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Old 12th September 2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default how to design a speaker from start to finish?

where can i find a guide about using SW with the tools from Vikash's site? also about finding out what X-over to use and what cabinet to build?
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Old 12th September 2007, 02:02 PM   #2
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If you're serious, you buy a book like Vance Dickason's, then read, read, read.

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Agree with Cal.... and then read some more.

I put a little basic guide together a while ago which gives a simple insight into the process of designing a speaker. Most is not software based so the principles involved are explained. It's done via a simple design example with some tips and hints.

http://www.rzaudio.com/LDG.zip
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Old 12th September 2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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Have a look at this thread.

FYI: My new speaker building web pages

Jay_WJ has done a great job on this and I'm sure it will be helpful.
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Old 12th September 2007, 07:19 PM   #5
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thank you very much for the links... i'll start by reading stuff online and might move to a book. would be nice to design something original and not only copy other people's work!
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... would be nice to design something original and not only copy other people's work!
That goal is commendable, but perhaps the priority should be re-thought. If you're after great sound and want to be able to listen to it sooner rather than later, building an existing design will not only get you there quickly but will also serve as part of the education you're after.

Consider that the few really good designers out there often have degrees in such areas as electrical engineering, and have been at their craft for years. With their expertise and the current component technologies, many incredibly good speakers are available for you to build.

My humble advice would be to build one of these designs first, enjoy the music, and then proceed with the learning.
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Old 12th September 2007, 08:55 PM   #7
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You can find an excellent guide to using Speaker Workshop at www.ClaudioNegro.com. At that site, you can also download my much more comprehensive Manual with all sorts of spreadsheets and detail about speaker building from his download page. In addition, Roman Bednarek has put together a basic guide to using SW at his site, rjbaudio.com.

The spreadsheet programs at the FRD consortium are excellent to learn from once you have a basic understanding (assuming you know how to use spreadsheet programs) and Jeff Bagby also has some tremendous programs that you can freely download at http://audio.claub.net/software/jbagby.html.

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http://www.fostexinternational.com/d...ew_1.shtml#ics

The above guide is excellent, and covers much of the basic stuff in a clear and understandable manner.
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Old 12th September 2007, 10:36 PM   #9
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Agree with Cal.... and then read some more.
I'll second (or third) that!

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My humble advice would be to build one of these designs first, enjoy the music, and then proceed with the learning.
Definitely. Building an existing design (and maybe tweaking it a bit) gives you insights that you can't get from reading - but you can't get the theory from building either.

I know Zalytron have kits for 2 speakers (drivers and crossover parts) designed by Joe D'Appolito starting from $150. And there are probably others out there on the same priceline. These can always become surround speakers when you've moved on. And they give you valuable insight into the joys of slipping up a bit with your jigsaw/router...
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Read, read, read. Look at what other people do.

And that has to be supplemented by doing some actual builds (warning, it can get addictive. rarely do you stop at one)

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