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Old 28th March 2003, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default Best budget speaker for beginner?

I just completed my first diy audio project, a down firing 10" subwoofer and I am very pleased with the results. Now I need to replace my mains and would like to go the diy route.
I'm wondering what you all think is the best pair of speakers I could make for $300 or less for the drivers and crossovers? I would like them to have good sensitivity. I tend to like the looks of TMMs(2.5 way) or MTMs. I'm looking for a kit or complete design (I don't want to have to design a crossover). Are there any other proven designs, or kits, out there. I like the look of Wayne's budgets at speakerbuilder.net, the Audax HT MTM's and the main speakers from the P.E. HT kit by Vance Dickason. I will eventually be building surrounds and a center for HT but right now I need new mains.
Any help and/or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated

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Old 28th March 2003, 06:52 PM   #2
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GR Research AV1+, right up your alley:

$300
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Old 28th March 2003, 07:17 PM   #3
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I built a pair of Waynes' Dayton III's and absolutely love 'em. I drive them with a DoZ Class A amp up to about 10W and they do a great job. My experience has been that they seem to image well, have a good soundstage and there's great low end extension. I built 1.25" baffles front and rear for my version and the rest is clad in 1/4" Birch. Very solid.
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Have a look at the TLb, less than $300, easy to build and sensational sound.
http://www.t-linespeakers.org/projects/tlB/index.html

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Old 28th March 2003, 10:56 PM   #5
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Check out Pi speakers. They are very efficient, and the cheaper ones are very inexpensive. I heard a pair of Pi 2's at an audio fest last fall. They are very impressive for such inexpensive speakers. I'd love to hear their more expensive ones.

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Also consider a simple open baffle. Since you have a good sub, an open baffle doesn't need to be very big seeing as no bass would be reproduced from them. The sound can be very clean. Many vintage full and wide range drivers work good at this. I think a Fostex fullrange driver might be good at this as well. I'm sure there are many other good drivers that would do well in OB as well.
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Have a look at the TLb, less than $300, easy to build and sensational sound.
Haven't built a set of TLb yet ($300 is a BIG budget for me), but have churned out at least a couple bi-poles inspired by the TLb. A way better use of the drivers than an MTM.

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I tend to like the looks of TMMs(2.5 way) or MTMs.
What is 2.5 way? I have heard of the statistical average family having 2.5 kids, but what does it mean as applied to speakers?
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What is 2.5 way? I have heard of the statistical average family having 2.5 kids, but what does it mean as applied to speakers?

2.5 way means a 2 way speaker (MT) but with one way doubled
the classical design is a MTM, with both M having the same crossover
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Old 29th March 2003, 11:53 AM   #9
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what about working together on an "el cheapo QWTL speaker"?

I've been told many times that the audax speakers are very good for theyr pricerange, and I've read a post here, from Nelson Pass, telling that those are working pretty good with very basics crossovers (a cap for the tweeter, and an inductor for the medium)

this would cost approx 200-250$ par pair
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I built a pair of Waynes' Dayton III's and absolutely love 'em.
Second that. I'm very happy with mine. Driving with an ESP3A.
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