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Old 10th March 2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default where's the curves?

Alrite i have found some really amazing not square speakers on this forum but not many and im just wondering why?
Lots of plans for box's but i want round ... am i missing somthing i am new to this maybe all i need is some proper direction.
(dont get me wrong also there are some amazing box designs)
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Old 10th March 2006, 06:49 PM   #2
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I should have learned by now that i cant be so generic in my posts in here...... This may not even be the write spot for a link asking about non square speaker designs.....
Arent rounded sides better for sound ? not perfect circles but round interior of cabinets?
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Old 10th March 2006, 09:05 PM   #3
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Square boxes are easier to build, and if they're damped properly, internal reflections are a non issue anyhow. I intend to build some rounded enclosures after I finish college since I've developed several connections with composite suppliers while working on a human powered submarine for my college's Mechanical Engineering department.....

Square:
Cheap, easy, fast, can sound good.

Round:
More expensive materials, way more effort, should sound basically the same.
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Old 10th March 2006, 09:21 PM   #4
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There is much support for non box shaped enclosures. I have to say I was surprised (or maybe disappointed looking back on my early efforts) to read a series in Speaker Builder by Jim Moryasu. He went to a fair deal of trouble to give objective data on box shapes. I believe he concluded that the standard golden ratio rectangular enclosure was possibly the best option.
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Old 10th March 2006, 11:17 PM   #5
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Hello,

squarish boxes are much easier to build.
It's difficult enough to do square if you don't own a shop.
Also, fabrication skill is lower for square. Don't need to put as much effort in the box allowing more energy to be put into the speakers.

Another reason is that curves in a cabinet tend to focus sound reflextions making reflection control difficult.
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Old 11th March 2006, 03:28 AM   #6
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Right. Good question. Welcome to the forum. Lots of non-square offerings, if you just putter around a little.

Why, mercy me! There's a link to my website on this post! I wonder what's there...

And then my very next project was a rectangle. Yeah, it was way easier to implement, and the acoustic design yielded premium results.

In my estimation, non-square, as many have pointed out, is much more difficult to implement, and I reserve it for, you know, pulling out all the stops.

Have you checked out the Fullrange forum? Esoteric designs tend to wander in over there every now and again.

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Old 11th March 2006, 08:05 PM   #7
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I build curved speakers,I used to build square but there is only so many ways to make a square speaker and I got bored! Mine take alot of work and alot of patience,but man is it fun! check em out!
http://groups.msn.com/aaronsspeakers/shoebox.msnw
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Old 12th March 2006, 02:10 AM   #8
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Someone on this forum has a site entitled "Curved Loudspeaker Construction" with several fine examples of his work. I can't remember who it is though - does this ring a bell to anyone?

BTW - aaronh - beautiful work! This is where it is no longer just a loudspeaker cabinet but a work of art.
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