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Old 21st November 2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Building first speaker - "best" design?

I know this is the impossible question but I've been reading and racking my brain trying to figure out what to do.

I've assembled the BR1 kit from PE and I've assembled and getting ready to test a Chip Amp so I've got the very basics.

I finally have the times and means to take this up as a hobby and I've wanted to for quite a long time.

I'm looking for a first useful project. I've thought about buying the TriTrix kit from PE but I'd like to use these in my house, most likely in the bedroom.

From a $ to performance standpoint is there better than the TriTrix? I can build a simple cabinet and have all i need to do it so I've been going back and forth between buying the kit with a more detailed cabinet than I could make, or picking a better component set for the speakers and building a simpler cabinet.

Want to keep cost reasonable for my first try. A lot of kits out there can use the PE curved cabinets. 2 reasons I do not want to do this, 1 is if I screw up the cabinet there is $250 and its $250 for a cabinet when I could build something less esthetically pleasing but just as capable for much much less.

I never thought I had ADD until I started looking at all this stuff

The room they'd be used in is 17x13. Be used mostly for music although we do it the current speakers for watching TV but not for HT in the room.

I want to invest something to build a set but I want to be happy with them when I'm done if that makes sense. If I had a target of $350 for materials not including cabinets, I have all the MDF and that already, what could I do?

Is there a better set of parts to use the TriTrix cabinets? Most of what I saw were for sealed cabinets not the open cabinets like PE has.

Thanks for what I'm sure is a open ended question.
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Old 21st November 2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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The TriTrix looks like a nice design. I like the look of these too: Stentorians
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Old 21st November 2011, 09:19 PM   #3
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Best design, I think:

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Old 21st November 2011, 11:11 PM   #4
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...I want to invest something to build a set but I want to be happy with them when I'm done if that makes sense. If I had a target of $350 for materials not including cabinets, I have all the MDF and that already, what could I do?
Buying from the shop the "ready made in china" is usually cheaper, but DIY is more fun.
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Old 21st November 2011, 11:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I just spent some time in the garage trying out the router and speaker jig I have for it. Time to go back to the store for some ear protection

That's a pretty cutting sound.

I had looked at the Stentonian's before but I was wondering if the cabinet for a first shot might be a bit much to tackle.

The Pluto's look cool but probably a bit too much detail for my patience level right now. I'll admit it I'm looking for quick and dirty gratification.

The SEAS kit looks pretty easy. I'd more focus on the cabinet portion having done the other two parts and the cabinet seems pretty simple to build.

The hard part is comparing to what I have and getting a point of reference. I have Deftech 7002's right now in the living room which I've often thought of replacing.

I know all of this is subjective but if I was looking for something better where would I start? I looked at the Statements and a few others but everyone loves everything they build but what is the point of reference for them?
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Old 22nd November 2011, 12:43 AM   #6
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How about a kit from GR Research ?

Here is a great deal for a complete XL-S kit, less the cabinet:

Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
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Old 22nd November 2011, 12:48 AM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I just spent some time in the garage trying out the router and speaker jig I have for it. Time to go back to the store for some ear protection

That's a pretty cutting sound.
The most ironic thing on these forums is how many people I've read about that have used power tools without ear protection

Or the ones that want to listen in the 100db range.

For that price range I went with Zaph ZA5. I'm running the 5.3 center, and two 5.2s. Boxes are built for 3.5 mtm also, then I'll move the 5.2s to my office,or maybe as surrounds.

For 350 you can get all the parts for a pair of 5.3t from madisound
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Old 22nd November 2011, 02:47 AM   #8
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How about a kit from GR Research ?

Here is a great deal for a complete XL-S kit, less the cabinet:

Best deal on loudspeaker kits ever.
I think that a winner, hard to beat that price and I assume that diagrams are available for the cabinets. At that price I can screw up a few.

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The most ironic thing on these forums is how many people I've read about that have used power tools without ear protection

Or the ones that want to listen in the 100db range.
Yeah I didn't think the router was that loud until I started to use it. I had ear protectors I wear when using the grinding wheel or air ratchet in a closed area but I had a foam piece come off so have to replace them.
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I think that a winner, hard to beat that price and I assume that diagrams are available for the cabinets.
Yes, the plans for the cabinet are available. There is a link at the bottom of that post.
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Old 22nd November 2011, 06:21 AM   #10
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Some DIY speaker comparisons HERE. Post 47 has the results.
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