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Old 15th October 2008, 07:13 AM   #1
afunkymonk is offline afunkymonk  Hong Kong
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Hi all

I'm slowly working my way through a wealth of material - Dave's planet 10, the excellent pages on Martin's Quarter Wave site, the full range forum and of course here.

I am trying to put together some high quality hifi for myself - I live in Hong Kong, and hifi is either mass produced or extreme high end, in either case overpriced.

I am thinking about building a gain clone as my amp, with the next stage being perhaps a valve-based preamp. I would like to build some speakers - the single full range driver appeals due to its simplicity and lack of crossover.

Can anyone suggest a floorstanding design which uses a full range driver which would be realistic to build without sophisticated shop machinery - I like the look of the frugel-horn, but the cutting angles difficult with just a jigsaw.

Obviously, it would need to sound incredible...

Thanks for your patience - I'm trying to read as much as I can about this, but it's overwhelming to begin with

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Old 15th October 2008, 08:24 AM   #2
Brisso57 is offline Brisso57  Australia
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What is the max size of speakers you could tolerate? your sig other could tolerate?


A speaker-builder's parable: "That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle of all."
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Old 15th October 2008, 10:34 AM   #3
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Speakers can be placed in corners 350cm apart or against a wall. One corner has a window starting at around a metre off the floor. A floor stander somewhere between 100 - 130 cm with a foot print no larger than say 40cm by 30 cm would probably have most acceptance factor, but open to ideas.

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Old 15th October 2008, 02:15 PM   #4
kontr is offline kontr  Greece
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What about an hybrid (like a 8” full and 15” woofer in OB). That sounds good and to easy to make.
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Old 15th October 2008, 04:59 PM   #5
Godzilla is offline Godzilla  United States
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Why not a BIB or a Voigt Pipe? They are easy to build and sound great with full range drivers.

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Old 15th October 2008, 05:32 PM   #6
kristleifur is offline kristleifur  Iceland
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Cyburgs Needle is a great first build:


Small, simple, easy cuts, looks good.

It's not the "ultimate" speaker, though. It only sounds very, very good - it doesn't go loud enough for parties. That said, my next build is a BiB or one of MJK's Open Baffle designs.
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Old 4th November 2008, 12:45 PM   #7
afunkymonk is offline afunkymonk  Hong Kong
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I've managed to find a local supplier who can supply and cut the wood for what ever I need. Other manufacturing issues would seem to be equal at this point.

Looking at the versitilty aspect, I think that corner horns might be out. I think I'm trying to decide between MJK's ML TL for FE206E and Scottmooses Half Chang design for FE207.

Both of these designs meet SOAF requirements and both seem to have good feedback from those who have built them.

They will be driven by a squeezebox into a non-inverted gainclone, with perhaps the addition of a tube buffer/preamp sometime in the near future (it's addictive this...)

As always, any advice gratefully received.
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