Beginner Electrostatic Speaker - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Loudspeakers > Planars & Exotics

Planars & Exotics ESL's, planars, and alternative technologies

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 13th May 2002, 03:19 AM   #1
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Default Beginner Electrostatic Speaker

I am a beginner and am interested in building an electrostatic speaker for my stereo system, more for experience then need for perfect sound. I don't want to spend toooo much, but I want something better then 40 dollar bookshelf speakers from BestBuy. Can anyone guide me towards a site or project similar to mine? What type of transformers to use? Materials for casing? all the other parts? Pretty much trying to make a cheapy electrostatic speaker (but not too cheap, budget is 75-150 dollars)
  Reply With Quote
Old 13th May 2002, 04:42 AM   #2
frugal-phile(tm)
diyAudio Moderator
 
planet10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Victoria, BC, NA, Sol III
Blog Entries: 5
Default Re: Beginner Electrostatic Speaker

Quote:
Originally posted by BennySP
I am a beginner and am interested in building an electrostatic speaker for my stereo system, more for experience then need for perfect sound. I don't want to spend toooo much, but I want something better then 40 dollar bookshelf speakers from BestBuy. Can anyone guide me towards a site or project similar to mine? What type of transformers to use? Materials for casing? all the other parts? Pretty much trying to make a cheapy electrostatic speaker (but not too cheap, budget is 75-150 dollars)
I was going to recommend a couple books -- but those would blow your budget ...

Check out Hans Zeeuwe's ESL Circuit -- the most comprehensive source of ESL info on the net.

dave
__________________
community sites t-linespeakers.org, frugal-horn.com, frugal-phile.com ........ commercial site planet10-HiFi
p10-hifi forum here at diyA
  Reply With Quote
Old 13th May 2002, 05:37 AM   #3
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Baton Rouge, La
Send a message via AIM to G-Daddy
There is one book that's relatively cheap, but still provides a very good resource for electrostatic loudspeakers. Roger Sanders' 'Electrostatic Loudspeaker Design Cookbook' turned out to be a pretty good read. Focuses on construction, but gives a bit about design as well. It sells in the 35 dollar range, I know amazon carries it.

There're a few electrostatic builders on this forum site, do some back-post searching for electrostatics and you'll probably get enough information to start asking specific questions.

ESLs really are impressive. DIY construction is well worth it, my friend recently made a very good pair of ESLs from scratch, and I've completed a pair of headphones that give decent sound. Good luck.
  Reply With Quote
Old 13th May 2002, 06:44 AM   #4
frugal-phile(tm)
diyAudio Moderator
 
planet10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Victoria, BC, NA, Sol III
Blog Entries: 5
Quote:
Originally posted by G-Daddy
Roger Sanders' 'Electrostatic Loudspeaker Design Cookbook' turned out to be a pretty good read. Focuses on construction, but gives a bit about design as well. It sells in the 35 dollar range
That is one of the books i was going to mention -- it is good -- but at $35 represents 1/2 to a 1/3 of his budget. And i suspect if he is good at scrounging and creative to boot he could actually build a set of modest ESLs for his budget.

dave
__________________
community sites t-linespeakers.org, frugal-horn.com, frugal-phile.com ........ commercial site planet10-HiFi
p10-hifi forum here at diyA
  Reply With Quote
Old 13th May 2002, 03:44 PM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Default ESL Info

http://www.amasci.com/esloud/eslhwto.html The www.madisound.com discussion forums have a few who've built some ESL's over there too.
  Reply With Quote
Old 13th May 2002, 04:12 PM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
phishead8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Pasadena, CA
Benny,
I've just completed my own pair of ESLs and it cost me a little more than I planned on, as most DIY things do.
The 75-100 buck budget will barely be able to buy you a pair of step up transformers. I suggest that you price some mylar, perforated metal, insulating spacers, and a high voltage bias. This should give you an idea about how much your speakers will run.

I, however, don't want to discourage you. I priced my speakers at about $250. I spent more than that, but mostly due to screw-ups. All you need is to have is some good planning on your part (so you don't accidentally get incorrect items) and you can possibly build a set of your own for merely triple your intended budget. If you succeed in building a set, you will be blown away at the quality of the sound. By the nature of ESLs an incorrectly made speaker will merely have less output, not less sound quality.

If you need any help with your project please ask. I'm about ready to dive into a 3rd and 4th pair (a final pair for myself, and a pair for a buddy).
-Dan
  Reply With Quote
Old 13th May 2002, 06:35 PM   #7
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Cambridge, OH. USA
Here, I've got a whole website on the subject:

http://home1.gte.net/res0f2t3/index.htm

Don't forget to check out the SACD player link while you're there!
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th May 2002, 12:59 AM   #8
frugal-phile(tm)
diyAudio Moderator
 
planet10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Victoria, BC, NA, Sol III
Blog Entries: 5
Just ran across this note on a DIY ESL kit for (a little out of the budget range, but are a more or less complete kit is kinda unique):

Quote:
Now Available: The Electrostatic Loudspeaker System NSS 0.3a for only $260
The Audio Circuit has made a deal with Newton Sound Systems, who offer the
first really affordable DIY Electrostatic Loudspeaker kit, the NSS 0.3. They
now also offer the NSS 0.3a, a kit with all electronics needed to build your
own pair of ESL's for just $260. Read all about the NSS 0.3 and the NSS 0.3a
at:http://www.audiocircuit.com/9041-esl...041IMAI-DI.htm
dave
__________________
community sites t-linespeakers.org, frugal-horn.com, frugal-phile.com ........ commercial site planet10-HiFi
p10-hifi forum here at diyA
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th May 2002, 06:22 PM   #9
diyAudio Member
 
Thatch_Ear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Dallas,Tx
<www.audioasylum.com> has a forum dealing with ribbons,planers and stats. More info there than you need about commercial but not sure about DIY. <www.metacrawler.com> is great for doing searches. The site you need is out there, it might take a while to find it. Post at the Asylum and you will get some good URLs if any are to be had. I bought a pair a JansZen Mod 60s on Ebay and need to overhaul the electrics so I am going to be learning about small panel Stats. By the way the problem seems to be cheap power supplies and probably mediocre crossover parts. Be sure and put your $$ in the most important places first.
__________________
Thatch
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2002, 02:24 AM   #10
Wizard of Kelts
diyAudio Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Connecticut, The Nutmeg State
Sanders' book is indeed excellent, as were his articles in Audio magazine some time back-like 10 years ago.

If you are a US citizen or resident, I would just like to point out that Sanders' book, like all books, is available from your local library through Inter-Library Loan. Check with your local librarian. Even if the book is only available from a library out-of-state, they will get it for you. I believe this is all for no charge.

If you are not in the US, check with your librarian anyway. They very possibly have the same system we have in the USA.
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electrostatic speaker DIY from Metaxas peranders Multi-Way 3 23rd November 2008 10:49 PM
WTB - Electrostatic speaker design books jeffshort2000 Swap Meet 0 28th December 2007 01:19 PM
Anyone heard of a KEF electrostatic speaker ? RobWells Planars & Exotics 11 17th December 2006 11:39 AM
Voltmeter to monitor an Electrostatic speaker 10000 Volt power supply kermeeng Planars & Exotics 19 17th April 2004 02:23 AM
Electrostatic Speaker Kit up on ebay mikejz84 Planars & Exotics 3 19th October 2003 12:53 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 02:32 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2