Whitneyville wrote:Since I've been around alot, I've pick-up yet another hobby, speaker building. The cabinet building I could handle from working on an old house, but I had to learn the complexities of cross-over building. Thank goodness for some smart people providing freeware computer programs! I've completed one pair and have two more pairs "cooking". Just like with turntables and cartridges, you can do better than a factory for your purposes and tastes. Don't think you'll "save money" building your own speakers any more than building your own turntable, you'll likely spend more, because you have higher expectations. It's still fun to make some sawdust, and listen to something that IF you could buy, would cost three or four times as much as you spent (if your time and effort are free!)
The key is "if your time and effort are free!"
When Dynaco (as one 100% "by others" brand) went to SEAS for their drivers they purchased by the freight-car load. And their fabricator purchased wood products at the same level. With that type of purchasing power, they got what they wanted at the price-point they wanted delivered how they wanted. And never had to employ a designer or operate a warehouse in the process. When Acoustic Research started in the business, they farmed out some of their drivers but very quickly became completely vertically integrated (as one 100% "by us" brand). And in that way they could do exactly what they wanted the way they wanted it. Each brand sold many, many of thousands of speakers over time.
Individuals purchasing everything from drivers to glue at retail cannot compete with that. Nor do they have the engineering capacity to run thousands of tests within a relatively brief period under many different conditions.
Doesn't change the fact that these individuals turn out some wonderful stuff. And I see those efforts as a necessary part of the hobby - as individuals are willing to take chances that no manufacturer (at least these days) can afford to take, and "do-overs" remain free.
Keep up the good work! And try to track and memorialize everything you do! Speakers designed by committee and approved by accountants will all pretty much sound the same. Speakers designed by talented, thoughtful individuals will continue to represent the best that there is to be had.
Melrose Park, PA