How do you know if DIY is for you? I'm want to upgrade my HT (if I can call it a HT), but I'm too lazy to go around everywhere and find places/people who have the speakers I'm interedted in and I'll most likely just get Ascend 340's or Axioms or rockets w/o listening first. Now- if I'm going to buy sight unheard, I'm wondering if I can save money and get something that sounds just as good by building it myself. I'm not going to design anything- so I'd go with a readily available or purchasable design. I know everyone has a different idea of what sounds good and all that BS- but can a first-timer get a sound comparing to an Ascend or Axiom by DIYing it....... or will you most likely get something that sounds like crap because you put it together wrong, or wired it wrong, or the kit/ design just plain sucks? I don't have a ton of tools, so that'd have to be factored into the equation. If you have to build your own cabinets to get a great sounding speaker for a great price, but you need a table saw, mitre saw, router, band sander, and a whole list of tools that isn't going to help me. I'm looking at spending $1,500 for the package. Or at least for the LCR speakers. I DO have some technical skill as well as some skill with paint and finishes. One of my hobbies is (thought I haven't had the time to work on them) is computer case modding and I can do a darn good gloss paint finish. I think you get my point by now. If all I need as a rotator saw and a few clamps to make a great speaker for a great cost, then cool. If I need a room full of power tools then I think I'll have to go the internet direct route.