there will be more small, big, and crazy kits done either way.