Lets work out the difference between using LOR CCRs and DIY solutions for creating a 12 strip tree which many are building this year LOR Solution
12 x LOR CCRs
= 12 x $249.00 Total $2988.00
*Note Shipping costs, LOR S3 Advanced version, superstar addon and dongles not included in this cost DIY Solution
12 x 2811 strip
= 12 x $36.00 = $432.00
2 x 12vdc 350 watt PSU
= 2 x $20.00 = $40.00
1 x ECG-P12R E1.31 pixel controller
= 1 x $170.00
plus sundaries like case and plugs = $100.00
Copy of LSP sequencing software
Advanced version = $249.00
(note e1.31 coms does not require a dongle) Total = $991.00
* Note shipping costs have not been included. Shipping costs from Ray Wu can be combined which dramatically reduces the shipping costs.
DIY and LOR have both pros and cons with some mentioned below
LOR has very good warranty and backup
LOR is plug and play
LOR CCRs come as a complete package
LOR have good quality products.
LOR is much more expensive but requires less investment in time and knowledge.
DIY requires a bigger investment in learning and time to put together
DIY has less warranty support than LOR
DIY strip quality appears similar to LOR CCRs
The 2811 strip has better dimming than the CCR
DIY has great support via the forum
So as you can see there is a big difference in price between LOR and DIY but at the same time there is a big difference in the time and knowledge needed to do DIY compared to LOR. So a decision must be made what is valued most, time or money.
(Note, these saving are similar when dealing with 2811 pixel strings compared to CCB)