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Old 13th November 2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default My first diy audio project.

Hey guys!
I want to build a 2.1 speaker system for PC as my first diy audio project.
All I want is to be as small and simple is possible (full range speaker satelites and a subwoofer), easy to build/assembly (if I can buy a kit and assemble it at home with minimum tools and stuff, that could be perfect ).
I have basic knowledges about electricity, assembling metal and wood parts, few tools at home and a lots of ideeas!

All opinions will be welcome!

Thank you in advance!
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Old 13th November 2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Hi,

The time and effort required (and design skills) renders IMO
such a project impractical compared to what is available.

Amazon.com: Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer: Electronics

Can you design the speakers, the active x/o, active EQ, the amplifiers, the
power supply, the remote control, buy all the parts and put it all together ?

Even if you can there is no real reward in quality for your time, effort and cost.

Choose something a lot simpler, and more cost effective, for your first project.

rgds, sreten.

I bought the S220's and just added some foam damping into the subwoofer.
(I learnt my stuff buying things and taking them apart, rather than building.)
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Hey guys!
I want to build a 2.1 speaker system for PC as my first diy audio project.
All I want is to be as small and simple is possible (full range speaker satelites and a subwoofer), easy to build/assembly (if I can buy a kit and assemble it at home with minimum tools and stuff, that could be perfect ).
I have basic knowledges about electricity, assembling metal and wood parts, few tools at home and a lots of ideeas!

All opinions will be welcome!

Thank you in advance!
What's your budget and define small? Will you need an amp or do you have one? As sreten said, if you're doing this to save money, you won't. If you're doing it for the fun of building, there are a lot of options. Single driver or 2-way? If you're anything like many of us, the fun is in the building and listening. Practicality is out the window. It's like a lot of hobbies; things can be done cheaper and simpler, but where's the fun in that?
Anyway, provide a few specifics and we can shoot you some suggestions.
Have fun,
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As satellites I would like to try the second project from this page!
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OK till then, I put my hands on a Altec Lansing ATP3 sub-woofer (only the sub, no satellites yet ). First of all, how can I figure out if it works or not (I plugged in into my PC, but no sound: i know, the controls are on the satellite, but I give it a try with no result)? If, and I say: IF the sub is OK, i'll think about building/adapting a 2.0 speaker as satellites to this sub.
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PE has a 2.1 plate amp (for building a subwoofer that powers stereo satellites). The high pass to the satellites is fixed at 150Hz, which is a little lame, but whatever. You could probably get your hands on a subwoofer with a dead amp, shoehorn the PE amp into it, and then build any sats you like. Will it be a waste of money as Sreten suggested? Yeah, quite possibly.
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I don't want something spectacular at the first shot, just practical and little better than what I have right now!
Can anyone provide me the schema of the 7 pin miniDIN connector? Thank you in advance!
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For a first project, this is a really good start. They are really inexpensive for what you get....and you get a lot. It is called the Over Night Sensation. The kit comes with pre-cut wood for the cabinet, crossover parts, drivers, and port tubes. You just have to assemble them.


Overnight Sensations MT Speaker Pair Kit 300-706


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I don't want something spectacular at the first shot, just practical and little better than what I have right now!
Can anyone provide me the schema of the 7 pin miniDIN connector? Thank you in advance!
The connector of my Altec Lansing ATP3 subwoofer, of course!

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