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Old 30th December 2001, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default Cheap speakers to go with Pass Labs Son of Zen amp

I have built a Pass Labs Son of Zen amplifier, and now need speakers to go with it. I am on a very low budget. I think the amp will end up costing under $70 after I upgrade the power supply. One of the main things I want is high efficiency since I only have a 15 watt amplifier. I have a pair of Yamaha NSA-636's that I am currently using, but their crossovers consist of 2 capacitors. Would it be better to build new crossovers for these speakers or build a new pair of speakers for under $150. The Yamaha speakers crossover is at 4.2khz and 13khz according to Yamaha, and the efficiency is 91dB. The speakers don't sound too bad, but I think I could improve on them without spending too much money. What drivers would you recommend if I choose to build speakers, and where could I find a design for a high quality crossover.
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Two words: Dayton Loudspeakers. You can find the Dayton drivers at and you might even choose to build the Dayton BR-1 monitors. Dayton drivers are an unbeatable value for the quality.
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Dayton speakers are undoubtedly excellent value/performance ratio. has numerous designs featuring Dayton drivers, most of them being in your price range. I wouldn't bother with redesigning the Yamaha crossover unless you have the right test equipment, and even then, it may not be worth the hassle.
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thanks for the replies. I found a design based on the dayton drivers for about $150 that I think I might build if I could sell the Yamaha's.
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