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Old 11th July 2019, 04:40 PM   #1
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A couple of years ago I built up a pair of speakers for my home office/den
that are comprised of Mark Audio Alpair 7A Gen. 3 Drivers in a Classic Golden
Ratio Speaker Cabinets from Planet 10. Then added a pair of inexpensive
Sony subwoofers for the low end. it works good.

For my living room I'm planning to go with a tube amp (30-50 watt range)
for the mains and assume that I'll need to add some subwoofers for the low end.
The room is 16' x 24 foot with a vaulted/cathedral ceiling
(Note: the actual living room area of the room is 16 x 16).

Ideally the speakers would be free standing no taller than 4 feet and
no wider than about 2' on a side (18" on a side being even better).


So with all that being said I'm looking for some thoughts and
suggestions for some speakers I can build for my living room.

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Old 11th July 2019, 06:30 PM   #2
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Have you looked at the ‘Audio Nirvana’ website. Plenty of high quality options there. I’d love to try their drivers but don’t have room for them really and I’m in the UK so costs for importation are too high.
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Old 11th July 2019, 06:55 PM   #3
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Just don’t use any of their recommended box designs… David Dicks has shown that he knows little about box design. Also beware of the drivers that produce no bass. I have only heard a half-dozen of their models and only the 10” ferrite had potential (but was very pricey for what it did).

If you liked the A7.3 then why not consider something like the A11ms in its Pensil (the depth of the Frugel-Horn XL might be too much)

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Old 11th July 2019, 07:42 PM   #4
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It looks like the Pensil or the Frugel-Horn XL would fit.

Another thought is that I saw a folder horn the was ported on
the top with the thought being it would bounce off the ceiling.
The one I saw was a bit tall at 6' so tipping over would be a concern.
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Which one? Porting the air cavity of a horn is not a good idea. For instance, the big, factory recommended FE126 horn does this, and it ends up being a lot of work for next to no return An optimum 4 litre miniOnken goes almost as low (with better fidelity)

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Which one? Porting the air cavity of a horn is not a good idea. For instance, the big, factory recommended FE126 horn does this, and it ends up being a lot of work for next to no return An optimum 4 litre miniOnken goes almost as low (with better fidelity)

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I don't recall and did not save the link, sorry.

The Frugel-Horn does look interesting and would fit

in your opinion what would be the 'better' driver Fostex or Mark Audio
If used with a Frugel-Horn and a tube amp?
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I prefer the Mark Audio drivers. With a largish PP amp as you are proposing, they would work well.

The amp plays a role in that it has an output impedance and that can affect the bass. With the FHs one can tune the bass to the driver, the room, the room placement, and your taste. The FHXL (except for the BIG Woden horns) extracts more from drivers such as the A11ms/A10.3/p or Fostex FF165wk as well as quite a few drivers (the listed ones are our gotos)

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I have the Elekit Tu-8340 (45W) my speakers are Pensil 10p, CHR-70.3, CHN-70. Wow, they all sound awesome (but I'm no audiophile). If the Frugal-Horn XL is better than the Pensils, I say go for it, you can't lose...
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I prefer the Mark Audio drivers. With a largish PP amp as you are proposing, they would work well.

The amp plays a role in that it has an output impedance and that can affect the bass. With the FHs one can tune the bass to the driver, the room, the room placement, and your taste. The FHXL (except for the BIG Woden horns) extracts more from drivers such as the A11ms/A10.3/p or Fostex FF165wk as well as quite a few drivers (the listed ones are our gotos)

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I was discussing this with my wife and by moving a few things around I can gain
a lot of space (width) for speakers so that opens my options up a bit more.
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