Originally Posted by klimo
Curious how the DIY guys would compare these to the HT and HTMs or the old Fusions. Could be a nice alternative.
Originally Posted by Dave in Green
I believe the DIYSG designs use higher quality drivers and certainly have more sophisticated crossovers specifically designed for home use as opposed to pro use like the Behringers are.
It's all buried in old threads with too many comments to sort through, but I did bring the B215XLs with me to an AVS GTG and we auditioned them vs. some heavy-hitting "pro" home theater speakers but also against a DIYsoundgroup SEOS design.
Long story short is the Behringers were surprisingly close to the SEOS DIY design, overall. During that GTG they did not have the advantage of a subwoofer to fill out the bass.
Basically yes, a DIY build will likely spec out a better compression driver and put in a better crossover. Also likely a more capable woofer and a lower port tune.
In particular a DIY design would aim to lower the crossover point to something closer to 1000 Hz, for better overall dispersion characteristics. I did this by converting the Behringers to an active crossover and they had the headroom to do it, but I get why for a commodity PA speaker Behringer decided to make the 15" woofer do all the dirty work.
Anyhow, one of the great things about the Behringer is the cabinet, for numerous reasons (curved baffle, integrated horn, one-piece construction, all-black, compact for a 15" with horn, accommodates mounting) and overall the value for a "turnkey" solution is there.