Factory Made or DIY

A couple of blogs down I talked about loudspeakers, and alluded to the small but enthusiastic click of hobbyists who choose to make their own, rather than rely on far more expensive commercial designs.

Not all of us are table-saw fiends or skilled designers (few, actually), but when it all comes together you might get something like this. It was produced by two clever Italians, one who built the cabinets, the other who provided the acoustical design skills. And if this looks like a well known and very expensive commercial design, consider that an homage.

Of course, none of us can say by sight just how this actually sounds. The same goes for the custom design in the following blog (which resembles no known commercial speaker--we trust that no aliens were harmed in its construction!). In the case of the model here,the drivers all appear to be top quality Scan Speak units, used only in the most expensive commercial models (both this and the following design use the same Scan Speak ring radiator tweeter).