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Old 15th March 2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Question Why did you decide.....

Was wondering the other day, while sitting in a 'Stereo Shop'(not going to mention the name of the place), what exactly made you(the reader) decide to build your own speaker(s)/system(s)?

Was it the outrageous cost of the 'high-end' speakers, and the lack of good sound?

Was it the endless hours of searching, only to come up with the conclusion that the people trying to sell this equipment seemed to need a 'quota'....instead of providing you with quality information about the item you originally drove there to see?

Or was it simply the challenge? People around you thinking you can't possibly 'build something' that could compare to the great audio speakers on the market...............




Just wondering....


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Old 15th March 2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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Just wondering....


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TS begins!!!!!

and thats a very holy rule you... you.. you... you... you...no-beginner...


for me......i liked the way the Karsons of my flat-mate sounded and the way the enclosures looked.

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Next up are the Galactica's from Tony Gee (The Netherlands), build starts in a couple of weeks from now:

Galactica - The Ultimate Cosmic speaker experience

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Reasons:
i've heard them......exactly what i've been looking for...and they look absolutely gorgeous. Should take a while before wanting/needing something else

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Old 15th March 2010, 10:37 PM   #3
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I wanted two subs and the ones I liked were listed at 2600 each without amps or xovers.
Then I found the drivers which are fairly distinctive and I realized that I could build them for about one eighth of that.
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Old 15th March 2010, 11:35 PM   #4
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Did this stuff while I was in high school. Built my first speaker (5 foot folded bass horn) out of particle board, cutting the whole sheet with an antique hand saw. Couldn't afford anything else.

Now, after becoming and electrical engineer, having more money in my pocket, I have returned to do a better job and have a sharper saw.

Work in progress:

Pyramid II

Yesterday I used them for their first demo for my friend and had our concrete slab floor vibrating.

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Old 16th March 2010, 04:48 AM   #6
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My old speakers from college finally started to give out (Polk M7 Series 2), and when I did some research online I discovered that a type of speaker with a really good reputation for classical/concert hall recordings was open baffle. A little further research revealed these really nice looking JAMO 907's. A little further research revealed how much those really nice looking 907's were going to cost me

Okay... maybe something not so expensive... yet still possessing a good quality sound that I can be happy with... I then discovered the papers Martin King wrote on 2-way passive open baffles and thus began my journey. I have been listening to these since mid December and am very happy
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MechanicalAnimal(cool username BTW),

That some pretty great looking work! And the new project looks to be a challenge with some nice 'payoffs'! Thank you for the links...as they took me on one of those 'net searching experiences after to see what I could find out about them.


Charles Darwin,

I too am concerned with the expense of subs(as well as other equipment), and knowing how much could be saved for better tubes(or what-have-you) is a big plus!


Loren42,

I started on the 'audio path' back in the early 1990's, although I was doing 'custom installs' at a Car Stereo shop here in central Arkansas...and to tell you the truth-I had no ambition to do anything in the home area. But things change!
I'd love to have the 'background' knowledge that you possess, electrical engineer...WOW!
BTW, did you built that tube amp? Looks awesome, and I bet it sounds great!


Gvinhoof,

Luckily, my first set of home speakers(Fisher's w/15" bass driver---can't even remember the model no#) are probably still working. As they are sitting in my parent's home 1500+ miles away. I too, now own Polk Audio speakers, the Monitor 40's, and I'm sure at some point those will not be 'enough' for me...although they do sound great.
You wouldn't happen to have a link of that 'paper' by Martin King would you? Sounds like an interesting read.




Thanks for all the responses so far....and hope to hear from many more of the great people here!!!!!



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Old 17th March 2010, 12:24 PM   #8
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Did this stuff while I was in high school. Built my first speaker (5 foot folded bass horn) out of particle board, cutting the whole sheet with an antique hand saw. Couldn't afford anything else.
Funny you should say that!
The first speakers I built too were folded bass horns (back loaded using Fostex FP253 drivers and JBL 2402 bullet tweeters) out of particle board in my bed room when I was 16 or 17.
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Funny you should say that!
The first speakers I built too were folded bass horns (back loaded using Fostex FP253 drivers and JBL 2402 bullet tweeters) out of particle board in my bed room when I was 16 or 17.
Drat! You used a much nicer drivers. I can't remember what I used, but I couldn't afford anything that good. However, the box was 30" high, 30" deep, and 20" wide, so it looked impressive.

That was about the same age for me, too.
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Well, the JBLs were a present from somebody who worked for a p.a. hire company but I did cough up for the Fostex' myself.
The box was the Fostex recommended BK202 which was about 34" high, 20" wide and 15" deep. I had the particle board cut to size but they wouldn't do mitres so I specified them a bit oversized and set to them with a rasp and a file. Very dusty work!
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