Originally Posted by NWCgrad
Prices of the 2226 nearly doubled with the move, must be due to the higher labor wages in Mexico as compared to California.
I spoke to a guy from JBL about that, and they decided that since their woofers were so good, and they had patents and intellectual property involved in the development and manufacture it was a smart move to raise the price.
The thinking was by making a good driver more expensive, it promotes additional value in their MFG made products. That was actually the goal of the change.
That is why if you try to DIY a 4722 you really don't save much. Considering the research, design and measurement acumen of JBL, it's basically not worth it.
I'm still going to do it, but I am not normal.
That parts prices were set up in a way so they basically come close to about what the products they use cost, it was intentional. The goal of JBL was not to sell parts. They spent a lot of time and effort designing products and making them easier to manufacture, so that's the primary business.
When I DIY a 4722 clone I want to do it sealed (baffle wall, no need for BSC circuits) and I want to use a top end that's smoother/more extended. That's really the only two reasons I would see in even trying to DIY it. Otherwise just buy it and be done.
I am with you, it sucks that 2226 is $505 each now.
You can get used ones or recones really cheap ($150?) and they measured ok for me.
I still liked the TD15 better if you consider the midrange.
If only wanted midbass, make it big, port it, and the 2226 just romps like king kong. It's also a driver you can pound on and it only sounds better. Kind of like those guitar cabs where they break up in a nice way, adding to the experience. 2226 can take a serious beating without sounding terrible.
The woofers in the 4722 are a small step down from the 2226, but basically similar.