I've been doing custom two and three way component front speaker systems in cars for years, but want to try to build some home speakers (MUCH more flexible with enclosure size, etc....you don't understand what a pain in the a$$ car audio installs are!!!). Here is what I have to work with and my concerns with each: 1.) 2 Shivas-side firing or front firing? Yes, I know it would be nice to build two enclosures to test each, but I don't have THAT much time They will be playing up to 100hz if I go three way, 70hz if I go four way...the 100hz concerns me about side-firing because I am afraid it will screw with the imaging. I will be going 2.1 cu. ft. ported and tuned to 25hz...try to talk me into sealed if you like. BTW, each will be getting 100-150 watts. 2.) 2 Audax Aerogel 6.5's. They will either run 100hz-2000hz three way sealed in a .7 cu. ft. enclosure or 70hz-500hz ported (about the same size enclosure). 3.) 2 LPG 2 inch dome mids. These I am not sure if I want to run. The Audax's have sweet midrange, but the LPG's are killer as well. They would run from 500hz to between 2khz and 4khz. I have a cylindrical sealed back enclosure for them that is custom made for their T/S parameters so enclosure is not a problem. 4.) 2 Vifa XT series 1" radiator tweeters. A friend of mine bought some of these last summer and GAWD they sound good!!! Too bad Polk uses them now, but so does Meniscus, so I'm not too concerned with having tweeters the same as a mass market speaker They'll be running 2k-4k on up to whatever. Some dilemmas: 1.) I am thinking of having either a sloped, time aligned front baffle or an angled sideways baffle like NHT's 3.3 for imaging enhancement. Are both of these ideas just gimmicks that won't help much and that my woodworking time shouldn't be spent laboring over, or are either of these a good idea to implement? 2.) Three way or four way? Making crossovers for either design is not a problem, so the only concern is the best midrange possible...I should have mentioned that I want as much midrange as I can get without having to buy more Aerogel 6.5's (too expensive!!! ) 3.) I'm planning on using 1" MDF and extensively internally bracing the enclsosure. I would like to paint the enclosure to look like piano gloss black, but I would like some solid wood side panels for a nice natural look to "contradict" the modern high-gloss black baffle and top finish. Is it impossible to find pieces of solid wood (rosewood, etc.) that are as large as 20" x 48"? I have been told that it would be economically inefficient, so what alternatives do I have? I'm trying to avoid using veneer, but I fear I may have to... If you have any thoughts, please post them as I would like to hear what anyone has to say. Construction starts on Thursday so stay tuned!