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Old 27th October 2010, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default Where to source parts for subwoofer build

I've always wanted to get into speaker building, and with the recent demise of my 12" JBL sub, I'm looking into starting a project and building my own.

One of the things that I'm struggling with is where and what to buy as far as components go. With car audio I'm very familiar with the tons of brands of drivers and amps that are available to me (whats good, whats bad, etc), but with home components the brands seem limited (at least to a newbie), there doesn't seem to be too many sites that sell the stuff, and I've never heard of 90% of the brands so I don't know whats good stuff vs cheap stuff.

Any of you guys give me some advice on how to get started?
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Old 27th October 2010, 02:34 AM   #2
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Read. Lots of reference to where things cm be sourced for a specific project. Go strolling thru the threads and shop for the kind of project that might appeal to you.

You'll see lots of favorites & lots of opinions I'll leave it to others to name names.

Watch the ads. Look in the commercial section.

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Old 27th October 2010, 05:20 PM   #3
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And tell more about what exactly you're looking for. Does it need to go loud, low, not so loud, not so low, how large can it be, what do you already have, is it for music, for HT, not unimportantly; budget.

PS How did your previous sub die?

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Old 27th October 2010, 05:29 PM   #4
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I have found the eBay can be an incredible source for all sorts of great parts.
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Old 27th October 2010, 08:56 PM   #5
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I had a JBL DPS12 (12" 250W). It was about 10 years old, and the amp just finally died. From what I've read about this sub I got pretty lucky that the amp lasted that long.

The sub I'm building will primarily be used for HT. Probably 90% HT, 10% music. I know that I want to do another 12" and cabinet size really isn't too much of an issue since the cabinet on the existing JBL is gigantic.

This is most certainly a budget build. Before I got ideas that I might want to build one, I was thinking about replacing it with a Polk Audio PSW125. This sub lists between 350 and 400, just to give you an idea.

My thinking here is that I could probably build something way better for around the same amount of money.

I had started to take a look at my options. I can't really seem to find too many other brands of plate amps besides Dayton, and as far as drivers are concerned I had looked at maybe the Peerless XLS series.

I guess my problem is that I don't have any brand recognition with these brands like I have with car audio, so I can't tell the difference between a pinto and a ferrari.
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Old 27th October 2010, 11:19 PM   #7
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Possibly a hair above your price range I'd check out this for sure.....
Rythmik Audio 12" servo subwoofer " DS1200 Custom Installation subwoofer
This is worth a look as well, coming in @ under $400....
Creative Sound - Product Details
Or combine this SW-12B - SW-12B and this SA-1 - SA-1
for a <$250 package.
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Old 28th October 2010, 12:43 AM   #8
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Steve (ApexJr) sells good stuff for good price. You might even want to consider a pair of ApexJr Super 8. My HT sub uses a pair. My current sub project uses CSS SDX10.

The current plateamp steal are the NHT/Foster plate amps Jack Hidley is selling. $35 each. Packaged 2 to a master carton.

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Old 28th October 2010, 02:11 AM   #9
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If one of the Foster/NHT amps is not enough, 2 can be bridged. The site also includes info for changing/customizing/boosting the sub filter.
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Old 28th October 2010, 02:31 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the responses, this is exactly the stuff I needed to get started.
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