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Old 11th August 2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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Hey,
What would be the best type of speaker to build for a first time project?
I'm currently studying sound design technology at uni, I'm just about to enter my final year. I decided I want to build a speaker for my final major project.
But I dont really know where to start, or what would be the best type.
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Old 11th August 2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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Something really big with lots of subwoofers, woofers, midranges and tweeters.

Roxy, it would be easier for us if you outline a few things first. We need to know about your musical taste, loudness, room size, amplifiers, box size, budget and the all important SAF.
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Something really big with lots of subwoofers, woofers, midranges and tweeters.


but this being the Full Range Forum, we'd have to suggest a line array of 25 Alpair 5 per side, or such

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Roxy, it would be easier for us if you outline a few things first. We need to know about your musical taste, loudness, room size, amplifiers, box size, budget and the all important SAF.
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Old 12th August 2010, 01:38 AM   #5
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What would be the best type of speaker to build for a first time project?
Something simple and inexpensive, but still has high potential for sounding halfway decent. Go for a sealed two way with a 1.5" tweeter and a 6~8" woofer.

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I'm currently studying sound design technology... I decided I want to build a speaker for my final major project.
"Senior project" suggests you ought to be exploring something above the basics. Are you trying to develop your woodworking skills, while applying some math and theory? Study the horn loading theory, then design and build a folded one. Do your interests lean more towards circuits? Build a multi-way, and design a crossover network (there's another forum for that). What exactly does "sound design technology" mean? Is that sound systems for commercial venues? Maybe you should be researching line arrays. Does "technology" imply the less common speaker designs? Can you build a DIY planar loudspeaker (either magnetic or electrostatic)?
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Old 12th August 2010, 08:02 PM   #6
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Hey,
What would be the best type of speaker to build for a first time project?
I'm currently studying sound design technology at uni, I'm just about to enter my final year. I decided I want to build a speaker for my final major project.
But I dont really know where to start, or what would be the best type.
Thanks in advance
Roxy
Wouldn't it be best to start with what you have learned in your studies? Perhaps you could come up with some general principles that you wish to apply to the design of your project and what the result might look like. Then come back and ask for help with the practical aspects of design and construction.

Not only will that contribute more to your education, but it will probably also generate a much more enthusiastic response from the people on this board than the standard "What should I build?" question.
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Old 12th August 2010, 09:24 PM   #7
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I think you want to try something like a horn. But if you haven't got any real woodworking skills it might be somewhat difficult i think.
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Old 12th August 2010, 10:03 PM   #8
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>but this being the Full Range Forum, we'd have to suggest a line array of 25 Alpair 5 per side, or such.......

How about this?
The Murphy Corner-Line-Array Home Page

Active equalization and time domain processing thru the Behringer DEQ2496 would let you play with sound design.
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a line array of 25 Alpair 5 per side, or such.......
And that wouldn't cost like a decent car?
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