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Old 15th August 2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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I do have this problem: I honestly hate Bass Reflex type monitors (it's a fake technology, to me) but nowdays there aren't cheap alternatives that uses Acoustic suspension ($6000 Neumann - was Klein+Hummel - O 300 aren't within my reach) in nearfield studio monitoring (I actually use a pair of Cantons GLE 70 which are *not* nearfield).

The goal is to obtain something comparable (in terms of quality and costs) to $200 Behringer Truth B2031P, but in 3-way mode...

I'm trying to collect ideas/suggestions/experiences/constructive critiques to build a DIY project - that will be CC BY-NC-SA licensed, of course - to solve this problem (i'm not an expert, but i have good hearing).

Thanks in advice !!!
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Old 15th August 2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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I do have this problem: I honestly hate Bass Reflex type monitors (it's a fake technology, to me)
Not fake in that sense. But it has a lot of variables. And, there's a lot of cases that, because of driver else size, integration with room, closed box has a better, more homogeneous decay.
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Old 15th August 2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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You could get an excellent pair of headphones, then boost mids when recording for playback on "speakers in room".

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Old 15th August 2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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A budget of $200 for a monitor quality 3-way is really pushing the limit.
Zaph|Audio - ZDT3.5

The centre channel version should work well nearfield.

As should some other centres @

rgds, sreten.

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Old 15th August 2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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have you actually heard the truths? I mean I know monitors are meant to sound flat, but those guys took the meaning pretty literally, boring as hell IMO. I use KRK V6, but embarking on an active biamped 3 way build (digitally crossed) soon as I finish a couple of current projects.

dont know how you would get 3 way built for your budget that didnt sound like poo
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Old 28th July 2012, 10:40 AM   #6
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Sorry guyz, I should be clearer: $200 (or even $250) **WITHOUT XOVERS**

I believe that should be reasonable to buy drivers and build cabinets...
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Old 29th July 2012, 09:06 AM   #7
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How about Acoustic Energy AE22-01 Passive monitors ( closed box design ) - they are about 275,- a piece...

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Old 29th July 2012, 02:22 PM   #8
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Blue Sky make a range of active monitors and as far as I know all are sealed, including their subs.

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Old 29th December 2013, 09:31 PM   #9
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@Charles: Blusky SAT 8 seems interesting, but out of budget.

@tubemax: AEs are cool too, but are also out of budget (250€/pair is the goal) but clearly proves that it isn't an impossible project.

Wanna refine the final goal: an open source guide to built your own 3-ways nearfield passive studio monitor (without xover).

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Old 29th December 2013, 11:38 PM   #10
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It might be pretty difficult to find a DIY three-way that is specifically designed for nearfield monitoring use. Especially one that's also budget oriented. Most ones I've seen are for mid or more typically far-field use.

In the same vein to Zaph's three-ways I also found the "Black Box" three way project over on the PE project gallery: Speaker Project - Black Box -- 8/23/2011

The cost for all the drivers is about $375US so it's a bit above your stated driver budget. Also the crossover uses quite a few large value film caps so the cost goes up quickly. He does not state what the intended listening range is either.
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