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I would eventually like to design and build a 4 way set of towers for my home theater with a matching center channel. However, I do not think it would be wise to make this my first project. I was thinking of making a set of 2 way bookshelf or floorstanding speakers to start out and attempt to build the crossovers as well. I was contemplating using a kit but I think I would learn more by failing a few times. I read the sticky about crossover design and it was quite helpful. Where would I go to learn more about different crossover designs. Also, what measurement instruments do I need to purchase to measure the frequency response of my project? I am excited to get started on this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Jon
 
For those of you who have done this for awhile, how did you start out? Where did you obtain your knowledge? What would you do differently? I'm prepared to do hours of reading. Or is it something you just need to get into and try out? I love woodworking and I love music. I'm trying to combine my two passions with this project(s).

- Jon
 
4 ways are very rarely worthwhile. A quality woofer can easily reach 300hz to cross to a 4" or larger mid, and a mid under 6" will have no issue reaching around 3khz for pretty much any tweeter. So basically what I'm saying is you shouldn't even bother thinking about a 4 way.

Since you are new to all of this you have a ton of reading to do, here's a great place to start

The Speaker Building Bible

Even after reading all of that, until you start relating and applying the info, you're going to be lost... If you really want to try doing a design, start out with a modest 2 way using drivers with a smooth extended response.

The simplest measurement setup will be a Dayton Omnimic, and DATS. You can of course DIY a setup for much cheaper if you look around.
 
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