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Old 28th February 2006, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default High Sensitivity, low cost bookshelf speakers?

I just purchased the $25 Sonic T-Amp for a bedroom system.

The thing is fairly low-power, so I'm looking for some high-sensitivity (>90dB) speakers that would go with it. It's a bedroom system that will never be driven very loud. CD's from a cheap-ish stereo and XM.

I'm considering some commercial speakers (Klipsch, for example), but I'd enjoy building a set myself.

Looks aren't very important.

I'm trying to keept he budget under about $150 for a pair.

Any suggestions?

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Old 28th February 2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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Head over to the Fullrange forum and do a search on Fostex. If your budget is just $150, it's your best bet.
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Sounds like a set of FE127E's in small transmission lines may be your best bet.

Maybe for a big bookshelf
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Old 28th February 2006, 08:10 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I've never really heard about full-range speakers before. Looks like I have plenty to learn!

What about these, out of curiosity:

http://www.diyhifisupply.com/diyhs_speaker.htm

I'm currently building a subwoofer and using WinISD to design it. How does one design an enclosure for a full range speaker?
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Old 28th February 2006, 10:22 PM   #5
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I've never really heard about full-range speakers before
Fullrange speakers - like the Fostex - are efficient, have very good midrange and imaging. They also have poor treble and non existent bass. Their poor overall frequency response and high levels of distortion add a coloration to the music that some will find appealing. Kind of like listening to an old AM radio. A very retro sound if thats your thing. An alternative for your T-amps limited power and $150 budget is something like this http://www.pispeakers.com/catalog/pr...products_id/34
May not quite match the Fostex in the mids/imaging, but will be light years better everywhere else. It will have plenty bass for your bedroom and a drumstick will sound like it struck a cymbal rather than a paper plate. Don't expect the worlds best for $150/pr, but these should do the trick.
The Hifisupply driver looks interesting. Won't get as loud as the Pi's, but if thats not a priority, might be worth looking into. A bit of an unknown at the moment. Good luck.

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Old 28th February 2006, 10:26 PM   #6
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What about these, out of curiosity:
http://www.diyhifisupply.com/diyhs_speaker.htm
You can get Fostex for less than that price, that's what I would do. Lot's of designs, tweaks, products for Fostex out there.

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I'm currently building a subwoofer and using WinISD to design it. How does one design an enclosure for a full range speaker?
Well, if you want to go with sealed or vented, just use WinISD as you would for a sub. If you want to get fancy like t-lines and such, go check out the info and designs in the Fullrange forum. Personally, I would try for an aperiodic box if trying to make a fullrange bookshelf.
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Old 28th February 2006, 11:27 PM   #7
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maybe you don'e really neeeeed high sensetivity drivers...

I'd recoment zaphs hi-vi b3s design for that amp...although i haven't heard it i'm driving mine with similar power and they work great...

www.zaphaudio.com
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Old 1st March 2006, 12:50 AM   #8
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This is a little out of your price range ($350), but I would go with the Adire HE10.1 Mark II. A true 95 db, 8 ohm load, with bass down to the 50hz region.

http://www.adireaudio.com/Home/KITHE10-1.htm
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