Originally Posted by _tk
That's the mid so I don't necessarily mind it being an $18 part. He chose good speakers where it counted (woofer and tweeter)...along with the crossovers that he's so skilled at.
I'd rather have the money put toward the important components, which he did with the BMR. If an $18 mid compliments those, that's fine.
I do understand and am not just arguing for the sake of it.
You have a valid point... but the upgrade towards a mid level woofer and subsequent XO optimization adds another, say, $300 to the cost of the pair. A premium woofer makes it a 1600 pair, perhaps. In either case, what does that do to the potential sales? I can't speak for Rick or his design goals there, but if he made that driver choice out of interest in having a pair at the $1000 price point, and he, like Dennis, skillfully integrated the drivers with a well optimized XO, and the performance meets or exceeds his goal for the product: success! Much like my inquiry about the Illuminoso Kit and potentially replacing the Satori Be Tweet with the Raal 70-20XR, he quoted me the cost of goods increase as well as cost to modify the XO.
On the other hand, I think a midrange driver is exceedingly important in a 3-way build: not a place to skimp for the sake of saving money on a build. Is it possible to put a low-cost dayton in place, as opposed to an accuton, in one of Salk's speakers? What if the BMR were redone with the same BG mid from the Phil 3, or the opposite... put a Dayton in there? (Yes, I'm being a little hyperbolic in those examples.) I think it's important to trust in the execution. If you looked at the FR of a BMR or a Salk build, and everything was flat except for the mids... you'd be like, "what the hell?!" That's the skill and execution of the designer. That's as much a factor in the cost of the final product as the COGS alone.
And then... if you want to step up and customize that build, or go to the next level, both Jim and Rick, I'm certain, would find a way to make that a possibility.
This is just my opinion. YMMV.