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Old 8th August 2011, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default My first Active sub build...

Hello all, my first post here so please be gentle....

I am on a tight budget for a sub woofer, i DJ a few parties a year, 3 or 4 and my own New Years eve party... Currently u use 2 Cerwin Vega AT-10 as my main and a paradigm 10" active sub for my sub, its not bad, but i would prefer to keep my home theater paradigm sub out of the party genre and go for something less expensive and more disposable if something happens... I use a 300 watt cheapy amp i bought online, i even forget the brand of it, but its cool enough for what i do...

I have a party(100 people) coming up in late September in a hall, my sub will not cut it, i bought speaker stands for my AT-10s i think i can do with that, but i need a bigger sub.

So i wanted to build my own sub using this woofer and this amp.
Woofer:
Dayton Audio PA380-8 15" Pro Woofer
Amp:
Dayton Audio SA240-B 240W Subwoofer Amplifier with Boost

Are these ok?
As for the cabinet... i am not sure what i should tune it to for dance music application... 35 hz? 40 hz? or is it even lower? Where is most of the "boom booms" range in dance music?

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Old 8th August 2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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Actually i think this woofer is better for not much more?

Dayton Audio DCS380-4 15" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm

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Old 8th August 2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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It really depends on the size of the venue that you will be DJ'ing at. I would first suggest that you have a look at some of Bill Fitzmaurice enclosure designs - they are well proven and fairly easy to build.

Second, since you are in Canada and if you are looking at the Dayton 15" drivers, I would suggest that you purchase through Solen Electronique in St-Hubert and avoid the costs of shipping, customs and duty from the USA. You can aslo get the Dayton subwoofer amps from them as well
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Old 8th August 2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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Wow, thanks for the tip! that saves me alot of pain in shipping prices are good too... ... Hehehe ok i will check out Bill's designs....

As for the venue, like i said i do not do many during the year... the one i will do in Sept is at a hall in the West Island... thats probably the biggest venue i will do....

Thanks again for the tip buddy!

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Old 8th August 2011, 08:47 PM   #5
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No problem, I have dealt with Solen for many years and they are great to work with, reasonable prices, quick/inexpensive shipping and know their products.

Any time you get into a reasonable size hall, an efficient bass/sub horn design will work better for you than other types of enclosures.

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Old 8th August 2011, 08:57 PM   #6
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I sent Bill an email telling him what parts i gad to see what he says, i like his Tuba designs, very cool, and nice looking too...

I will probably end up building this sub and then simply building new mains to replace my AT-10s from Cerwin Vega...

Thanks again i will keep you up to date on my progress...



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Old 8th August 2011, 09:23 PM   #7
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Bonne chance and do post what you end up doing

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Old 8th August 2011, 11:16 PM   #8
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this amp has a lot more power for little more money

Bash 500W Digital Subwoofer Amplifier

and build this

The Othorn tapped horn

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Old 9th August 2011, 03:46 AM   #9
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robmorin - if you are looking to purchase the BASH sub amps - fyi, the best prices in Canada are from Creative Sound Solutions (CSS) in Abbotsford, BC.

They have both the BASH300 and the BASH500
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Old 9th August 2011, 12:12 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies so far.... I did not notice much difference in the amps, as there are not many specs on either one except that the BASH has a 103db and the Dayton has only 90db... Also the BASH says 0.5 THD and Dayton does not seem to have it posted... With the BASH i do not see the heat sink, is it on the inside? if so that does not seem practice to keep any heat within the enclosure? unless there is a fan?

Comments?

Anyone use this BASH 300 before.... i am not knocking it, just comparing between the two thats all...

As for that Enclosure, woa! seems a bit complicated for my first sub build, maybe my second one i can try it... But thanks for the tip!

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