Sometime within the next 6 months, I should be in the market for a new set of speakers. When I took apart mine, I was very unimpressed by the tweeter. This led me to do some searches on speakers. What I found is generally, the components do not make up a significant cost of speakers.
To this end, I would like to take up a proven DIY design that uses high quality components. I figure that I can get a lot more for my money going this route as I will not be paying for R&D, marketing, ect.
The project would be a large undertaking (for me), so I want to do my research in advance. I will probably find someone to make the cabinets for me, and I will simply be handing assembly.
I think I want to go with a tower speaker, with a driver that can go as low as around 30hz. I would want it to be versatile enough for HT and music, but with a focus on music. I want to stick with a conventional design. I would also like to use some sort of hard wood for construction, if even as an outer shell so that if it gets scratched, I can easily have it refinished.
Does anyone know of any designs like this? Does anyone have experience building their own high quality speakers, what pitfalls did you run into in the process...and most importantly, were you satisfied upon completion?