Hi to all: Have been reading this forum with interest, as I like DIY projects. Am thinking about starting a DIY speaker project to start replacing my beginner HT set-up. However, I have a general question for which I hope to get some balanced answers. Looking at the price for the Adire 281 Kit, which is $369 without cabinets. I am guessing well-made cabinets can add $100 - 200 to this, bringing total up to $500 or so. I have listened to tower speakers (e.g., JBL) in this price range that sound awefully d%*^ good. Hence, where does the "value" come in? I keep hearing that DIY offers better value than buying from a manufacturer. Other than the satisfaction of knowing you built your own speakers, where is the value? Is it that a $500+ DIY kit sound as good as a $1,000 speaker? I have never listened to speakers this expensive so I woudn't know. Please note that I am not trying to question anyone's decision to do DIY...I am just trying to understand the benefits it would provide to me to invest such a substantial amount of money yet still have to build the speaker myself (vs. just buy it from a store). Thanks for all your help.