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In Reply to: RE: You have a valid point, and that is exactly why.... posted by TWB on April 07, 2021 at 14:46:28
Particle board is denser than real wood and thus dampens unwanted cabinet vibration much more effectively than real wood. The cost of working with particle board is cheaper and the savings are usually put into driver or crossover upgrades or in lower prices.
Everyone has different preferences but I choose speakers for how they sound and not on how they look.
first and foremost. Rather than particle board I should have said MDF. That being said, you still can't find an entry level speaker with wood veneer at the price point that I mentioned. It's all vinyl wrapped crap...
I prefer my speakers wrapped in real wood veneers that actually look and feel like wood. But you have spend thousands now if you want that.
It's the same issue with furniture, musical instruments, and anything else made with quality hardwoods.
No, you dont have to spend thousands. Check out Tape Ease.
I was thinking commercially produced speakers. It seems like everything under a few grand is wrapped in laminates, although now you're making me wonder why.
If you don't need fancy, it looks like there are multiple options on that Tape Ease web site that would cost <$50 per pair of standmounts and <$100 per pair of small to medium floorstanders. If I assume a 6x markup from manufacturer cost to retail price, that's still not that expensive. I would certainly pay the difference for veneer. It's only the exotics that get really expensive.
Perhaps it's just that people prefer a laminate with a fancy pattern and gloss coat over a more traditional wood veneer.
Ahh, OK. You were talking about buying commercial. I always think DIY. I have been buying from Tape Ease for years. A great company to deal with. 4x8 sheets of veneer come rolled up in a long (4 ft.+) box, about 6" square. I pull out the veneer, and lay it on the floor for a few days to help release the curve. One sheet will typically do a pair of floor standing speakers.
Vintage and used... Most of the time the build quality is better. I haven't auditioned a speaker lately that tempted me to buy it. I can get more for my money on the used market.....
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