Originally Posted by Michael Rodriguez
I am looking to build a pair of speakers. I have been looking to build a kit for around $1000. My family and I like to play music in the morning. Rock, jazz, oldies, new music... etc... No real specific genre... When the wife is out of the house I play music and like clarity.
My living room is smaller but I like the look of large speakers and my wife said I can so I am going to!!! So I am looking for floor standers
I really like to have some punch with rock but I also like clarity for jazz, classical, and newer music. My wife likes to walk around a lot while music is playing but I don't think that she is too particular about directivity.
Here are some kits that I have found so far.
$1276 DIYSG Maximus 12
$1100 +SH Statement II
$983 + SH Anthology
$855 + SH Finalist Tower
$1100 Zaph Audio SV12.3
$? DTQWT (I don't know much about them but there is seems to be a lot of builds with this kit. )
I know there are a ton of kits. Are there any that I should be looking into outside of these? I heard that Ryan Bouma (Tuxidocivic) has completed a 3 way kit that could be interesting. DIYSG had an update about putting it on their site.
I will be purchasing a kit in about 2 months so I am starting my research now. Thanks!
I have not heard the DIYSG speakers or the Zaph kit, but have heard good things about them from others I trust.
I built the original Statements (and the Statements center channel) and have heard the Mini Statements which are very similar. For the price, I personally could not be happier with the designs from Curt Campbell/Jim Holtz using those driver combinations. They are very clear, image well, and have excellent dynamics for rock, but also sound great with acoustical music and jazz. The only possible downside is the cabinet construction is a little more involved with the open back midrange chambers and the MTM portion where space gets tight for the ribbon tweeter. You could also make construction simpler by front or rear porting these designs verses the bottom port.
I have not heard the Anthology. They use the same bass drivers, but the midrange and tweeter are different than the Statements models (V1 and V2).
If your space is smaller, I would probably recommend the Mini Statements over the full sized Statements. The full Statements are VERY large and VERY heavy...like coffin sized and well over 100 lbs. each. Sound signature would be very similar with the Mini Statements, but slightly less imposing stature. Mini Statements are still big and still dynamic.
Good luck choosing and have fun building!
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