Quoted from CNKay:
That is pretty funny. They are just selling better drivers but not really addressing poor sound issues at all. Namely speakers are drivers in a specifically engineered enclosure. Be it it totally sealed or tuned port. Running any driver in open air in a JOKE really. To call it pro or Hi Fi all BS.
Go to the library and grab a couple books on building speakers. Just making enclosures properly sized for the specific driver can make a huge difference. And may cost you next to nothing if you have the right materials.
You notice these awesome subs! Enclosed.
What you are comparing to is a much higher wattage application. In this case of pinball the wattage is very low. The speakers function perfectly fine, especially because they are designed specifically for this application, efficiency and flexibility are all considerations when designing our speakers. This "open air" application is common in many industries, especially in marine subwoofers. "Open air" does not mean you can just lay the speaker on the table and play it. It still requires separation of the front and rear of the speaker. In this case the enclosed backbox, and the cabinet function as the enclosure.
Your opening statement is correct, these are "just better drivers" designed to enhance the performance of the existing sound system by adding control, balance, and crossovers to filter sound. No a speaker replacement does not address increasing the quality of the soundboard. However yes we address poor sound quality, our friends at PINSOUND have created just this and they have been using Pinball Pro speakers since inception. So by all means if you want to increase the sound quality to the max, you will need both!
In closing, as many have said, you can absolutely make your own. You will not find a speaker like ours because we have made them specifically for this application, using trial and error in design we are very happy with our speakers. I would add if you build your own kit with quality speakers and include everything you receive in a kit you are not likely to save much, especially if you count time. Or if you misjudge the correct speaker to buy and have to start over. But sometimes it just fun to experiment and do your own thing. Markmon is a good resource here, as well as Korn.
There are many mods out there and you can build on your own, many prefer to eliminate the guess work and purchase a finished product. Either way is good, it's just pinball, as long as you have fun!
For the record I am always trying/testing new things, and many times the results are less than desirable. I built an Ironman with new back box speakers and a new sub, put a high powered amp in. I was convinced it would be awesome.......I managed to work out most of the rattles, but bulbs were popping out, and shit was shaking loose. Was like a 72 Monte Carlo with subs in the trunk, it was just too much. It was tearing the game up, it was loud as hell, neighbors could hear the game, ultimately decided it was not worth it, but it sure was fun!