Driver vs Retail cost


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A post popped up on one of the DIY Audio pages about a speaker that was shown at Axpona this year. The speaker was the Von Schweikert Audio Endeavour SE which retails at £18.5k. It has a Beryllium tweeter, 6” Kevlar mid range, two 7” aluminium woofers and a rear facing ribbon tweeter.

Interestingly they have not bothered to disguise the drivers with proprietary covers or edge trims. So what are they.

The tweeter is a Scanspeak D3004/66400, 26mm Beeyllium dome. £375 each, probably what you would expect.
The Mid is a Hivi L6-4R, £60 each
The Woofers are Dayton Audio RS180, £80 each (2 off)
The rear ribbon tweeter looks like a Fountek CD3.0, £90 each
Total £665 at retail, not including trade or volume discounts.

The crossover is likely to cost another £200-300 if using a few boutique capacitors, so hardware costs around £1k for each speaker (maximum).

Add on the wood, binding posts, filling/batting, manpower and a nice paint job and you are probably at £3-4k per pair of speakers.

OK, you have development costs to amortise and then the manufacturer, wholeseller and retailer profits and you see where the money goes.

Just an example of the economies of speaker manufacturers and why certain forum members push the DIY route.

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