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rock12 6th January 2013 12:33 PM

Best SSE speakers
 
Starting my SSE build and am looking for Ideas on DIY speakers to work with this amp.I have built planet10 Foukens, Bob Brines QWTL, I would like to stay under 500 on driver prices full range,mtm, or just about anything not to big This has to go into a normal living room

lousymusician 7th January 2013 03:13 AM

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Originally Posted by rock12 (Post 3313314)
Starting my SSE build and am looking for Ideas on DIY speakers to work with this amp.I have built planet10 Foukens, Bob Brines QWTL, I would like to stay under 500 on driver prices full range,mtm, or just about anything not to big This has to go into a normal living room

My SSE works *very* nicely with the Metronomes I built some years back. The drivers in those were Hemp Acoustics FR8's, long since unavailable. The Wild Burro Betsy K's are probably pretty close to the Hemps, so they would be a safe (and inexpensive) bet. There's a nice MLTL design for them, to my knowledge nobody has adapted the Metronome for Betsy. A Met or MLTL with any reasonably efficient full-range drivers (e.g. Fostex) would be a natural match. Or, use the full-rangers's in a simple sealed box and use the rest of your budget for a sub to fill in the bottom end.

Right now, my SSE is driving Fostex FE166E's as the top end of my open baffle speakers, with an active xover and a second amp driving the woofers.

$500 would buy a pair of Betsy's (the non-K OB version), a pair of Goldwood GW-1858 woofers, a MiniDSP crossover and a decent sized class D amp to run the woofers. You can have a lot of fun with a rig like that (though fitting them into you room might be problematic...).

If you tend towards rock'n'roll, you could even think about an Econowave/ SEOS type 2-way, with a high sensitivity 'pro' type woofer and a waveguide-loaded compression tweeter.

Lots of choices out there!

Bill

pbkrag 12th January 2013 03:57 AM

I built the Fostex BK-12m Folded Horn Kit from madisound (http://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com...horn-kit-pair/) for the SSE and have been very happy with it. It uses the fostex FE126En. I think the design is from Planet 10. I mostly listen to Jazz and Folk, which they handle very very well. Heavy Metal would be pushing it, but 70's hard rock Who, Zeppelin, etc sound pretty good. At first they were a little bright and forward for me, but between wear in and a little BSC, they have really come into form.


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