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skeeter99 16th March 2012 12:43 AM

Alpair12 Bookshelf Options
Well I've thoroughly enjoyed my SuperPensil12's but I'm going to pick up a set of speakers Saturday that will be my primary speakers since I do mostly HT, Klipsch La Scala's. I know Klipschs aren't for everyone but I really like the sound of these vintage speakers and the dynamics they produce for HT rival many pro cinemas, just in a smaller space. Given that I don't have space for those MASSIVE speakers AND my SuperPensil's I'm going to have to make some bookshelves for my Alpair12's so I can still use them for music. I'll place them on top of the La Scala's so they don't take up more floor space.

My question is, what do you all recommend for a relatively simple build. I'm not skilled enough for the Onken builds so need something a bit more simple. I was thinkinig about the A12 DBR:

Any other ideas?



zman01 16th March 2012 02:36 AM


I went to A12 DBR AKA Studio Reference Monitors from the Super Pensil 12 - really like them! If you leave out the Mar-Ken12T, another option to consider would be CGR Ken for A12?


skeeter99 16th March 2012 02:48 AM

Zia, so you have the double bass reflex ones? I haven't seen the Classig Golden Ratio ones. The DBR seemed like a pretty easy build and I liked the looks as well. Simulated response looked good too. Do you have any pics of your build? I've been a little absent lately while I've been looking for these La Scala's :-)


planet10 16th March 2012 03:05 AM

Classic GR Fonken


skeeter99 16th March 2012 03:14 AM

Do you feel this is a better enclosure Dave? How low will it go?


planet10 16th March 2012 03:26 AM

I've not heard the DBR. CGR is good. Not as good as the full-on trapezoid which has a notably lower diffraction signature.

Our pair have been passed on to a member in San Jose -- not close enuff for an audition.


skeeter99 16th March 2012 03:50 AM

Yeah I think the Traps are out of my league and after dropping as much as I am on the La Scala's having some nice ones built are unfortunately out of the question. I like the look of the CGR but they might be a bit small resulting in less bass than I'd like. I dont mind them being big as in tall and deep but can't be wide as I'll be putting them sideways on top of the La Scala's to keep them mostly at ear level.

planet10 16th March 2012 05:45 AM

Flip the super pensils upside down on the la Scala


skeeter99 16th March 2012 05:55 AM


Originally Posted by planet10 (
Flip the super pensils upside down on the la Scala


Haha! My wife is ready to kill me with the La Scalas. Pretty sure I'd be dead in about 2.2 seconds. Lol

chrisb 16th March 2012 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by skeeter99 (
Haha! My wife is ready to kill me with the La Scalas. Pretty sure I'd be dead in about 2.2 seconds. Lol

If you're lucky, you won't even see it coming - something to be said for things to be over before you know it happened.

But seriously, if for a real "bookshelf" installation rather than "free standing small monitor", the low diffraction signature of any of the large bevelled MarKens would probably not be of much benefit, and the CGR would be a much simpler build - and IINM is marginally smaller than the DBR .

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