Nick - I purchased 2 x FA253 with a remote and remote control kit for EUR 886 which is ~$1,033 including shipping. Super nice speakers by the way. I love the finish and driver selection!
My thought process was that I was looking at a DAC for $300 and was going to spend another $300 on a DIY amp add shipping and thats $650. I’m looking to get a speaker kit and crossover parts upgrades are also expensive. Additionally, I need my gear to work at 110v and 220v which these amps do very well. Plus I can sell my current Marantz receiver. It is pretty close to being even on the cost front if you are building from scratch or are upgrading. The parts which are Ncore amps (6ch), AKM DAC, and DSP are priced very competitively.
As for the speaker, I’ll give Rick a lot of room to be creative but in general like what I’ve read of the SB Ceramic builds and trust Ricks review of the BZ tweeter. I also would like to try an AE TD8M. Maybe a mtm mm with 4” and 8” drivers or a tm mm. I’m sure Rick already has something in mind which takes advantage of the active approach.
A little about me, I’m currently living in India where I’ll spend the next year. I’ve been here for the last two years with my family. In year three, I’m going it alone. So I’m getting back to my audio hobby to pass the time. I’ve built GR Research Neo 3 TL in the past and currently have a Salk WOW1. I really like the WOW1 but it runs out of steam for all my uses which include Music, TV and gaming. I’ve also found a cabinet builder from Germany which can build anything. So complex cabinets are a possibility. I’ll probably have them finished in Gunmetal metallic gray automotive paint. In India anything which in manually labor intensive is very inexpensive. I’ve considered translam builds etc. Not exactly sure how it will turn out...