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Old 25th February 2009, 02:24 AM   #11
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Building my first pair of monitors and looking for the most proven design available. Speakers can cost up to $1,500, but I am more interested in the most proven crossover and cabinet design.

What would you guys build for a first project if you were to do it all again?
Build the ZMV5, just to learn the ropes. Then you can delegate them as surrounds and move onto a higher-quality pair as the fronts.
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Old 25th February 2009, 02:44 AM   #12
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As I have no idea what your experience is, nor do I know what your expectations are. I'll give you my recommendation as to the best speaker kit that is currently available (IMHO).

If you want it all and are prepared to do the cabinets, then take a look at the Exodus Audio "Kepler" speaker kit and their Shiva-X subwoofer. For your $1500, you can end up with a killer set-up that will not be embarassed by any speaker system costing many times more. The "Kepler" and the Shiva-X use SOTA XBL2 motors that have less distortion than just about any woofer systems currently available and the Peerless tweeter is as good sounding as any.

I've got a pair of the Keplers and they're my new reference.

Here's a review of the Keplers (with measurements) that you can read:

http://www.soundstage.com/diwhy/diwhy200804.htm

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Old 25th February 2009, 02:46 AM   #13
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I am still deciding what I want to do for a first project. After finding out that a change in the height of the cabinet will affect BSC, I decided to scrap my plans to modify the cabinet because I didn't want to have to modify the crossover too.

Back to the drawing board, or rather the message board to find some new ideas.
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Old 25th February 2009, 02:55 AM   #14
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didn't you used to hang out on "the vibe"?

ps. by moniter do you mean "studio monitor", or "stand speaker", or something with the BBC monitor response curve?

pps. if i were to build a stand speaker, i'd probably go for the sr 71 on zaph's site.
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Old 25th February 2009, 02:59 AM   #15
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I think Terrys suggestion is a good one

Have anyone tried this neat and compact classical 3way http://www.geocities.com/cc00541/Sta...s_Monitor.html

From what I can read, they claim them to maybe be even better than the his bigger "Statement"


But point is that whatever some people might think of a design, it may not be to your liking, as we all have different sets of preference
Its hard to imagine that every one of all the designs out there all sound different...but I believe it actually is so
AND your setup and listening room WILL react differently than any other, so its really not that easy
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Old 25th February 2009, 03:49 AM   #16
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I have to say that Troels G and Humble Home made HiFi both in Denmark I believe,have the most extensive and well documented
DIY loudspeaker sites out there.

The hardest part about building and choosing the right DIY loudspeaker is you really dont know how it will perform with your components and room acoustics.
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Old 25th February 2009, 03:49 AM   #17
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I'm actually selling my CNO monitors built from Troels G site,just the drivers and built crossovers.
Only to fund a much larger project based on similar SEAS excel divers.

These drivers are amazing,pricey but worth it if the crossover is done right and with quality components,mainly the caps.These speakers blow away my previous Monitor Audio GS-10's.

My stuff is for sale in the trading post.
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Old 25th February 2009, 06:29 AM   #18
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I'm actually selling my CNO monitors built from Troels G site,just the drivers and built crossovers.
Only to fund a much larger project based on similar SEAS excel divers.

These drivers are amazing,pricey but worth it if the crossover is done right and with quality components,mainly the caps.These speakers blow away my previous Monitor Audio GS-10's.

My stuff is for sale in the trading post.
So what was wrong with them that causes you to go to bat again.
Do want more SPLs and Bass perhaps? The sky is the limit with active EQ and subs.
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Old 26th February 2009, 12:05 AM   #19
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Nothing wrong with the set-up I have,just looking for something
different.

Just experiementaion basicly,a dedicated midrange,bass driver
possible external crossover.
All that said,I'm still thingking"should I really try something else?"

I'm quite happy with these monitors,the more I listen to them
the better they get.
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