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Old 19th April 2009, 05:36 PM   #1
mattmcl is offline mattmcl  United States
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I'm looking to build a new pair of speakers purely for music. I have an old Rotel 40 wpc integrated amp, CD player and turntable. Currently I have a pair of Infinity bookshelf speakers, and a DIY 200 watt sub. I'm looking for excellent staging and crisp bass. I've built a sub and a center channel speaker before, so I have some knowledge, but not enough to design them myself.

I want something that will blow my socks off in terms of sound quality.

I have a decent workshop (table saw, router, planer, etc.) and build furniture, so construction shouldn't be a problem.

I've looked at the Seas Thor kit, and Jay's Usher 8945P 7" / Peerless HDS 1" MTM and am wondering what else is out there.

Budget is pretty variable- The Thor kit isn't out of range, but Jay's is half that much, which is definitely appealing, but if sound quality suffers significantly I'd rather spend the money for the Thor.

So I'm looking for detailed plans or a kit with a top end of $1500. Thanks in advance.
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Old 19th April 2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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Hi Matt,
Welcome to the forum.
I own a pair of Thors but the only resemblance they have to the originals is the drivers and the looks. Don't buy the kits or follow the cab plans on the vendor's website, there are much better cabs and Xovers you can build. A pair properly built will definately blow you out of your sneakers. Do a search for Thors on this forum and you'll find several cab designs and links to another forum that has completely redesigned the Xover. If you got the bucks go for it, you wont be disappointed.

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Old 19th April 2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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His site has grown so big that its becoming difficult
I would look at some of his later designs
sometimes we know very little, and sometimes we know too much
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Old 20th April 2009, 12:48 AM   #4
mattmcl is offline mattmcl  United States
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Thanks Bill, that clarifies the Clarifying thread.
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Old 20th April 2009, 02:19 AM   #5
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These would probably fall somewhere in the middle of Jay's Usher design and the Thor. They are made specifically for reference listening.

They use the Scan-Speak 8545K + BG Neo3 PDR in a cabinet 8" wide by 34" tall
Click the image to open in full size.

I did a removable baffle, so they actually go into this cabinet
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I'm going to post the design soon, but email me if you want the XO and cabinet details.
-Paul Carmody
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