Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL
So I know you're busy with many other projects at the moment - namely the ambilight - but I was wondering if you had actually secretly found time to assemble and test this prototype and what you thought of it. I'd love to see what the final results were vs. the free driver measurements (or "cabinet-less" measurements... not sure of the best way to phrase that). The biggest reason, beyond just being curious and interested in your results is I've been considering dropping a fairly large amount in a set of speakers I know will be phenomenal - but this project and a few others on some different sites keep trying to make me give rolling my own a try first.
I guess the biggest issue I have is the drivers I'm looking at have an entry fee of a few thousand - without cabinets being included... so the math is telling me not to bother.
Thought maybe your final impressions on these and how you felt they compared (both objectively and subjectively) to your PSB's might give me the final push I needed in one direction or another!
Yeah, I got a bit too many projects in progress, but I do try to get my project to at least some stage of completion, takes time but will get there
I did complete a test box for the second speakers and I am using them on a daily basis, but it's a bit messy with crossover lying on top etc. Anyway, this measurement is with enclosure (and the other measurements in thread following it) and it's quite good:
I have done some comparisons with a couple of smaller PSB speakers
(I have a pair of Alpha B1 I use for surround). The small PSBs are still larger, so they can play louder and got deeper bass, but in areas like accuracy and imaging the little DIY PC speakers are, to me, much better. So if I had to choose one of those two pairs to live with, I would go with the DIY ones.
However, in general, I would not recommend starting out on a very expensive DIY project, if you'd like to build something, try something much smaller and less expensive first. Also I really would not recommend doing any DIY constructions at all, even well documented ones, without having at least a basic measurement microphone and some software available.
Even I've done many DIY speakers, I have to admit I've never done anything that could match my large PSB speakers, ok, they are ~$6K speakers and I have not tried doing DIY constructions that cost more than maybe $750. But commercial speakers above $5K are in a class where the manufacturer no longer tries to save money on drivers and crossover components, plus the finish and build quality is usually outstanding and they've put a lot of engineering effort into them.
In my experience buying speakers is a bit hit and miss, I believe it takes at least a month of listening to truly get to know a new pair of speakers, a session at a dealer will only give you a quick introduction, so by the time you really know their weaknesses and strengths it's usually too late to return them in case you are not 100% happy. I had a pair of Martin Logans before the PSBs, but I was never really satisfied with them, although I thought they sounded fantastic when I first got them.