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Old 22nd June 2007, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default is there anything bad about MDF panels?

I was looking at local online shop and they are selling a kit of peerless (2x mid-size woofers + tweeter) are a very reasonable price. BUT the panels are made of MDF.

is there anything about them? I've seen MDF panels in things like computer desk and others and they don't seem to last very long.

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Old 22nd June 2007, 07:39 AM   #2
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I totally agree, I think the main redeeming feature of MDF is that it can be cut more easily than butter and is very forgiving if the dimensions are slightly crooked.

Apart from that, it readily absorbs moisture and swells up, is easily damaged, and it forces people to spend lots of effort coating it with veneers etc.
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Old 22nd June 2007, 08:21 AM   #3
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You seem to have not read this
Discussion on what materials to build speakers out of

I have read it all thru and am just as confused as before, but my next set of "GOOD" speakers will use a sandwich of 12mm chipboard, 12mm MDF and 10mm marine ply
QUOTE" The more I know, the more I know, I know (insert maniacal laugh >here<) NOTHING"
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Old 22nd June 2007, 05:47 PM   #4
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The main drawbacks to MDF are the dust generated when you cut it, and the extra effort required to make it look nice (veneer, paint, etc.)

If you are talking about speakers already constructed for you then I have no problems with it.
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