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Old 11th February 2005, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default Whatís a good choice of speaker

I was wanting to make a set of monitors for my studio, which speakers where the better ones peerless or vifa? Is that a good choice or are there better ones around for that price. Iíll need help with this one because I only fitted car audio for a living I have no experience with smaller sound quality speakers.
Iím going with peerless and vifa because their the easiest to get form my supplier.
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Old 11th February 2005, 12:45 PM   #2
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The best drivers from both companies are the XT line from vifa and the HDS range from peerless. If you are after sub bass then the XLS from peerless is very good too.

THe best tweeter from the two companies (I would say) is the XT25.

Everyone who has listened to the HDS and the XT woofers likes them both lots.
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Old 13th February 2005, 12:07 AM   #3
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I was after pure sound quality not too much bass (I have 2 12Ē subs for that) peerless or vifa? And hoping to get 2.5mm dome tweeter, 5ď mid, 8Ē woofer and make a box for them; is that good?
I donít know much Iím still learning.
So in peerless and vifa which models are the best; medium and worst?
Is it a good idea to mix brands?
What sizes should you step up in to cover the frequencies?
What does all the tech data mean I only know the basic stuff like wattage, impedance, freq response, excursion etc .etc
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Old 13th February 2005, 12:34 AM   #4
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How about picking up a copy of the Loudspeaker Design Cookbook and building Vance's Studio Monitors? They use Scan Speak drivers and the process is well documented.
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Old 13th February 2005, 01:30 AM   #5
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What kind of dollars have you got to spend?

And with 2 subs already, a 2-way might make more sense...

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Old 13th February 2005, 01:59 AM   #6
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I was after pure sound quality not too much bass (I have 2 12Ē subs for that) peerless or vifa? And hoping to get 2.5mm dome tweeter, 5ď mid, 8Ē woofer and make a box for them; is that good?
The 5" mid is too big IMO to use with an 8" woofer. Don't forget the baffle step losses and bandpass gain. You will need to pad it down significantly. I think a dome mid or 3-4" midrange makes more sense if you want a 3 way based on an 8" woofer, and you'll probably get better detail.

Actually, since you have a sub, maybe a 2 way with a 6 or 7" midbass would be easier.

The crossover will be the most challenging thing. Unless you really want to learn speaker design, you may want to use a proven design, or have someone else design the crossover.

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Old 14th February 2005, 12:49 PM   #7
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8" maybe too over the top
I can get Scan Speak, are they better than vifa and peerless?
yes I might go with the book where can I get the cook book from? dicksmiths, jaycar??
well I have heaps but $500AU maybe just for the speakers(I can get peerless,vifa and scanpeak very cheap)
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Old 14th February 2005, 01:02 PM   #8
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yes I might go with the book where can I get the cook book from?
You can get the LDC from Old Colony/Audio Amateur:

Phone: (603)924-9464, Fax: (603)924-9467

e-mail: custserv@audioXpress.com

Audio Amateur Corp,
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305 Union Street,
Peterborough NH, 03458-0876
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Old 15th February 2005, 12:20 PM   #9
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The loudspeaker design cookbook 6 edition by vance dickason
High power loudspeaker design and construction

Are they good books? I can get others only from dicksmiths and jaycar or altronics. Their my only suppliers
I don't really want to get them of the internet but I can if I have to.

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Vance's Cookbook is a very good book but it's not ordinarily the kind of book I would recommend for someone starting out. To learn the basics I like David Weems' "Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual". Although some sections are a bit outdated the majority of the information is very good and easy to understand. The reason I suggested the Cookbook first is for the high quality studio monitor design plus there's good reference material in it. I've not heard of the "High Power" book you mention although I have heard of the "High Power Audio Amplifier Contruction Manual".
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