A good friend of mine (Hans) finally caught the audio bug after watching me buy equipment (and listening to my system) for the last 4 years. He wanted to save money and wanted as easy a kit as possible. I showed him a good 6 or 7 different kits from different websites, and he chose the CSS Criton 1TD kit because of the recent great reviews and the easy to assemble flat pack. [It turns out he's all thumbs and wanted my help (7 or so thumbs) to put them together for him. He agreed to ply me with fresh roasted coffee beans (YES!), his wife's delicious cooking, and multiple servings of apple cake. How could I say no?
Well, it was my first time assembling kit speakers for someone other than myself, so I took it slow and easy lest I screw it up. However, the flat packs were very easy to glue together, the upgraded - already assembled
- XOs were a snap, and everything fit as designed. Let's just say this is one easy pair of speakers to put together. I burned the speakers in for a solid 250 hours before I was satisfied that the caps were in that happy place. There were several times during burn in where they sounded pretty goofy and I didn't want to turn the speakers over to my friend only for him to think there was something wrong with what I had done.
Anyway, once they had burned in, they sounded excellent. I used four different amps on them to test how they sounded (D Sachs Kootenay 120, IceEdge 1200as2 amp, Folsom's little chip amp, and Nuprime IDE-8). They sounded great with all four. Yes. There were differences, but I could happily listen each time. My friend had bought a Nuprime ID-8 because he really liked the one I own, so it was important that his new speakers sound good on that amp - and they do
His speakers are not yet finished as they haven't been veneered or painted. Hans and I will tackle this some time next year.
It's not all wonderful as I do have a criticism or two. The included instructions were pretty limited. If I hadn't already assembled two speaker kits, I would have been in trouble on a couple points. [If Hans had tried to build the kit, he would have been lost.] The braces are triangular rather than the more common rectangular shapes (not sure I like the triangles). The included foam sheets must be cut up and glued to the MDF. I would have preferred to use NoRes or similar product.
The price with upgraded XOs and flat packs was just under $1000. There is no way you can walk into a store with a thousand dollars and buy a pair of two-way monitors that sound this good. My friend and his wife are delighted with how great these speakers sound.
All in all, you've created a great pair of speakers, Kerry. I'm impressed, and my friends are very happy with their new system.