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Old 3rd November 2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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Talking Anoter Zaph Audio hi-vi b3s (b3n) build

This is a 3-piece “sub/sat” system based on Zaph's Hi-Vi B3S design.

It started with the sub: A $6 Salvation Army find. It's a Celestion CSW Mk II powered subwoofer. It works, so I did not change anything. Woofers have rubber surrounds, so no foam rot. It was missing one of the black plastic snap-on “decorative” panels so these were replaced with some pieces of solid oak that a friend salvaged from the scrap pile at his wood shop.

The satellites are Zaph designs (with some mods): zaph|audio

The drivers are Hi-Vi B3N (because they look cooler than the B3S). The cabinets were made from a piece of solid oak column salvaged from the same shop and some solid oak end pieces rescued from the wood stove.
I followed Zaph's xo design, using 6 ohm resistors for R2 as a compromise because they will be a gift and I'm not sure where the sats will be placed.
The cabinets were stuffed with polyfill.

These little speakers produce a lot of amazing, realistic sound! They do need a sub, and seem to integrate well with the Celestion.
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thanks for fixing that Dave

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I like those little oak cubes so well I may make a pair with the Fountek FE83 3" Full Range Driver ($7 closeout at PE)
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Gorgeous cabinets and very cool creativity on turning the sub into something artful!
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Very nice build! Congratulations, they look cool
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Smile Another pair.

Just finished another set, this time using a Polk PSW200 subwoofer. This time the satellites are maple instead of oak and I added some round metal mesh grilles from an ebay seller in China.

I discovered these do not do well with a plain stereo amp, as Zaph had warned. Best bet is to use an HT receiver with a sub out jack.

My friend who supplied the wood has 2 young married sons and one sub/sat set went to each of them.
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