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Old 7th April 2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Which speakers to buy for bookshelf speakers

I'm new to diy speakers and know nothing about speakers, however I'm on holiday in Japan and discovered several nice shops in Akihabara that sell a lot of diy speakers parts which made me want to get into this hobby.

While I'm in Japan, I'd like to buy all the parts (speaker and enclosure) I need for a decent pair of bookshelf speakers to use in a 2.1 setup with an active subwoofer on a 30 watt diy amp. It will be used in a small bedroom.

I don't have much time to research and read through a lot of threads so I'd like to ask what are the popular speaker part numbers that are used in bookshelf speakers and what is the ideal size of speakers to get for a bookshelf sized enclosure.

I am looking for a detailed full sound that is nice for vocals and classical/jazz music. I do want enough bass to have a decent fullness to the high and middle range on vocals.

I'm thinking about getting a 10in sized pair of full range speakers as it would likely sound nice with both high and lower pitched vocals.

Looking at the shop, they had a large amount of speakers to choose from and I have no idea what to look for when choosing between them.

I did see some wood cone speakers that were quite expensive but looked really nice. Looking online for reviews however, it seemed that the wood cone speaker didn't actually sound very good. So I'm guessing that price isn't a reliable measure of how good a speaker will sound.

If there are any good wood cone speakers out there I would be interested. Otherwise, I'm open to anything that sounds good.

Currently I'm looking at the following setup:
2x Tang Band W3-1319SA speakers 2380 yen each
2x Fostex p800e enclosures 1150 yen each

So that is 4760 + 2300 = 7060 yen ($75~)

My budget is about $250, but if I can improve the sound more, then I might consider spending more if its worth it.

I am thinking of putting the speaker in my suitcase, but if it gets too large, I might have to post it back. So size of the enclosure may be an issue. Wll a small enclosure like the one I have listed affect the sound much? I've read size could affect the amount of bass. Is this right?

I couldn't find out much about this speaker apart from a Japanese review saying it having a high detailed sound, decent bass and a soft feel to the sound. (I can read Japanese)

If you can offer some advice for better choices for the speakers or enclosures, or tips on choosing parts, I would really appreciate it.
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Old 7th April 2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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Just borrow the speakers with you, you'll think later about the box.
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Old 7th April 2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Update.. I wrote 10in, but I actually mean i'm after 8cm speakers. Although maybe 10cm speakers would be better. Not sure about the difference in size will give.

It seems the ones I listed are 8cm speakers.
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Old 7th April 2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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Ah, I actually meant to write 8cm speakers, not 10in.
I made a mistake when writing the thread.

As for the idea of just getting the speakers first, that's a great idea.
I'll consider buying get a few more pairs of speakers while I'm here to try them out when I get home.

I'm still not very sure about which ones to look for when shopping though.
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Old 7th April 2013, 08:21 PM   #5
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An 8 cm speaker would be 3 inches and a 10 cm speaker would be 4 inches. A good place to start would be the 3" Fostex FF85WK and the 4" Fostex FF105WK. These will both work in bass reflex boxes or the even better Planet10 Fonken style boxes. If you want small boxes, the FF85WK will fit in the Planet10 uFonken cabinet and the FF105WK will fit in the mFonken cabinet. These are premium drivers and a good value.
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Old 7th April 2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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The most current box that is designed for the Fostex FF85WK will actually be the uFonkenWK cabinet by Planet10.
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Old 7th April 2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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Mark Audio A6p should be on your list as well.

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Old 7th April 2013, 09:15 PM   #8
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Mark Audio CHR 70.3 4 inch, won't break the bank and get you an octave lower bass than the 3 inch drivers!

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Old 8th April 2013, 05:25 AM   #9
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Thanks for the quick replies! The shop I visited has all of those speakers in stock. I'll have a look around for the best prices and start shopping.

As for the enclosures, I might just get one pair of small ones and then check out about ordering some of the recommended ones online.
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If you're not into DIY or you don't want the best ...go for it !!
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