As someone that's been dabbling in the DIY area of open baffle speakers, I look at the offerings here and they are some of the most intelligent and well thought out designs I've come across. Don't get me wrong, I love my fully active OB speakers, but if I were gonna buy some passive speakers, it'd probably be a pair of Prisms or similar. They are so clearly superior to standard box speakers it's a wonder these things are not flying off the shelves. Or maybe they are, I dunno.
Thank you very much, Tyson!
So you're a DIY guy... okay, that explains a lot. Me too, for twenty years or so before crossing over to the "dark side" and becoming a dealer, then later a manufacturer. And now my journey to the Dark Side is... complete. Anyway, you've rolled up your sleeves and gone head-to-head with the issues that a "professional" speaker designer grapples with, so you have a heightened awareness of what might constitute a good solution, even if it's not the solution you have chosen. And in my experience, people who are into it that much
are usually... DIY guys! Guess how many sales I make to DIY guys?? And I don't blame them one bit - there are few things in life as satisfying as creating your own kick-@$$ speakers. Having someone fall in love with a speaker you created enough to vote with their wallet is arguably among those few things... especially if you make enough doing so to pay the bills.
I think one of the barriers I run into is the anti-horn prejudice that most people (including myself!) have. Too many of us have had our ears hurt by harsh prosound horn speakers so we have a hard time completely trusting horns. I get people in my room at audio shows who don't hear any hint of horn coloration, or at least say they don't, but I suspect many of them go home and think about it and figure they better play it safe, maybe it was just that recording
that my speakers didn't honk on. But most of the time I'm playing recordings that other people bring into the room and request, rather than my own selections.
That being said, I think I'm in the sweet spot now... enough orders in the pipeline that I worry more about time than money, but not so many that I can't spend a few minutes on the computer!
It take money to run those glossy ads, lot of BS and showmanship and outrages claims and Duke is not like that.
Obviously you're unfamiliar with my opening post
about the Rhythm Prisms, wherein I claim that they DEFY THE LAWS OF PHYSICS!