Originally Posted by Mfusick
A $200 pro audio speaker probably has a $20 tweeter in it, and a $30 woofer.
That might be what the PA vendor pays, but the DIY Guys don't get the bulk price the big vendors negotiate and from parts express to the individual.
As an example --- some discussion about that here:
specifically in this post #83 -
says the compression driver (~tweeter) in the $200 street price Mackie C200 is the Celestion CDX1-1445, to which he furthers cannot be beat significantly for less than $100.
In my own searching I couldn't find a woofer for less than about $100 on parts express that seemed an obvious upgrade from the one that's included in the C200, and tuxedo civic seemed to agree?!?! So in the CD and the woofer you have the whole price of the speaker to a DIY'er - crossover and plastic box are effectively freebies.
Inexpensive PA gear isn't all junk. (FWIW, I too like the Behringer models that people clamor for, a local guy in KC has an all Behringer PA speaker home theater and it's quite fun to watch movies in.
is a well established member on these forums and has had a lot of gear in his own room --- at this time, his all Behringer speaker setup is his favorite setup he's had so far - at least as I understand from what I've read from him. Your claims that only people with limited experience and knowledge would like an inexpensive PA speaker for home audio is false. In saying such you are calling out a lot of people on these forums who have a lot of experiences right alongside the intended target of inexperienced new users)
I've been to a bunch of theaters, including several home theaters of the month. (Post 2 for reference
) I'd conservatively (and obviously subjectively
) put my home theater audio experience in the top 5 I've visited, possibly top 3. And better than any commercial cinema experience I've had yet (aside from screen size).
My 11 speakers are all Mackie C200, which can be purchased from nearly any place on the web for $200 each shipped, and on sale for $160-$180.
In the video below are the Mackie SRM 450 speakers played outdoors at a recent AVSforum g2g in KC. (along with some other DIY offerings) These are the active variant and larger brother to my Mackie C200. I've had these exact SRM 450 in my room - and to my ears they sound pretty much identical/interchangeable to my C200 speakers. I quite honestly don't think I'd even notice if you swapped them out behind my AT screen.
Mackie's passive version of the SRM 450 is the 300z, and can be purchased for $300 each on sale or $350 street price. So for $200-$300 you can indeed get a pretty competent PA speaker. You can hear for yourself they aren't junk in the video. We had several random strangers walk up that day in the park and say Doug's Mackies sounded great.
Are there better speakers? Sure!
Does a better (more expensive) speaker automatically make the home theater experience better? Hell no. I've been in quite a few theaters that placed a lot of money in speakers and delivered an overall lesser audio experience.