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You may be idly speculating on the low side.....

Dynaudio Esotar or Scanspeak Revelator tweeters alone have a retail price that exceeds $1,000 per pair. The 5 and 6" drivers are pretty spendy as well. Crossovers may cost quite a bit of money in SOTA speakers with each capacitor costing over $100, spendy inductors and esoteric wire.

As far as cabinets go, the quality is on the inside moreso than the outside, so I am not sure how a comparison can be made between a Parts Express crafted cabinet and one from the shop of Aerial Acoustics. My car has four wheels and an engine and the same length and width as a Ferrari, but a Ferrari it is not.

I would challenge you to make a two-way compact speaker using SOTA parts for less than $3800. No doubt, you could make quite a nice speaker for $800, but I don't think that it would be challenging the big boys, IMHO.

Edits: 02/12/17

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