This is a question I have been pondering for quite some time. Why are some speakers so expensive? Is it the quality of the drivers used? The cross-over being implimented? The construction quality of the cabinet? It seems to me that most people could save thousands of dollars by building their own speakers and finishing them to their liking. An Adire Audio K281 kit sells for under $400 a pair and that includes the cross-over. I have heard these speakers being compared to the B&W N805 which is considerably more expensive. So why pay more for a speaker when you can buy a kit a build speakers that will produce the same sound quality? I ask this because I am going to be buying a new set of speakers and was looking into a relativly expensive 7 channel paradigm set. all studio series: 100 for front, cc for center, adp for side surround, 40 for rear surround.