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Old 10th November 2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

first of all, I'm new here but if felt like this was the right forum to post things like this.

I'm a designer and lately I've been interested in audio. I have basic knowledge of building and the different elements to of the speaker Etc so I don't have to be too basic.

Anyways, I'm looking at constructing a 2-way system that I would design myself of course and the reason is that I find speakers often clunky or bulky. They often stand out a lot in a negative way. Personally I find that speakers has developed to a point where you can have a small speaker with a great sound for your normal home and I guess this is where I'm focusing my design.

So my question is; what do you recommend, what building stones would I need? I'm up for any thoughts about this subjects, whether it's active or passive, capacitors, terminals anything.

Also, where would U get the drivers...?
Have been looking around this morning on this forum but haven't found anything.
It's a project that is slightly price orientated so maybe suppliers from China?

Post your thoughts, comments Etc. Much appreciated!

PS. Live in Melbourne but most things are quite expensive here though...

I have a manufacturing thought behind it all depending on outcome.
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Old 10th November 2014, 11:24 PM   #2
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Old 10th November 2014, 11:29 PM   #3
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Yeah, I understand the concept of size when it comes to speakers. A large speaker deliveres more, simply put but the need of a more compact speaker is greater and will appeal to a larger crowd etc. A lot of people live in apartments, or having a nice office where they want some speakers to fit in because they appreciate the looks and the sound of a bit more worked speakers. Size have to be compromised in those cases.

I'm focusing on maximum 8" but pref around 5.25"

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Old 11th November 2014, 02:44 AM   #4
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The speakers should always be bigger than the desk...

Seriously, once a co worker stop by the house on the way back from fishing and his eyes popped when he saw the speakers. They are large. Good luck with your quest

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Old 11th November 2014, 03:10 AM   #5
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Most guys here like big ugly macho designs, black cone speakers; For max SAF I'd go the opposite - slim, curvy design, light colours, white cone speakers... unfortunately white cone drivers are relatively rare, the most affordable are probably Fostex drivers, which would indicate a Full range + helper woofer design for best sound/$
(I have a design in mind which I may get around to once I've got my man-cave system finished ;-)
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Most guys here like big ugly macho designs, black cone speakers; For max SAF I'd go the opposite - slim, curvy design, light colours, white cone speakers... unfortunately white cone drivers are relatively rare, the most affordable are probably Fostex drivers, which would indicate a Full range + helper woofer design for best sound/$
(I have a design in mind which I may get around to once I've got my man-cave system finished ;-)
Thx for the honesty

Yeah, often it's either one. You are a design follows function or the other way around but that's ok... I'm pretty much in the middle. I just want sound to look better than it does.

I'll have a look at Fostex drivers. I think full range + sub would be ok. It would create a different design but that's ok.

When you buy drivers like that, do you head to the mothership straight away or is there different retailers etc?
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What about this?
SEAS KingRO4Y

You could probably chop the design up in 2 pieces/channel if you want to.
I've seen them in real life, they are not huge, but not tiny either, very pretty for a traditional boxed design.

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There are plenty of coax/small fullrange drivers that can be built into small boxes or run OB. You can also make several miniature subs with drivers like Tang Band W6-1139SIF or equivalent, and just shove them into whatever small space you have, they can fit into many places if you're just creative.

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Old 13th November 2014, 11:47 PM   #8
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Thank you for the suggestion! The data is quite good I must say but I couldn't find a price. They look like they're expensive

I'm not too focused here if the driver itself looks good or not, because it would probably be hidden anyways behind a mesh/net as they quite commonly are.

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What about this?
SEAS KingRO4Y

You could probably chop the design up in 2 pieces/channel if you want to.
I've seen them in real life, they are not huge, but not tiny either, very pretty for a traditional boxed design.

Edit:
There are plenty of coax/small fullrange drivers that can be built into small boxes or run OB. You can also make several miniature subs with drivers like Tang Band W6-1139SIF or equivalent, and just shove them into whatever small space you have, they can fit into many places if you're just creative.
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Old 14th November 2014, 01:34 AM   #9
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No Seas distributor in Aus any more, you'd have to import them; equivalent quality available locally are SB drivers, distributor Wagner: Speaker Drivers, Audio Speakers & Pa | Wagner Electronics, wagneronline.com.au

Re:"do you head to the mothership straight away or is there different retailers etc" - for prototypes, get your drivers from the local distributor, it's a different game if you're buying commercial qtys though...
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Old 14th November 2014, 04:08 AM   #10
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I'm originally Swedish and Seas looks like it's an .no company so that I could sort out... no drama

Wagner's seems like the site I'm after at the moment, just to browse a bit, getting back into the Audio parts (was a while ago I dealt with all the stuff if I didn't mention that in the first post). Thank you!

What do you mean "it's a different game"?

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No Seas distributor in Aus any more, you'd have to import them; equivalent quality available locally are SB drivers, distributor Wagner: Speaker Drivers, Audio Speakers & Pa | Wagner Electronics, wagneronline.com.au

Re:"do you head to the mothership straight away or is there different retailers etc" - for prototypes, get your drivers from the local distributor, it's a different game if you're buying commercial qtys though...
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